The recent renovations of 3 Alice Lane in Sandton exemplifies the possibilities of restoring older buildings. Introducing Duram’s new Habitat Colour Collection featuring 90 inspired paint colours. ‘Keep on walking’ just took on a new meaning say Patrick McInerney, Christoph Malan, Catharine Atkins and Malika Walele of Co-Arc International Architects. As the world begins to show signs of a return to normalcy, sustainability has become the rallying point for business strategy, commonly referred to as the ‘green recovery’. Concrete enhancing and repair products supplied by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals are being used at the Oxford Parks development in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Landseer Collen, a director and himself an architect with BPAS Architects discusses common question: the will digital replace draughts people? Indeed, could automation eventually replace architects entirely? Modern Danish children's furniture brand FLEXA has launched in South Africa. Virtual meeting platforms are fast becoming BuildConnect’s new business mainstay. The hottest young designers in South Africa have been unveiled thanks to the Nando’s bi-annual talent search. The PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative marks 28 years of supporting top SA interior design and architecture talent. When it comes to specifying flooring, deciding on the best product for your project can be daunting. Polyflor’s new Online Advisor makes it a little easier. Plascon has put together a palette of sizzling colours that’ll warm up any interior this summer. SAIA president Dr Luyanda Mpahlwa explains the role that architects and designers should play in implementing sustainable architecture practices to help solve critical issues in South Africa, including affordable housing. Terraforce is happy to announce that Maxiwall Pro now includes important upgrades to ensure users continue to optimize their workflow and remain in compliance with the most recent design standards. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that Sir David Adjaye will receive the 2021 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. Dr Andries Nel, Head of Water at SEM Solutions says an urgent paradigm shift is required towards sustainable water management to promote urban water self-sufficiency in South Africa. Bentel Associates International has won awards in two categories at The African & Arabian Property Awards 2020 for Harbour Arch in Cape Town and Marriott Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments in Johannesburg. Researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) found that South Africa has sufficient log resource options for a sustainable wood residential building market. Hennessy celebrates the 150th anniversary of X.O with the release of a limited edition masterpiece: architect Frank Gehry’s sculptural reinterpretation of Hennessy X.O’s iconic bottle. Economic pinch puts spotlight on green building this World Green Building Week says STAG African accommodation group. The newly expanded Luv series by Cecilie Manz for Duravit features new colour combinations with Almond Satin Matt. It is time to change the structure of our cities, write Patrick McInerney, Christoph Malan, Catharine Atkins and Malika Walele of Co-Arc International Architects. In a competitive business environment in difficult economic circumstances, value management helps developers to deliver both savings and returns. The new SABIS® International School – Runda in Nairobi achieved a Green Star Africa-Kenya PEB v1 Design Rating in April 2020. No. 6 Silo building receives star environmental rating from the Green Buildings Council of SA. Dulux Colour FuturesTM 2021has named Brave Ground, a warm, earthy and empowering neutral as its Colour of the Year. The Covid-19 crisis is expected to fuel unparalleled growth in e-commerce operations in South Africa, which in turn might accelerate a much greater investment in warehouse space. Multi-Disciplinary collective of conservationists, architects, designers and engineers led by urbanist Scott Francisco selected for design centering on climate action, social equity, preservation and improved wellbeing. The latest MSCI South Africa Green Annual Property Index adds to the growing body of evidence that certified green buildings are a worthwhile investment. TAL fulfilled tiling and waterproofing requirements within various areas of The Leonardo with a total surface area of 40 000m2. The Cape York building in Johannesburg’s CBD has risen from the ashes to fulfil its potential. The recent Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction (ERWIC) Awards showcased women-led projects and achievements in the construction industry. The PowerOptimal Elon range allows direct solar PV DC to electric geyser power provision and optimised solar power use in a single compact unit. No inverter, no batteries. ASSA ABLOY launches powerful BIM-enabled tools for door hardware specification. Fourways Airconditioning, the sole distributors of Samsung air conditioners, matches a contemporary estate’s opulent design while reducing utility costs with air-conditioning innovation. World-renowned German sanitary company GROHE has developed sleek, innovative solutions to make kitchens more elegant and convenient than ever. How a South African roof tile innovation will recycle 29 million plastic bottles per year. Duravit presents two new custom washing-area variants for the Happy D.2 Plus series by sieger design. A rare military relic was unearthed on the site of Alpha One, a six-story boutique development on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town. The South African Professional Services Awards has named Kim Timm (Pr Eng), Executive – Structures, Buildings and Places at AECOM as Woman Professional of the Year for 2019/2020. A guide to developing net zero carbon buildings in South Africa is freely available and can be downloaded here Woodbender’s new range of solid timber outdoor furniture arrives just in time for summer. Take a look at the design for Pullman Accra Airport City in Accra, Ghana, the largest project designed by Paragon Architects and under construction at present. Melrose LOW RISE, a residential development in the Johannesburg suburb of Melrose, designed by W Design Architecture Studio, reimagines the residential development as a condensed suburb. This Women’s Month, Zutari, formerly known as Aurecon, reflects on the progress made to empower and capacitate our women in society and the economy. The National Construction Incubator says more women are needed in construction in the country to turn the country’s economy around. rise international (Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise) is seeking 50 forward-thinking architects to mentor young entrepreneurs at its $100,000 to design and build an Enterprise Hub. SA’s finest design talent brings African flair to a German design brand. To mark National Women’s Day on 9 August, dhk shines the spotlight on several women who are intrinsic to some of dhk's latest new work. dormakaba’s ES 200 sliding door operator system reduces the need for human contact to maintain the highest levels of hygiene. Paragon Student Architect Caitlin Ho African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo aim to close the gender gap in traditionally masculine industries such as construction. Duravit has been setting the trend in online architectural and interior design CPD training. The South African Wood Preservers Association says that treated wood offers designers the choice of the foremost renewable and sustainable material. Melanie Ewing, renowned Chapters Design Academy CEO, talks to us about the latest trends and looks in the fashion and design world. SAIA president Dr Luyanda Mpahlwa explains the role that architects and designers should play in implementing sustainable architecture practices to help solve critical issues in South Africa, including affordable housing. Architect Wynand Tromp argues that it is our responsibility as architects and designers to specify carbon neutral materials in our projects. ARRCC has been awarded Interior Design Firm of the Year – South Africa, in the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2020. Hansgrohe’s training initiative enables tradespeople and architects to earn Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points online. Family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate Quoin Rock has been transformed into a masterful architectural undertaking by architect Julia Gaiduk.