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. The Paragon Group is hosting an online CPD masterclass entitled ‘Designing Towards a Healthy Built Environment’ in a webinar at 10:00 on Tuesday 4 August. Philippe Starck’s new ME by Starck range for Duravit satisfies the desire for pure aesthetics while achieving the greatest possible range of individual design possibilities. The undulating form of the new pavilion over the northern terrace at the Country Club Johannesburg in Auckland Park, designed by Rebel Base Collective, adds to the layered conversation of the club’s architectural heritage. The difficulties of accessing remote sites, combined with the challenge posed by flight and travel restrictions due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, will result in a fundamental shift in the South African construction industry towards adopting digital assets. Bushtec Creations have in-house design teams who can design bespoke African bush tented camps, Safari tented lodges to luxurious desert tented camps or even tropical tented resorts. The new Soweto Healthcare Hub, situated on Chris Hani Road near Maponya Mall and the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus, features state-of-the-art energy-efficient airconditioning. Growthpoint and Serra® Services have achieved the first Green Star Existing Building Performance (EBP) rating for an industrial building in Gauteng. As a leading supplier of construction materials, AfriSam has over many years pioneered and sustained numerous initiatives towards a greener planet across all its business units, for the benefit of all stakeholders and at all touchpoints. The JBCC says that the lack of standardisation in the South African construction industry is not sustainable nor desirable for the industry. SAOTA and Jaco Booyens Architect have won gold at the International Domus Restoration and Conservation Awards for the restoration of heritage buildings on Buffelsdrift Farm in the Klein Karoo. Designer lighting company willowlamp has its sights set on joining the illustrious group of Clout designers whose work comprises Nando’s iconic décor. A virtual expo experience will replace this year’s physical shows of Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa. A survey conducted by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) shows that architectural firms have been severely affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. Paragon Interface Director Claire D’Adorante won the Professional of the Year Award in the Architecture and Design Class of the Built Environment Category at the 2019/2020 South African Professional Services Awards. Submissions for the Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction (ERWIC) Awards can be made until 17 July. Architects and installers have to meet new public perceptions on hygiene with intelligent solutions, says Werner Beukes, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at LIXIL Africa. 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. Somers Govender, Principal Architect at Artek 4 Architects and AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Awards adjudicator, discusses the future of architecture and technology. From foundations to countertops and everything in between, Métier Mixed Concrete can tailor-make to your specifications using a variety of aggregates and pigments. Architect Wynand Tromp of TROMP Studio says now is the time to work, to earn, to acquire, to invest, to shop. Bouwer Serfontein, Director: Europe at NEW URBAN, highlights how the current pandemic has exposed how socially, spatially, and economically unequal we are and says the country needs to look back to traditional design practices. AECOM’s annual global report demonstrates how investment in infrastructure has the power to alleviate today’s economic and social distress for generations to come. The Dr. Pixley Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal has been fast-tracked to open this month. As construction resumes at University of Fort Hare student accommodation, STAG African director Sean Kenealy believes that the reopening of the construction sector will help cushion unemployment. Design your own African inspired mixer cover plate and stand a chance to win trip to Germany with Axor. Paragon Group offers consulting services for the office of the future. Noah’s Ark is actively seeking South African local manufacturers and tradesmen and women to be part of Noah’s Ark, the largest and most ambitious conservation project in history. Nando’s Clout Fires Up The Ravi Naidoo Residency for Emerging Creatives, declaring Mmamotsatsi Masike its First-ever Recipient. The savvy solution usually isn’t the sexiest one. With Taylor, you’ll find that it is. Giflo Developments, pioneers of mixed-use live-work-play precincts such as Irene Link, celebrates 10 years in the business. As Deloitte SA resumes occupancy of its new African headquarters, workspace flexibility proves especially relevant as workplaces institute of social distancing protocols The value of parks and outdoor spaces in South Africa is expected to prove even more precious as our nation deals with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pratliperl, an ultra-lightweight, thermally insulating and fireproof aggregate for plaster and screed is touted as the modern solution for energy-efficient building. Growthpoint’s head office development for Exxaro receives Africa’s first WELL certification. Two of Belgotex’s popular modern vinyls have been updated to offer more colour, comfort and choice. Dulux South Africa Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa, shares some of her advice on how to tackle that home office makeover. Henning Rasmuss, Director, Paragon Group, says that Covid-19 has laid bare challenges that could lead to constructive behaviour change for individuals and companies. Martin Smith, Technical Director - Buildings, Aurecon (rebranding as Zutari), on how property owners can respond to health and wellness challenges of Covid-19 and best prepare their workplaces under such circumstances. Polyflor SA has been supplying vinyl flooring to emergency COVID-19 sites which are being erected around the country. Evalution Flooring has embarked on a sustainability that will enable zero waste to landfill in the LVT flooring arena. Boogertman + Partners has launched an end-to-end consulting service offering spatial solutions to get business back to work. AfriSam has extended its deadline for entries to its AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award until 3 July 2020 to accommodate South Africa’s lockdown measures. Union House in the heart of Cape Town’s Central Business District has been restored with a vibrant deep blue from Plascon and preferred applicator, Indawo, replacing the previous muted beige. How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect the built environment? Experts from the network of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction from around the globe share their views. ARCHITECTURE BEYOND COVID-19 invites all architects, urban designers and interior designers (student also welcome) to submit projects that provide possible solutions to how the built environment should be re-designed to prevent future pandemics. Swartland has launched Summit XPS Insulation Board as part of its Summit range of insulation and decorative ceiling products. Boogertman + Partners in association with Geyser Hahn have designed a proposal to turn FNB Soccer City into a 1500 bed Temporary Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre. The V&A Waterfront, in partnership with Platform Creative Agency, has launched a new initiative called 100 Beautiful Things that will feature 100 things over 100 days (from now until August) that are creative, innovative or simply beautiful. A submission by the Construction COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Team is calling for an immediate re-activation of live construction sites that were at various stages of completion when the lockdown came into effect. Design Joburg has made the decision to now reschedule the event to 1-3 October 2020. WoodEX for Africa 2020 biennial trade show moves from 09 - 11 June 2020 (Gallagher Convention Centre) to 16 – 18 September 2020 (TicketPro Dome). A movement towards revival in South Africa, by Bouwer Serfontein, Director: Europe at NEW URBAN.