Noise pollution and city planning – why local government and industry have a collective responsibility when building cities of tomorrow: a view from Marloes Meer, Head of Sector and Market Intelligence at Saint-Gobain Andrew Skudder, CEO of Construction Computer Software (CCS), considers the importance of technologies such as estimating and enterprise management software in the rebuilding of Notre Dame. Sika’s specialised products were specified for the rehabilitation of the Komati River Bridge on the N4 Toll Route. SAOTA took aesthetic inspiration from the local architecture’s unique hybrid of mass and lightweight elements. The use of Sintered Stone for the angular three-dimensional design for the façade panels of the Flare of Frankfurt building demonstrates Neolith’s suitability for the urban environment. The International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction is open for entries, seeking projects that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology recently launched the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends. Storage King’s new head office in Boundary Park Industrial Park not only attracts attention, but is also designed to create a sense of security and to convey what a facility such as this can offer users. The 7th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo will be taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 June 2019. The premium-grade 144 Oxford Road office development in Rosebank, designed by Paragon Group. The International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction is open for entries, seeking projects that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The major advantage of steel bridges is that they are considerably faster to complete, with fewer logistical challenges, says SAISC. The ZenBook Pro is a top contender for anyone wanting desktop performance on the move. The GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC) in Melrose Estate, Johannesburg, has received a top sustainability accreditation from both South Africa and the US. Boxwood Property Fund challenged young designers to come up with fresh and innovative design concepts for buildings in their portfolio to bring new life to the Cape Town CBD. Polyflor offers reduced downtime and less subfloor preparation with The Polysafe QuickLay PUR Collection, a new adhesive-free, loose lay safety flooring for heavy traffic areas. The landmark 70s high-rise previously known as the ABSA building is being redeveloped into a unique mixed-use building called Foreshore Place. Herman Miller introduces Cosm, the company’s first task chair with an automatic tilt and the industry’s first suspension armrest. Designers, architects, light and sound artists – as well as students and institutions – are invited to submit expressions of interest for projects at the Spier Light Art Festival before 3 June 2019. Belgotex Celebrates Grand Opening of New Showroom and an African-Inspired Range. Riaan Huiskens from the Nelson Mandela University is the 32nd winner of the Corobrik Architectural Student Award. Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, is on at the Sandton Convention Centre from 24-26 May. Two SA teams will compete on the global stage at the 15th Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort Student Contest. Hansgrohe introduces new products and technologies to fulfil their commitment to the world as a leading sanitary fittings manufacturer. Leading architecture firm GASS Architecture Studios has revealed their design for the R1.2bn redevelopment of the Jewel City precinct in Johannesburg’s CBD by Divercity Urban Property Fund Pty (Ltd). Woodbender is proud to present their latest offering, the Kariba. The new Hybrid VRF system from Mitsubishi Electric cuts energy costs in half by simultaneously heating and cooling. The iconic 30-storey Towers Main building in Johannesburg’s ABSA Precinct now has a new owner and a new lease on life. The Emerald, a state-of-the-art residential development in Hyde Park has already been awarded an EDGE green star rating by The Green Building Council South Africa. Emerging Eastern Cape artist Sonwabiso Ngcai was announced as overall winner of 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards. The Blinds Syndicate, through its brand Luminos, will launch a new window treatment solution at this year’s Decorex Durban - Lumi Voile Delux. Architecture firm Boogertman+Partners has launched FuturePart, an inter-disciplinary platform for rigorous research and experimental design thinking. Sandi Lulasclan---Bonolo-Chepape---Lulasclan F19-MWS-Blue-01-0355 A17_MEA_Kere_-2 The EnergyGuard GeoBubble cover and the Energy-saving Solid Safety Cover from PowerPlastics Pool Covers have been designed specifically to reduce water, power and chemical consumption. With its wide range of colours, finishes and materials, Neolith shows that practicality and aesthetics need not be mutually exclusive as the traditionally functional role of the bathroom extends to become a personal sanctuary. At the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany this year, GROHE introduced a record number of innovations and more than 500 single new products that address the five mega trends it has identified in living spaces. Bob-van-Bebber-SAPSA-overall-professionl-award-winner The 18th ABB LEAF Awards, which are designed to celebrate excellence, integrity and diversity in the architectural industry, are now open for entries. AECOM, the ‘green’ consultant for Pran Boulevard on Umhlanga Rocks Drive in the Ridgeside precinct is committed to implementing sustainability across the board. French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited Saint-Gobain South Africa’s premises in Germiston, Ekurhuleni (Gauteng) this month. The Rubik, designed by DHK Architects and developed by Abland, consists of premium residential apartments above luxury offices and high-end retail space, housed within a distinctive modern glass-clad “tiered” building. The Vanguard Collection, a leading brand of exclusive flooring products, has announced expansive additions and refinements to its ranges. KOHLER has introduced their sleek new Slim Seats for the Reve, Replay and Modern Life ranges, with Escale and Presqu’ile to follow, and GermShield for their Modern Life range of contemporary toilets and basins. The new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana, was one of the first projects to utilize GEZE as a complete-package door and window solution partner. IKEA teamed up with a group of designers, architects, artists and creatives from five African countries to launch the limited-edition ÖVERALLT collection at Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town. The Hansgrohe Group presents Innovative Design Highlights at ISH 2019, the world's leading trade fair for sanitary and heating technology. Plascon’s Colour Forecast explores the ideal palette for welcoming the Autumn months taking inspiration from the shades of the mid-century period. The finalists for this year’s Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award incorporated sustainable architecture with innovation, technology and creative building design in their entries. This guidance note provides guidance to specifiers, designers, engineers, timber frame builders, or any other person or company regarding the correct use of treated timber poles for pilings or foundation poles in permanent buildings. Architects Of Justice have created an Adaptive Learning Environment (ALE), the eZone, at Wits Education Campus, which offers a glimpse of what classrooms will look like in the future. Vote for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, a public-facing initiative that was propelled into being 12 years ago by the Design Indaba to encourage debate around the definition of beauty. See how two printers have taken on the challenge of printing digital wallpaper and are already forging ahead into the future of the industry. Virtual Reality (VR) in architecture stands to become an invaluable resource in the design process and when presenting a building designs. Design Indaba, the internationally acclaimed creative conference, will take place in Cape Town from Wednesday 27 February to Friday 01 March 2019. Speakers include Mariam Kamara, Annabelle Selldorf, John Pawson and Alice Rawsthorn. For the first time since their inception, the Design Foundation Awards is opening up submissions directly to the design industry and public. #FREESPACE, a programme of talks, debate and performance, hosted at the Zeitz MOCAA until 17 February, shining the spotlight on the notion of public space. The iconic Rosebank Link building features South Africa’s first custom-designed full-colour LED video screen engineered to be an integral part of the building’s fabric.