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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. KBAC Flooring has launched the Interface Works Collection, a new innovative range of affordable Hansgrohe has just launched a new range of state-of-the-art stainless steel and granite sinks, as well as their innovative range of kitchen mixers. Pool design trends and why early stage pool design planning is critical to the long-term outlook on lowering SA’s drowning statistics. Formwork and scaffolding solutions provider PERI South Africa is standing tall with its long-standing involvement in The Leonardo. Lighting brand Willowlamp presents a new direction and stylistic development with its latest design, The Link. Dr Luyanda Mpahlwa has been inaugurated as President of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). MAN Corporate Centre / Architect: Max Bögl Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG / Photo: Aspectfoto Königsbrunn / Reynaers system used: CW 86 (curtain wall bespoke solution), parallel opening window Daikin South Africa has launched a new SkyAir system cassette variant for light commercial applications with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The Vleihuis Development in Linden, Johannesburg, owned and designed by Marc Sherratt Sustainability Architects, achieved Net Zero Certifications from the GBCSA for Carbon, Water and Ecology. AfriSam recently announced the winners of its inaugural ConCreativity challenge at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Zeitz MOCAA. The conversion of the former ANC Shell House headquarters into a 563-unit residential development has played an important role in the rejuvenation of the Johannesburg inner city. Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), examines 2019 trends from a Quantity Surveyor perspective. The results of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s 5th Quality of Life Survey show that quality of life in the province continues to improve. Neolith provides the perfect flooring medium for the renovations at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires. Simmy Peerutin considers the implications of the recent survey on fees commissioned by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), which confirmed a depressing reality. Using the Autodesk Fusion 360 software package, RAW Studios expanded its existing Epik range of office furniture for 100% Design Johannesburg 2017. Open Studios returns to Cape Town once again, with architecture practices across the city opening their doors to the public on 3 and 4 December 2018. Leading furniture and homeware retailer, Weylandts, has opened its first store in Port Elizabeth. Plascon reveals their 2019 colour trends and how they’ll make all the difference in the built environment. Ellipse Waterfall, a new residential development comprising four elliptical towers of differing heights, is the first high-rise luxury apartment development in the heart of Waterfall City, Gauteng. Window coverings now offer additional functionality, such as filtering heat and light as well as reducing sound. Awarded projects for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation for 2017/18 announced at a prestigious event in Cape Town The official launch of the GCRO 5th Quality of Life Survey (2017/2018) will take place on 13 November 2018. International companies are starting to incorporate eclectic vernacular elements that contextualise their office spaces to distinguish their regional offices from each other. Heat radiated into uninsulated dwelling or roof space Speakers Corner, one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings, has recently been sensitively restored by Urban Lime properties. Speakers Corner, one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings, has recently been sensitively restored by Urban Lime properties. _DSC6663 simon-headshot