The versatility of precast concrete

The role of the South African precast concrete industry continues to gain in scope and significance, a fact for which there is ample evidence in this year’s CMA Awards for Excellence competition. In this precursor to the awards, Leading Architecture showcases some of the favourites for top honours. Whatever the application, the 12th CMA Awards […]

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Building the World Cup

With the 2010 Football World Cup just a year away, this issue of Leading Architecture is dedicated to the creation of the 10 stadiums in which this mammoth tournament will be played. And in the construction of the stadiums, cement and concrete cannot be ignored. From the facade of the iconic SoccerCity which is clad […]

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A holistic approach

Willem Steenkamp of the University of the Free State scooped the prestigious Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award for 2008 with his entry entitled ‘Creating a memorable place for the Herero culture’ Steenkamp was selected from a group of seven regional finalists at a function held at the Wanderer’s Club in March 2009. As […]

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The first barrier

Those in the door industry pride themselves on designing innovative solutions that enhance the beauty and functionality of the places that architects design and build, but how are doors designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and impenetrable? “Doors are one of the first security barriers you face and if installed correctly and with the correct ironmongery […]

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The ins and outs of buildings

The entrances and exits of a building are much more than just edifices for people to get in and out of a particular structure, they also guide people in a certain direction, aid in emergency exit strategies, act as security devices and keep the elements out and the artificial atmosphere in. Before a building’s design […]

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Architectural qualifications in SA – intentions, impacts and issues

Gerald Steyn, a Research Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology, examines the state of architectural education in South Africa. He is responsible for coordinating the postgraduate programme and is chairperson of SACAP’s Validation and Heads of Schools Committees and a member of the Standards Generating Body (SGB) for Architecture […]

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Improving energy efficiency

As the country braces itself for another Eskom increase, we investigate the ways in which architects can limit the power drain of their latest projects. “Financial projections of the Eskom balance sheet and modelling of energy and electricity prices worldwide show with absolute certainty that South African electricity prices will double within three or four […]

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Seeing the light

Exterior lighting is fighting a battle on two fronts – primarily the need to limit energy wastage, and secondly, to a lesser extent, limiting light pollution. “Since the awareness of our limited electrical energy availability, all professional clients are looking for more energy efficient solutions for lighting in general and exterior lighting in particular,” notes […]

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Improving the quality of light

Trends in the lighting world are constantly in flux, and this is no different when it comes to outdoor lighting. LED’s, new materials, futuristic designs – you name it, it’s available. Q How are today’s exterior lights designed and manufactured to ensure that they are both aesthetically pleasing and durable in the harsh South African […]

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Signage challenges

Fire signage plays a crucial role in emergency evacuation procedures. In the event of a fire, it not only indicates escape routes but identifies fire fighting equipment. Although most companies have evacuation procedures and some even institute drills, the stress and panic of an actual emergency often causes chaos. In an emergency situation, people need […]

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