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Living in harmony with the Universe – the principles of Vastu Shastra in architecture

Vastu Shastra is the ancient Indian science of architecture and building design.   It is based on the alignment of buildings to cosmic energies.  The application of Vastu Shastra was used primarily for temple design, however it covers all aspects of architecture from design and construction to habitation.  The underlying essence of Vastu Shastra is for […]

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Building industry should seek profitable sustainability

Sustainability in building is no longer negotiable, the recent Master Builders South Africa Congress at the Windhoek Country Club was told. Speaking on global sustainability issues at the “Beyond 2010” congress, Roger Flanagan, Professor of Construction Management at the University of Reading, UK, emphasised that the importance of sustainability in all aspects of building and […]

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The C&CI Moving Space Short Film Competition 2010

The Cement and Concrete Institute called for entries for the annual C&CI Moving Space Student Architecture Short Film Competition early in 2010. Invites were posted and submissions requested from individual students or group of students currently enrolled at an architectural, film, design or multimedia school. Students were invited to think outside the frame and to […]

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Award winning Australian architect to talk sustainability

Highly respected and world-renowned Australian architect, Peter Stutchbury, is to present a series of seminars around South Africa from 14 – 17 March 2011. The Presentations will be aimed at professionals of the built environment and students.  Peter Stutchbury is the much published, award-winning principal architect of leading architectural firm, Peter Stutchbury Associates. He was […]

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Cersaie 2010 report back

The team from local tile manufacturer and importer, Johnson Tiles, visited Cersaie 2010 and garnered valuable insight into current ceramic tile trends, including styles, sizes, finishes and textures. “If I had to give an overall report of the fair it can be summed up that ‘less is more’ as described by some of the ceramic […]

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Visit BAU – the easy way

A visit to BAU 2011 needs careful planning: there´s travel to be organised, a hotel to book, information to be gathered on the exhibitors you want to visit, etc. All this is made much easier thanks to the wide range of services BAU offers to support its trade visitors. The aim is to take the […]

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Crossways Farm Village hits the market

Stands in Crossways Farm Village, a unique residential development above the Van Stadens River gorge outside Port Elizabeth, went on the market in November. The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, officially launched the project. The launch follows the approval of the R3,4bn project by the Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and […]

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2011 Green Building Conference

The Green Building Conference and Exhibition returns to Sandton Convention Centre in 2011 and will provide a powerful mix of international and local content for built-environment professionals and stakeholders. World renowned designers and experts will accompany South Africa’s own leaders in sustainable construction in a new extended plenary format Opportunity to attend a real-time green […]

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White River’s “Earth House”

Products supplied by Chryso SA played an important part in adding sustainability to a new “earth house” built in White River, Mpumalanga. The house, designed by mechanical engineer, Michael Matthews, was constructed with a technology known as “rammed earth”. This age-old concept involves compressing a damp mixture of earth containing sand, lime and clay into […]

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European success for winner of C&CI Architectural Student Film competition

One of the five winning entries in the Cement & Concrete Institute’s 2009 architectural student short film competition has achieved top honours at a major architectural film festival in Turkey. Litshe le Golide (“Stone from gold”) won Best Documentary Film (International Category) at the International Istanbul Architecture and Urbanism Film Festival The award-winning film was […]

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