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C&CI International Design Master Class @ Aza2010

The 2010 workshop was the second annual C&CI international design master class and was incorporated into the architecture ZA 2010 Biennial Festival along with other master classes and workshops as a culminating event. What distinguished the C&CI master class was the caliber of expertise of the tutors- locally and that of some of Spain’s foremost […]

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Interior design case study – Barcelona nightclub

La Cova Dance Theatre, located in Mataró, near Barcelona, is a nightclub with a total area of 500m2. It is equipped with variable lighting, furniture designed exclusively by the studio, and forms and colours that replicate ice caverns. A landscape of this type in the middle of the city causes a great impact. Our journey […]

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Build Aid Technologies celebrates 2011

Graham Alexander from Build Aid Technologies has launched an all new, completely revised and updated Build Aid ‘Building and Pricing Guide’ for 2010/2011. Build Aid Building & Pricing Guide has been published since 1993 and every year contains comprehensive and relevant information on how to specify, quantify and cost. The publication is aimed at both […]

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AfriSam wins Nedbank environmental award for CO2 emission reduction initiative

Black-controlled construction materials group, AfriSam, has won the environmental category of the Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards for taking a definitive lead in managing down carbon emissions in the cement production process and for its world leading cement CO2 measurement and rating system. At an awards ceremony held at Nedbank’s head office in Sandton on […]

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What South Africa can learn from the Swedish furniture industry

In October 2010, Raymond Ellerbeck, Director of C.O. Designs visited Sweden on a one week study tour of the Swedish furniture industry. The group of about 14 were hosted by a furniture industry cluster in the well known Tibro district. This district consists of about 70 furniture companies, all varying in size, which manufacture a […]

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Partial restoration at iconic Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument, created to commemorate the travails of the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony in the 1830’s and 40’s to settle in South Africa’s interior, forms an important part of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage. In order to preserve the beauty and history of one of the country’s most visited attractions, Voortrekker Monument […]

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The second office block in SA to achieve four star Green Rating

The Green Building Council of South Africa has awarded the Ridgeside office development in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban a four-star, Green Star rating making it only the second building in South Africa and first in KwaZulu Natal to have achieved this standard. Derek Henstra, Executive Chairman of dhk Architects and designers of the new office complex, […]

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Construction Industry Outlook – No recovery on site

The construction industry is facing one of the most difficult periods it has over the last 10 years, and is not showing any signs of recovery. Recent statistics show that the industry’s growth indicators have been declining since Q3 of 2009 and that the construction industry has one of the lowest growth figures since early […]

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Top 10 tips to reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint

There is a common goal among building owners, facilities managers, executives and real estate developers – to have a building that works more efficiently, sustainably and profitably. Reducing the company’s carbon footprint is a sure way to reach an important part of that target. The benefits of operating efficiently and sustainably are increasing. Not only […]

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Plascon Prism Awards announce winners in battle to adapt or evolve

What does the Mbombela soccer stadium – sporting steel giraffes and zebra striped seats – have to do with Shanghai? How does a steel canopy with the shape of an African tree connect with a design happening in London? The creators of these home-grown designs both won the top accolades in the 2010 Plascon Prism […]

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