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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Quality improvement with continuous job-site monitoring

By Dr Soenke Borgwardt. Bureau BWB Norderstedt, Fehmarnstrasse 37, D-22846 Norderstedt, Germany, Tlf. +49 (0)40 5225675, Fax +49 (0)40 53530607, Email: bwb-norderstedt@wtnet.de Concrete block paving has proved itself internationally, in terms of structural performance, aesthetical appearance and environmental impact. Every country with a well established CBP industry has numerous directives, regulations and guidelines for design, […]

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Seminar lays foundations for a more stable construction industry

On the 2nd of February 2011, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) – a registered trade association for employers in the building industry, hosted a seminar to discuss ‘Developing a More Stable Construction Industry in the Western Cape Province’. According to MBAWC President, Allen Bodill, “We called together this forum to pin […]

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Bucking the trend

The light steel frame building sector is bucking the recession trend with a growth forecast of 10% for the 2009 calendar year Compared with a 17% decline in the real value of residential buildings completed in the major municipal areas in South Africa during the first half of 2009, this forecast reflects a growing preference […]

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Taking bathrooms to the next level

A bathroom is no longer simply a bathroom – it is a statement. Usually adorned with the best finishes available, the modern bathroom is a multifunctional extension of not only the home, but also of the office, the shopping centre and the hotel. Leading Architecture & Design speaks to both designers and bathroom ware manufacturers […]

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How the workplace can improve collaboration

By Linda Trim, Director of Giant Leap. Whether you design, manage or work in them, we can help you create high-performance, sustainable work environments that bring people together to focus, collaborate, socialize and learn. Converging spatial, social and informational trends are creating demand for workplaces that support new patterns of collaboration. Collaboration is one of […]

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Registrations for the Holcim Awards competition close soon

Registrations in the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction will close on March 23, 2011 (14:00 GMT). The competition encourages building solutions and visions that go beyond convention to address the challenges of sustainability. The Holcim Awards (main category) is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms with […]

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Shaping the future

Unisa, which towers over the southern entrance into Pretoria, has undergone a multi-million-rand revamp A huge new administration centre has been built in Preller Street, the main entrance to Unisa, and is set to alter the Lukasrand skyline. The centre includes an art gallery, a computer centre, library, an exhibition hall and an auditorium. This […]

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Blub Lounge Club – restaurant case study in Barcelona

Blub Lounge Club Location: Batista i Roca, 55 – Pol. Ind. Pla d’en Boet-Mataró (Barcelona) Built area: 600m2 Completion (date) : 2010 Distribution: 1 floor Designer: Elia Felices Interiorismo Photographer: Rafael Vargas A space with capacity to combine evening dining with music and a discotheque. The lighting, shapes, colours, furniture and the space itself create […]

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Western Cape construction industry to convene over current crisis

On the 2nd of February 2011, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) will be hosting a seminar at the Belmont Square Conference Centre, the theme of which will be ‘Developing a More Stable Construction Industry in the Western Cape Province’. Recently elected MBAWC President for 2011, Allen Bodill, who has been dedicated […]

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