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The 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction attracted almost 5,000 entries by authors in 121 countries

5 000 DESIGNS TO MAKE CONSTRUCTION MORE SUSTAINABLE

The 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction attracted almost 5,000 entries by authors in 121 countries. More than 40% of the projects were submitted in the Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years of age. (more…)

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When the retaining wall behind a house on the slopes of Table Mountain house was dangerously leaning over with partial collapses, the Terraforce retaining wall system was the solution.

FROM FAULTY TO FABULOUS WITH TERRAFORCE!

When the owner of a home on the slopes of Table Mountain in South Africa noticed her existing retaining wall was dangerously leaning over with partial collapses in places, she turned to her trusted builder Zane Samuels, Zane Samuels Construction, for help. (more…)

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Interior architecture company Paragon Interface has completed its fit-out for Bidvest Bank Towers at 1 Park Lane in Sandton.

POTENTIAL WORLD FIRST IN WASTE STREAM UPCYCLING AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

A new project broke ground at the Portswood District of the V&A Waterfront last year. The project upcycles a significant stream of plastic waste using sustainable methods.  The project in question is the Ridge Building, a bespoke eco-building currently under construction. It will serve as the regional office of a multinational client, Deloitte. (more…)

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Interior architecture company Paragon Interface has completed its fit-out for Bidvest Bank Towers at 1 Park Lane in Sandton.

PARAGON INTERFACE COMPLETES FIT-OUT FOR BIDVEST FINANCIAL SERVICES

When Bidvest Financial Services decided to centralise its Braamfontein head office and satellite operations in the iconic Bidvest Bank Towers at 1 Park Lane, in Sandton, it turned to leading interior architecture company Paragon Interface to design, space-plan, and oversee the fit-out. The Paragon Group was also responsible for the base-build architecture. (more…)

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Workshop17 calls for local co-working office industry to support local designers.

CO-WORKING OFFICE SUPPORTS LOCAL DESIGN

  By some estimates South Africa’s cultural and creative industries contribute around R63 billion per year to the economy (approximately 1.7% of total GDP). South African born co-working office space provider Workshop17 believes that the rapidly growing flexible office industry can do more to support the local creative economy. (more…)

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Reed Exhibitions confirmed that Decorex Durban will be postponed to

DECOREX DURBAN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Reed Exhibitions confirmed that Decorex Durban will be postponed to 2021. Dates for 2021 have been confirmed as 19-22 March 2021. The decision is a result of multiple discussions with the industry as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 escalation and upon advice of local and national health authorities. (more…)

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The swimming pool industry sits on the cusp of a new trend – pool cover automation, according to PowerPlastics Pool Covers.

AUTOMATION – THE HOT TREND IN POOL COVERS

Just twenty years ago pools were considered interesting if they had a fountain and rounded shapes. Pools were traditionally large and deep and pool pumps were clunky and expensive to run by today’s standards. Child safety around the pool was addressed by adding a pool fence or net, arm bands and getting some swimming lessons. […]

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Smart home technology brings new levels of convenience to your home, adding value and providing practical advantages such as energy efficiency and remote control.

MAKING THE SWITCH TO THE SMART HOME – 3 DISTINCT ADVANTAGES

We already know how much convenience and efficiency have been brought to our lives by smartphones – and smart homes are the next logical step. (more…)

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New Urban Director, architect and urban designer – Gary White – discusses the huge potential in the affordable housing market in South Africa for both City governments and the private sector.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SOUTH AFRICA: A SCORE CARD

As the barriers and incentives for private developers to approach the affordable housing market open further through new initiatives, this once “untouchable” market is showing huge potential. (more…)

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Textural surfaces, particularly walls and floors, will play a special role in interior design in 2020, says Creative Director Anita Bloom, author of the Decorex Africa Trend Report 2020 – the definitive guide to what’s in vogue.

TOUCH ME, FEEL ME – TRENDS IN SURFACING SOLUTIONS

As our longing for a more tactile, less technologically invasive world grows, we’ll gravitate towards a cosier design aesthetic. This is the message delivered by Anita Bloom, Creative Director of Decorex Africa and 100% Design South Africa, in the latest Decorex Africa Trend Report 2020 – the authoritative guide to décor, interior design and lifestyle […]

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