keyboard_arrow_upSustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings
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The challenge facing ‘green’ building in South Africa focuses on convincing clients that many of the additional costs associated with sustainable design are recouped within a fairly short period of time. Tenants are now demanding that buildings are either Green Star rated, or at least designed according to sustainable design principles. “We are moving from […]

keyboard_arrow_upVersatile clay pavers used on floors and walls
keyboard_arrow_downVersatile clay pavers used on floors and walls

In designing the new buildings for the UNISA campus in Parow, Cape Town, MSa Michele Sandilands Architects chose to use Corobrik’s de Hoop Red 50mm pavers on both the floors and the walls. “The different applications certainly show how versatile the de Hoop Red paver can be!” said Corobrik’s Peter Kidger.  UNISA Parow has seen a steady increase in student numbers and, according to project architect Russ Wingfield of MSa (Michele Sandilands Architects), the brief called for additional teaching accommodation, an administration wing and associated facilities. As part of an architect-led initiative, the creation of a responsible building within the criteria of a changing climate became a priority and the vision was to achieve (in principle) a Green Star rating for the new north and south blocks.

keyboard_arrow_upSleep, play, live – prefabricated housing as you’ve never seen it before
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The ecomo home is a compact home designed for modern, simple living in collaboration with nature. The design is based on basic and sustainable green design principles. The ecomo home offers a low-maintenance, modern, well-designed green housing alternative.

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable design for ‘The Future African City’
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable design for ‘The Future African City’

‘The Future African City’ is the theme of the fifth annual Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Sustainable Design Competition. The competition is open to students in their final year of an undergraduate architectural qualification at an accredited tertiary institution. Daniel van der Merwe, architect at the C&CI, says the competition aims to promote the innovative use of concrete in building sustainable environments.

keyboard_arrow_upComing up: Corobrik 24th Architectural Student of the Year
keyboard_arrow_downComing up: Corobrik 24th Architectural Student of the Year

The top architectural graduates of 2010, from seven tertiary institutions in South Africa, will compete for the prestigious 24th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award in March this year. The award winner will be announced on 30 March.

keyboard_arrow_upThe living roof
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The California Academy of Sciences took nearly 10 years to build and cost 500 million dollars. A masterpiece in sustainable architecture, the new Academy blends seamlessly into the park’s natural setting, is filled with hundreds of innovative exhibits and thousands of extraordinary plants and animals. The California Academy of Sciences is now the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world, and also the world’s greenest museum.

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable architecture winners
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable architecture winners

Koop Design’s Dalton Compound on the 3 000ha Dalton Private Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was recently announced the winner of the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture.    The awards ceremony also formed part of AZA 2010 and was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg. AZA 2010, described as South Africa’s first architecture mega-event, brought together leading-edge thinkers and multidisciplinary practitioners from

keyboard_arrow_upArchitectural Student Awards 2009
keyboard_arrow_downArchitectural Student Awards 2009

The Cement and Concrete Institute’s Architectural Student Design Competition for 2009 attracted 26 entries from universities around the country. From the submissions 10 finalists were selected and, finally, three winners: Marius Visser of the Tshwane University of Technology, Kyle Pieterse of the University of Johannesburg, and Hanna Duker of the University of Cape Town. The winners each received R20 000 and the institutions where they are studying, R5 000.

keyboard_arrow_upA broader view of sustainable architecture
keyboard_arrow_downA broader view of sustainable architecture

The AfriSam-SAIA awards programme for Sustainable Architecture was launched at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention in Cape Town in October 2009. One of the functions of the SAIA - the South African Institute of Architects - is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on architectural issues.