Serious about Green Roofs Part IV: Four things we need

Serious about Green Roofs Part IV: Four things we need

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Part III: Examples of green roofs in South Africa

Part II: International best practices

Part I: Can green roofs create sustainable livelihoods?

The theory and case studies examined in Part 1, 2 and 3 of the “serious about green roofs” series uncovered important key lessons for South Africa’s green roof industry. All we need now is some expert advice on the matter. The last part in…

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Getting government to think design

Getting government to think design

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By Rory Williams

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As a legacy of the World Design Capital, the City of Cape Town has taken on the task of making design-led thinking integral to its administration. The Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille has said, “We are finding ways to build on the many extraordinary innovations of the past and present, and to entrench creative thinking as a means of developing sustainable solutions to service…

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London’s summer pavilion

London’s summer pavilion

Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion. Photo by George Rex/ flickr

Smiljan Radic’s Serpentine Pavilion. Photo by George Rex/ flickr

Every year a patch of Hyde Park plays host to London’s most prestigious pop-up- the Serpentine Pavilion. Architects from around the world have been invited to transform this spot, and this year Chilean architect Smiljan Radic becomes the fourteenth to accept the invitation.

I wanted to make it look like it came from the hands of a…

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Design Visions for African Cities of the Future

Design Visions for African Cities of the Future

Design Africa Symposium

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The Design Africa Symposium on Monday 11 August will take place from 3pm-9pm at the Brundyn+ Gallery, 170 Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap.

This special event is presented by WDC Cape Town 2014 and Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica, with support from PPC Cement |AZA 2014, and is CPD validated by the Cape Institute for Architecture. The symposium continues the dialogue from the

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A weekend conversation: Where should local government be located?

A weekend conversation: Where should local government be located?

With the weekend firmly in view, Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar kickstart conversations – and invite you to finish them in Comments. These dialogues are freeform to encourage debate and let in a little fresh air on some classic debates about the present and future of our cities. So, please take sides and join in.  Rashiq Fataar: I had a thought this week: where should local government…

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Photo Diary: Alexander Forbes Headquarters

Photo Diary: Alexander Forbes Headquarters

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by Shaakira Chohan

The Alexander Forbes Headquarters, located in the Sandton district of Johannesburg is a revolutionary development.  It is an accredited five-star ‘Green Star’ rated building due to the merit of its environmental sustainability.  Designed by Paragon Group Architects, the building has many innovative features, including S-shaped scalloped walls, fluid curves, plant-filled…

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City of Eden walking tours

City of Eden walking tours

By Dimitri Selibas

PRESERVATION: Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa, says the writer

PRESERVATION: Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa, says the writer

Imagine this: you are on a national heritage site upon which stands an…

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Serious about green roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban serious?

Serious about green roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban serious?

The previous part of the “Serious about Green Roofs” series investigated four international green roof case studies. I identified four key lessons that we can learn from these cases to help with creating our own green roof industry. Now we can take a look at two national case studies as a comparison.

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the

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The World’s Tallest Slum: Relocations begin

The World’s Tallest Slum: Relocations begin

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by Kate Watkins

Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas NoticiasBBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage. The relocation initiative is being…

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Producing energy from waste treatment

Also read: Addressing Climate Change With technology that optimises the digestion process of sludge from waste water treatment, …