ArchitectureZA Tours – Explore Cape Town through the eyes of an architect

Posted on 14. Aug, 2014 by .

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South Arica’s architectural and design landscape is a buzz with activities in August with World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 in full swing and the annual Open Design Cape Town event taking place from 13 to 23 August 2014. One event not to be missed is the Architecture ZA Tours, presented by PPC Cement and […]

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Edward P. Evans Hall

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Norman Foster studied under Paul Rudolph at Yale, but his School of Management building on the university’s New Haven campus takes a different tack. One of the more intriguing lost chapters in modern architectural history is the period of time that 1962 Yale School of Architecture graduate Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, spent studying with Paul […]

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Excellence in Design Residential Winner: Living Off-Grid

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Excellence in Design Residential Category Winner Information provided by the applicant. Name: Gordon Ozarks Cabin Location: Parthenon, Ark. (rural) Size: 1,157 square feet Cost: $130,000 Completed: October 18, 2013 New Construction or Existing Building renovation: New Construction Certifications: Targeting LEED for Homes Gold As Americans become more and more interconnected and dependent on technology, it […]

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Gorgeous Ecological Swimming Pool

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The people of Riehen, a small city near Basel in Switzerland, have long wanted a new public swimming pool to replace their “obsolescent baths” by the River Wiese. In the late 1970s, the city government even launched a design competition. Unfortunately, the initial vision was never unrealized, but, just a few years ago, the Swiss architecture […]

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Restoration: Another Layer of History

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Restoring post-industrial, particularly post-military, landscapes means adding another layer of history to places that already have many. For a group of environmental philosophers at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) in Madison, Wisconsin, those earlier layers of history each have an important meaning — and it’s important they aren’t lost as landscapes long-damaged by industrial or military […]

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Scaling Up Urban Agriculture

Posted on 13. Aug, 2014 by .

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Five Borough Farm II – Growing the Benefits of Urban Agriculture in New York City / Trust for Public Space Urban agriculture grows both food and communities – its direct and indirect benefits range from improved public health and strengthened ecosystems, to social cohesion and economic growth. The Design Trust for Public Space wants to […]

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Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia

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By encouraging the adoption of innovative architectural design and energy-saving technologies, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. By Mike Ives At street level, 313@somerset looks like any other glittering mall in downtown […]

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Solar Decathlon Houses Make Up a Solar Village to Test Microgrid Technology

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A new project at Missouri Science and Technology will be used as a test ground for innovative research on advancing renewable energy, energy storage and microgrid technology.  New Hampshire, USA — In yet one more example of the rising interest in how microgrids that incorporate renewable energy and energy storage will change the energy landscape, […]

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Building toward sustainable, resilient cities in 2050

Posted on 17. Jul, 2014 by .

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  By 2050, seven out of every 10 people on Earth will be an urban dweller. What the cities of the future look like depends largely on decisions we make today. Will we design a future where driverless cars zip around under skyscraping vertical gardens in hyperconnected, energy-efficient “smart cities”? Or will we be trapped in […]

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Cape Quarter to save an estimated R1m per year through green energy reductions

Posted on 16. Jul, 2014 by .

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The Cape Quarter, the flagship property within the Tower Property Fund portfolio, has recently undergone a lighting retrofit as part of a greening transformation planned for the centre. This retrofit is expected to see an impressive R1 million per annum saving in energy costs for the property. Other initiatives soon to be rolled out are […]

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