Three new residences at Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg Medical Campus are built using innovative building technologies, with an emphasis on placing community and flexibility at the heart of the architectural design response. We are sitting in a central common room that serves eight bedrooms. Each of these eight-bedroom configurations, or community “pods”, is conceptualised at the scale of the home and consequently, this common room holds an eight-seater table, two fridges and enough cupboards and drawers for the students that live here to apportion according to their needs and self-determined house rules. Two new, high-tech residences have recently been completed...Read More
An “inside” tour of the Silo District at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and the No.5 Silo building with development manager Mark Noble. This building achieved a significant GBCSA 6 Star Green Star SA Design rating and recently won a SAPOA...Read More
A big vision and a tight budget have resulted in a cliff top container home that breaks the mould of conventional housing design in the suburbs. Architect Dirk Coetser from Architecture for a Change, challenged perceptions through the recent design and construction of an off-grid Northcliff hybrid home sculpted from lightweight steel and anchored by reused industrial shipping containers. “We wanted to create something unique within the conventional suburban area. Most of the South African market is very conservative when it comes to new ideas, products and methods. We wanted to challenge the conventional notion by providing alternatives that prove...Read More
In November 2016, digital creatives from the Western Cape were challenged to use a user-centred design process to propose a serious game design that allows people to think innovatively, reimagining their communities for greater prosperity & economic opportunity. Earthworks attended the Serious About Games competition final held on 4 April...Read More
Being both an environmental and a transport corridor, the land parcels that run adjacent to Cape Town’s Black River and the N2 highway, known as the Black River Corridor, have huge potential to create a physical and social connection that will enhance and integrate the spatially fragmented city. In city design that incorporates integrated transport and land-use planning, transit corridors create a continuous link between metropolitan nodes, defined by a transit passage such as a railway or major road. Modes of transport between the nodes exist in hierarchy from primary transport modes such as trains, buses and taxis to...Read More
- A river runs through – Black River Corridor
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One of the enigmatic keynote speakers at this years Green Building Council South Africa GBCSA Convention (9-11 October at the Century City Conference Centre) is JASON DREW Jason J Drew from AgriProtein Technologies who will talk about the business of fixing our future... Looking forward to learning more!
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Looking forward to seeing the amazing keynote speakers at this years Green Building Council South Africa GBCSA Convention (9-11 October Century City Conference Centre). FRED KENT from Project for Public Spaces will be there to share his knowledge on transforming places from inadequate to extraordinary...
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One of the great keynote speakers at this years Green Building Council South Africa GBCSA Convention (9-11 October Century City Conference Centre) is VIVIAN LOFTNESS from Carnegie Mellon University's “Intelligent Workplace” - a living lab, which tests commercial building innovations for performance.
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