Young Africa Publishing, owner of earthworks magazine, is proud to announce that its office has achieved a 4-Star Green Star SA Interior pilot rating from the Green Building Council SA. The extensive refurbishment of the space at the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town was generously supported by industry sponsors in the form of products and services.
LEGO recently launched the Architecture Studio especially for adults. The kit has 73 different shaped blocks (bricks, plates, slopes and tiles), either white or transparent, with a total of 1210 pieces and a 272-page guidebook. The composition of the kit allows for multiple unique designs inspired by the guidebook, which uniquely provides no instructions but considerable inspiration.
The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm is expected to power 110 000 homes and avoid more than 420 000 tons of carbon emissions annually. The site spans 3 700 hectares and will accommodate 60 2.3 MW wind turbines. Its proximity to the Eskom grid line, the low environmental value and optimal wind conditions makes this site particularly suitable for housing this renewable energy project.
In a breakthrough for architecture, the South African Institute of Architects now offers an office-based and online regional-based alternative to full time study through OpenArchitecture. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is the first institution to collaborate with OpenArchitecture, offering a B.Tech Architectural Technology (Applied Design) programme part-time over two years from 2014. Lone Poulsen is the programme director and Jolanda Morkel serves as the CPUT co-ordinator.
The Makoko floating prototype can be customised to cater to a large range of community needs such as a hub, health clinic, market and public space. In this instance, however, the structure will be used as a primary school.
The triangular frame, measuring 10 m high and with a 100 m2 base, ensures the structure has a low centre of gravity. It is designed to use rooftop solar panels, recycled organic waste and harvested rainwater. It is also built to support 100 adults in precarious weather conditions, withstand tidal changes, varying water levels and remain stable in heavy winds.
The buoyancy system comprises 16 wooden modules and 16 empty, recycled plastic barrels, creating the platform for the structure. Construction continues with a 220 m A-frame made of locally-sourced and eco-friendly bamboo, and wood from a local sawmill.
There are three levels to this prototype. An open play area doubles as a community space after hours on the first level. An enclosed space on the second level serves as classrooms and is designed to accommodate 60 to 100 pupils. The third level connects to the first and second via a staircase and is a semi-enclosed workshop space.
The aquatic Makoko community lives in housing units on stilts and has been using the prototype regularly.
Five rand may not buy much these days, but it does pay for the production of a home kit that tests the microbial quality of tap water. This kit makes it possible to test water in remote and rural areas, and eliminates costly laboratory tests and the difficulty of transporting samples from these areas. The kits can be used by people with minimal education and training.
The project was initiated by Dr Roman Tandlich, a senior lecturer at Rhodes University, but completed by Catherine Luyt, a doctoral student under his supervision. The kit is made up of a small container, dishwashing liquid, some basic chemicals and also more complex chemicals such as phosphates, sulphates and amino acids. The original H2S strip test was invented in about 1982 by K.S. Manja and team. Tinfoil around the containers prevents light from entering the containers, as light and particularly UV rays can kill microorganisms, especially in such a small quantity of water.
Contaminated water will turn black within three days, although positive results won’t identify specific bacteria. Nevertheless, it will alert local authorities to test water in specific areas and indicate problem water sources. More sophisticated tests have to be conducted before alarms are raised after a positive reading.
Talks are underway to produce the product on a commercial scale.
We would love to hear from you. Go social and let us know what’s on your mind. Send us potential project features, industry news, course information and industry-related events.