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Blythedale Coastal Resort

The vision for the new Blythedale coastal resort, a luxury development on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, is centred on imvelo, a Zulu word for a collective responsibility for protecting the environment and living sustainably.

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The house that Bernelle built

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A beautiful timber house, perched atop a hill, is an integral reflection of owner, Bernelle Verster’s passion for water and nature. The house, which has a nautical feel, cascades down the steep site like falling water.

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House on a hill – Crafford residence

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Making the most of nature’s canvas, the compact Crafford home and art studio in Pretoria uses local materials, works with the site and climate, and accentuates views to create an inspirational living and working space.

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Living in Paradise – Gorgeous Green House

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Jane Troughton and Greg Courtney’s green home in Durban north, Kwazulu-Natal, is the triumphant culmination of years of research and exploration into sustainable life. Aptly named Gorgeous Green House, it is a finalist in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation, the winners of which will be announced on October 27 2016.

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Low impact, high creativity – greener approaches to housing

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A greener approach to housing has seen two innovative answers to the housing problem lay foundations in the Western Cape. These have been developed alongside innovative financial models to facilitate home ownership. The Empower Shack 2.0 and the Umnyama Ikhaya container pod home are prototypes aimed at slightly different income groups and both are on their way to gaining official approval as alternative housing types.

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Passive living on the Wild Coast

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Partially retired Eastern Cape architect Dave Muller’s self-built, low visual impact, passive solar house on the upper banks of the Gonubie River is the realisation of a lifelong dream.

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Green to the core

With its sliding sash windows, clean rectangular lines and flat roof, the home that architect Oliver Wolf is building on Chiappini Street in the Bo Kaap, Cape Town, fits right in with the surrounding architecture. A key-differentiating factor is that it is built with industrial hemp.

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Changing the uMhlanga skyline

Cornubia is a R25 billion, 1300ha development 25km north of Durban, bordered by the N2, the M41 and the Ohlanga River near uMhlanga, the largest sustainable integrated human settlement initiative in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Informal upgrading in Ethiopia

A sustainable incremental construction unit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is reconstructing how people think about informal upgrading. It has also received a Bronze award at the Regional Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East. Here’s why.

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An Alternative Journey

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When master builder Keith Bergh stumbled upon a hillside property in the village of Hoekwil he knew he had found the perfect place to build a home. But the agent told him not to bother; many prospective buyers had tried and failed to buy the plot overlooking a nearby ravine. Today, a modern eco-home stands on the site.

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