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A Bushveld Education: Wits Rural Facility

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Sustainable academic outreach finds a new home at the redesigned Wits Rural Facility in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Seeming to draw inspiration from Southern African folklore – which tells of the gathering of village chiefs and elders beneath the heavy limbs of the baobab tree – the newly upgraded Wits Rural Facility (WRF) has found its place beneath, and between, the hardy indigenous trees of its Highveld home.

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The ‘agropolitan’ city – Tshwane food and energy centre launched

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Some 40km from the capital city Tshwane, next to Rethabiseng Township and Ekandustria Estate near Bronkhorstspruit, the municipality’s first ‘agropolitan city’ has been launched. Called the Tshwane Food and Energy Centre, this greenfield development is sited on 200 of 2 600 hectares zoned for agriculture.

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Child Aid Tubatse centre catalyses growth and development

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Under the shade of a far-reaching canopy, community takes shape in Tubatse. A raised roof inspired by climate appropriate design has become a prominent feature in the landscape – a catalyst for development, growth, and community pride.

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge: Nestling into nature

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Mimicking a pangolin rummaging through the bush, Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge draws its inspiration from nature, both in terms of its architecture and its functionality. The result marries luxury with sustainability.

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It’s a human right

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Active Social Architecture (ASA) is a Kigali-based architectural firm built on the principle that architecture is a basic human right. The firm designed and managed the construction of 11 early childhood development and family (ECD&F) centres in nine Rwandan districts.

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Cricket for Rwanda

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Rwanda continues to mend its social fissures and shape a cohesive society, boasting humble yet innovative design solutions. One such project results from a collaboration including South African architect Peter Rich, a judge at the recent 2014 World Architecture Awards.

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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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Water research centre

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A proposed water research centre in South Africa received a Next Generational Gold award at the Regional Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East for its innovative biomimicry in design and function.

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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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House Rhino makes good

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House Rhino is a showcase of design, technology and materials that push boundaries in home innovation and energy savings.

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