A project by a University of Pretoria architecture Masters student promoting “urban agriculture” in old industrial constructions that have been adapted with low cost materials, walked away with the Next Generation award in the Africa Middle East Regional Holcim Awards 2011. Calayde Davey’s project was lauded by the jury “because of its visionary idea and impact that appears both feasible and constructible”. She developed an architectural model for vertical hydroponic agriculture for Pretoria on the existing industrial heritage site of the Old Pretoria West Power Station.
The Menlyn Maine precinct covering an area of 135 000 m2 is part of the Menlyn improvement area and a registered Gold Founding member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). It aims to attain the minimum 4-Star (best practice) Green Star rating for all of its buildings under both the design and as-built rating systems and has achieved the first milestones in reaching this goal.
Lauded as leading the green movement in shopping centre design, the Mall of the North in Polokwane incorporates strategies that consider the various environmental, social and economical factors of its environment. We highlight key aspects of the project and look at how this pioneering retailing concept will influence future retail developments.
When McNab’s Energy Enhancers needed to expand their office in an old house in Parkwood, Johannesburg in 2007, founder and CEO Rupert McKerron insisted on an innovative design featuring modern technology and smart ancient techniques that would capture renewable energy.
When completed in 2016, Dube City – 35km from Durban, spread across 12-hectares, will be the largest environmentally-focused precinct ever developed in South Africa. 29˚ South, its flagship and largest building, is integral in dictating the green standards that will be adopted for all surrounding buildings and structures.
Aurecon’s Lynnwood office has received a 4 Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
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