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With its red running tracks surrounded by black and white seats and floodlights stretching above the roof, London's elliptically shaped Olympic Stadium resemblesmany other sporting venues.   But the building's principal designer, Philip Johnson, believes it will lead a global movement towards sustainable architecture.   Mostly lightweight steel was used in the construction,the roof is made of PVC and the stadium boasts a fabric curtain, designed to minimize crosswinds. Moreover,the water collected from the roof is used to flush thetoilets, while the earth embankments that surround the stadium protect the biodiversity of the site by encouraging plants to grow.   To read the full article click here.      

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Nestled in Ixopo, in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) midlands, South Africa’s Department of Public Works enhanced its environmental credentials as it became the first provincial government building receiving a 5-Star Green Star SA office design v.1 rating.   The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) congratulated the KZN Department of…

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Straw House  Cob House   Homes made from earth have provided inexpensive, durable, eco-friendly shelter since ancient times. After all, dirt is free and will provide easy, natural insulation. What does an earth house look like? The sky's the limit. Tomorrow's homes may be made of glass and steel --…

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Find out how thirty low-cost houses located in a small cul-de-sac road in Cato Manor near Durban received a “green street” upgrade. The “green street” project was initiated to uplift homes in low-income areas with retrofits.    Read below about the Cato Manor Green Street case study launched by the…

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Increased global pressure on the construction industry to produce more sustainable designs has led to some innovative ideas for lowering carbon emissions. Installation artist, builder and environmentalist, Joost Bakker, develops sustainable buildings such as his own home and pop-up restaurants made completely of recycled or reused materials insulated with straw. …

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Is your home always full of clutter or do you need more space? Discover 11 clever, practical ways to maximise space in your home to create a simpler functioning household. This article contains a room-by-room guide that includes everything from how to make your kitchen easy to cook in, to…

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Affordable Housing Project - moladi formwork systemThe moladi formwork was filled the day before with moladi mortar and is now being removed to be re-erected on the next foundation.The structure is far superior than concentional brick and mortar in both strength and speed as well as cost - This 3…

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Johannesburg-based architects @126 have released designs for the tallest building in Africa. The 110-storey structure is part of triple-tower development in Tshwane, South Africa, collectively known as Centurion Symbio-City. Destined for completion in 2018, the project was announced by Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa last week and has been met with mixed…

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