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The migration of people to urban centres in search of economic opportunities puts strain on urban infrastructure such as water supply and sanitation, transport and energy, and particularly housing. Population experts estimate that by 2030, 1.4 billion people will be living in cities, of which, 1.3 billion will reside in…

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100 years ago skyscrapers were different than what we have become accustomed to. Technological advancements mean skyscrapers are taller and much more common. Learn about the history of skyscrapers from the first 187m singer building in 1908 to the 828m Burj Khalifa. The original history of the world’s tallest buildings…

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Concrete is the most widely used material in construction, however, the downside is its negative impact on the environment. Researchers have concluded that the procurement of sand and gravel, and transportation of the material also negatively impact the environment.  Now experts say the solution could be recycling of pre-used materials.…

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According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), architecture is more than just about providing shelter and how that shelter looks. Good architecture should have the ability to save lives. AIA developed an interactive infographic that helps architects understand how certain design elements impact the physical and mental health of…

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Inspire Trade Expo is currently ‘the’ buzzword for everyone in the furniture, décor, design, and retail industry. It has been created due to a lack of good quality trade shows in Africa, specifically aimed towards the manufacturing and importing of furniture, as well as décor, design for the retail industry.…

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The Green Building Council of South Africa is the winner in the Community Category of this year’s Eskom eta Awards for their Green Street initiative in Cato Manor, Durban – as announced at the award ceremony which took place on 04 December 2013.   For the past 23 years the…

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Edinburgh architecture researchers conducted research to discover how our surroundings affect our bodies and minds. The study was conducted using mobile electroencephalography (EEG) technology and the test group was asked to walk 25 minutes around a city. The results show that nature has the ability to reduce aggression, depression and…

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The Green Building Council SA (GBCSA) has launched a new PILOT Socio-Economic Category for Green Star SA rating tools in Gauteng, which will recognise the socio-economic achievements of green building projects. The launch event, which took place on 27 November in Tshwane was addressed by Alf Wills, Deputy Director General…

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According to leading CGI artist, most kitchen, bedroom and bathroom catelogue and marketing images are now computer-based but many haven't "noticed" or taken advantage of this technology. This technology is now able to make rendered imagery as good as photographed images and often, better! Clicked there to read the full article.…

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