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Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre by Impendulo Design Architects

The Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre was initiated when the South African Department of Arts and Culture appointed the Department of Public Works to execute the design and construction of a project to commemorate the raid into Mozambique on 31 January 1981 by the then South African Government forces, which attacked 3 strategically targeted houses used by Umkhonto we Sizwe, resulting in 13 casualties. The project was conceived between the Mozambique Ministry of Culture and the South African Department of Arts and Culture in a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a Monument and Interpretive Centre.
 

Industry Leadership in the African Green Building Sector

Sub-Saharan Africa currently faces significant challenges in terms of water, food and energy security; and, what has come to the fore more recently, the provision of basic sanitation. In line with the pressure created by local environmental factors such as the recent hard-hitting drought; the pressing need for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance; and international policies and legislation around sustainability, South African standards and regulations around green building are rapidly gaining traction
 

Gauteng Regional Awards for Architecture 2015

On Thursday 22 October, the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA) announced the winners of the biennial Regional Awards for Architecture 2015 at a memorable event held at the well-known Sheds@1Fox located on the Western Edge of Johannesburg.
 

SA Architect awarded AIA 2015 Honorary Fellowship

Renowned South African architect, Jo Noero (Noero Architects) has been awarded a 2015 Honorary Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Fellowship is awarded to architects “of esteemed character and distinguished achievements who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. residents, and who do not primarily practice architecture within the domain of the Institute.”
 

CICA Awards: Buenos Aires Biennial 2015

The fifteenth edition of the Buenos Aires Biennial, XV Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura Buenos Aires 2015, included a series of lectures held from 8 to 11 September 2015 and an exhibition of works that ran until 27 September 2015. Following the official welcome by the Biennial's Director, Carlos Sallaberry, the opening lecture of the Biennial was delivered by the Secretary General of the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA), Manuel Cuadra; and CICA members participated in the Biennial through a series of lectures and a roundtable discussion on Friday 11 September, which focussed on questions of ‘Identity and Globalisation: Critical Relationships’.
 

Dignified, Hygienic and Sustainable Access to Sanitation

South Africa currently faces huge challenges when it comes to fresh water and basic sanitation requirements. Approximately 11% (1.4 million) of households in South Africa, formal and informal, still have to be provided with sanitation services. These challenges, however, are not insurmountable. Enviro Conscious Technologies© (ECT) provides cost-effective, hygienic and dignified sanitation through the use of the modular, decentralised AQUAmax® Wastewater Treatment systems – in order to directly address the key challenges we all face to save fresh water resources, while offering sustainable solutions for the treatment of wastewater.
 

UIA2014 Durban leaves legacy for SA cities and economy

11 August 2015: A year ago this week, as the UIA2014 Durban World Congress drew to a close, the South African profession was able to reflect with exhilaration on an event that was hailed by the international architectural community as one of the best organised UIA Congresses to date – an event that delivered a world class programme, exhibitions and events in a city and venue that were perceived as being engaging and convivial.
 

27Boxes: A Lesson in Scale and Integration

Departing from the current retail trend of enclosed, homogenous shopping centres, 27Boxes in Melville is a vibrant, community-based, open-air retail park. Using modular building blocks in the form of shipping containers combined with brick and concrete elements, the complex provides a welcome alternative to centres that rely heavily on artificial light and ventilation to determine the quality of their indoor environments.
 

Architect of Democracy receives Knighthood of the Legion of Honour

At the 2015 celebration of French National Day on 14 July, known outside of France as Bastille Day, Ambassador of France to South Africa, Her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, bestowed upon Mr Ahmed Kathrada the signet of Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (Knighthood in the Legion of Honour).
 

Architecture and the Media: the case of Warwick Junction

Warwick Junction is Durban’s major trade and transport hub. Around half a million users pass through Warwick daily and the area provides commercial opportunities for up to 8,000 traders, most of whom are women. Rich in history as well as religious and cultural diversity, the site has received varying degrees of infrastructural support over the last twenty years, and has been widely and inconsistently featured in the media over this time.