How future architecture, technology could help achieve a more sustainable SA

Covid-19 has forced society to embrace remote working, and to be successful in this, technologies affiliated with the fourth industrial revolution have been used to allow industries to continue operating effectively and efficiently. Somers Govender, principal architect at Artek 4 Architects and AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Awards adjudicator Architects, designers and engineering professionals are particularly attuned…

SA water levels on the decline

South Africans have been encouraged to save water, as water resources and dam levels across the country, with the exception of the Western Cape, continue to decline consistently week-on-week. “The national water storage of our combined dams has declined to 69.3% this week, from 69.3% last week,” the Department of Water and Sanitation said on…

Infrastructure expenditure still a priority

While the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to derail government expenditure on infrastructure projects, finance minister Tito Mboweni told parliament, delivering the Supplementary Budget on Wednesday, 24 June, that the state would have to resume these post-lockdown. Image source: Gallo/Getty Mboweni said post the pandemic, government will be required to build high‐quality physical bridges, roads, railways,…

Cintocare Hospital achieves Green Star rating

Based in Pretoria’s green precinct of Menlyn Maine, Cintocare Hospital has received a five-star Green Star Custom Healthcare design certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The specialised surgical hospital will focus primarily on the head and neck, spinal, neuro and vascular surgery. Cintocare Hospital “Earning SA’s first Custom Healthcare Green Star rating…

Algorithms are designing better buildings

Thanks to computer-aided design (CAD), architects were able to experiment with new organic forms, free from the restraints of slide rules and protractors. The result was famous curvy buildings such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Future Systems’ Selfridges Department Store in Birmingham. Today, computers are poised to change buildings once again, this…