Why we should be making cities smart, rather than building new smart cities

Covid-19 has highlighted underlying vulnerabilities that undermine South African citizens’ quality of life. These include growing inequality, limited and/or aging infrastructure, and a shortage of public resources to address these challenges – but applying smart city principles to all cities, and not only flagship projects, can help address some of these vulnerabilities. Tshimologong Precinct Exclusive…

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Kangnas Wind Farm energises main transformer

The 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, on the outskirts of Springbok, successfully energised its main transformer this week. The 250MVA transformer is locally manufactured and arrived in the Northern Cape via road from Gauteng last week. Housed at the Groeipunt Transmission substation, the transformer receives generated power from the wind farm via a distribution network, where…

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Iconic Sandton building gets a facelift

Since 2016, the City of Johannesburg has embarked on an ambitious programme to renovate its iconic but dilapidated buildings throughout its suburbs, and while the 3 Alice Lane building was renovated by its owner, it continued this familiar trend of restoring older buildings in the city. Not only is a restoration significantly more cost-effective than…

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Radisson Red building is the new green

The Silo District’s No. 6 Silo building, which now houses the new-concept 252-room Radisson Red Hotel, won the (GBCSA) award for the Best ‘Other’ Development making it the first new hotel to receive a 5-Star Green Custom Hotel Design rating. It has also received a 5-Star Green Hotel As-Built rating. The Green Star is a…

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Time to rethink Cape Town’s unfinished elevated freeway

Demolishing freeways in highly densified urban areas is a massive and costly undertaking. It requires a clear vision, bold risk taking, and a re-ordering of municipal priorities. Taking decisive action helps to move cities away from automotive mobility to a non-motorised liberation that New Urbanism enables. For this reason, it’s imperative to reopen discussions around…

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Green building practices can mitigate lockdown fallout

The ripples of the national lockdown are still being felt by the South Africa’s construction industry. Unexpected delays and disruptions have resulted in increasing construction costs, which have had a knock-on effect for both developers and end-users. World Green Building Week, which runs from 21 to 25 September, encourages construction industry professionals to consider adopting…

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