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11 Alice Lane is yet another impressive building situated in the prime Sandton area. The development is comprised of three phases. The first phase was completed in 2013 and is now occupied. Phase two is currently underway with completion set for September 2014, and phase three will be set to…

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A new study reveals that green roofs might not be as eco-friendly as first thought because they degrade water quality. Researchers from the University of Manchester and the University of Leicester found that rainwater runoff from green roofs turned out to be green and yellow in appearance when collected. This…

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Landscapes are sustainable if they are in harmony with local climatic and ecological conditions. Careful plant selection, good planning, soil preparation and effective irrigation are key factors in the implementation of a sustainable landscape. There is a growing tendency in landscape design towards more ethical choices when it comes to…

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The effects of climate change can already be seen worldwide and these impacts are likely to get worse. There is an urgent need to take action in order to mitigate these effects and landscape architects can play a major role in this field. They can work along with regional and…

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Green roofs and walls can significantly reduce rooftop temperatures and result in savings on energy. Yet more health facilities are investing in green roofs for another reason. The simple reason is that connecting people with nature allows patients to relate to natural systems and decreases stress. This all helps quicken…

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Much of Singapore’s architecture is generic but that is about to change. After a creative design team developed a concept to make the city green starting with a hotel design.   Advocates of the “Green City” concept, the creative team at WOHA designed the surreal PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel with…

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Making the most of urban environments, rooftop farming is coming into its own as countries are paying more attention to ways to match the demand for food as populations increase. Investigate the different ways cities from New York to Singapore are tackling the problem with rooftop farming and read what…

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By green proofing, or more accurately green roofing, buildings in urban centres individuals and companies look to both save money and create an income. Be it with solar panels or rooftop gardens, the use of sustainable methods of lower energy costs is a growing enterprise in the USA. Uncover how…

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We often see architectural design proposals depict high-rise buildings with trees flourishing on rooftops in an attempt to look greener.   Learn why this is not actually possible. Unlike Rooftop gardens on residential homes and apartment blocks, trees cannot mix with skyscrapers because trees will perish at these heights due…

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