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The Harrington

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The East city precinct has silently grown in popularity with creatives and corporates alike. Earmarked by the city as a special design and development district, the Cape Town coffee capital has slowly been cultivating its culture with major role players such as Haas and the steampunk inspired Truth claiming their piece of the sidewalk. Cultural bodies such as the Cape Town City Hall, the Central Library and the District 6 Museum have been drawing locals and tourists alike to the area while the Cape Technicon has ensured that the area is fueled by a steady flow of fresh intellectual capital.  Bree street and the foreshore have been taking the lion’s share of the spotlight, but competitive property prices and potential is what drew the attention of the Blend Property Group to this sector of the city. Continue reading

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Residence 1485 Franschoek

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Residence 1485, a new edition to the KUBE architecture portfolio is nestled in the mountains overlooking the town of Franschoek. The appointment is the result of an invited competition. You can see the original entry here. With neighbours Chamonix Wine Estate and Black Elephant Winters the location suggests a lifestyle of congeniality, Continue reading

7 Acts to look out for at the Design Indaba 2014

This year’s version of the local and international talent showcase is nearly upon us and with Cape Town being the 2014 World Design Capital, it should prove to be something quite special. The main event will run from 26-28 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and these are some of the acts which we believe are worth a closer look.

THE DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE

1. Scholten & Baijings

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Stefan Scholten & Carole Baijings are a Dutch design duo creating passion driven products.  Blankets, carpets, bed and table linens, ceramics and glass have all been given a new perspective through innovative materials and color. Continue reading

KUBE architecture receives Special Commendation for Sustainable Construction

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The FynBloem Protea Packing Facility, designed by Cape Town based architectural Practice KUBE architecture,  received a highly commended award in this year’s ‘AfriSam Sustainable Construction’ category. The project, which acts as the face of the FynBloem brand uses creative initiatives to lessen the environmental impact and increase sustainability, not only during construction but also in the everyday running of the facility. The facility was also awarded the CSR award for Socially Responsible Development!  You can read more about what makes this project so successful here.

New Google technology could halve Construction Costs

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The construction industry accounts for 10% of global GDP. It is the largest consumer of global resources and raw materials – 50% – and global energy supplies – 48%. It also creates the largest amount of global solid waste – 40% – and is responsible for 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the world’s most wasteful industry and the main contributor to the deterioration of the global environment. Continue reading

2013 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards

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Restaurant or Bar in a Heritage Building: Apero / Dexter Moren Associates

Winners of the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced.  Totally independent, the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards receives entries from the UK and world’s top architects, designers and hospitality operators. The award is now in its fifth cycle and has built a reputation for being one of the most prestigious in hospitality. Continue reading

200,000 apply to first ever recruitment for Mars settlement

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On Monday non-profit organisation Mars One closed their first call for volunteer astronauts wanting to travel to the red planet. More than 200 000 from 140 countries applied for a one-way ticket to join a human settlement on mars. Continue reading