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This Tent Will Totally Change Your Thinking About Camping, Just Enter Inside Once…

The summer is here and along with being the bikini season, it’s the camping season as well. But just in case you’re a bit uncomfortable with the thought of intense sunlight and hotness that wouldn’t let your stay in the tent be cozy, relax. We’ve got something amazing for you.
Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication have invented a revolutionary solar tent under the name of Orange Solar Tent which not only absorbs the heat and reflects extra sunlight, but also gives a radiant glow during the nighttime.
So, have you packed your camping essentials already?
How would you like to have a camping tent this fascinating?


But it’s just not the looks that are breathtaking..

There’s something really special and awesome about these camping tents.
Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication have come up with a revolutionary invention..


The Orange Solar tents are pretty comfortable as well..

Four people can spend cozy and comfortable time in the tent together without giving any crowded appearance.

Initially developed for festivals, people have started using them in all sorts of camping and are loving it..


The solar cells attached are multipurpose..

The tent is made up of solar cells which absorb heat and supply it in the night, thus keeping the tent warm and also reflect excess light and heat in the daytime to make the stay comfortable.

At night, the tents come alive and radiate light with a golden tint

And the amount of surplus energy generated is excellent as well!

The orientation is along the natural airflow and direction of the sun to keep the tent airy..


Article originally on www.architecturendesign.net

New Cape Town City Council submission process


Up until now the process of submitting plans to the Cape Town city council has been fraught with difficulties. It typically involved submitting 4 sets of coloured in plans and lugging these back and forth from council when and if they needed to be amended. Most times council lost some of the consultants plans and we had to charge our clients for disbursements 3 times over for council’s failure to keep track of the plans.


Now the Cape Town city council are introducing a digital submission process called the Development Application Management System (DAMS). This system is an attempt to standardise the processing of Development Applications and to ensure visibility and transparency at every step of the process (we hope!). DAMS is hoped to take council into the “digital generation”. They have taken about 2 years to develop the system and it kicks off on the 1st April 2014.

It means that submissions, where they used to consist of hard copies, will now consist of pdf’s on a flash drive. It will be very interesting to see how council will handle this – it is slightly nerve wracking to embark on a new process but at the same time it is commendable that they are trying to keep up to date with the latest technologies in the industry. Time will tell!

If you need more information on DAMS then go to the City of Cape Town website.

Article originally on www.peerutinarchitects.co.za

Sustainable Architecture And Irregular Bricks

Sustainable architecture needs quality and comfort which is very important for the life worldwide. Constructing materials are different but there are several basic ones that stayed for centuries. Such are clay bricks.

Columbia and other warm countries have a lot of difficulties with the hot weather. That’s why the Architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro formed the Sumart Diseño y Arquitectura SAS studio that has a main goal to develop Sustainable Architecture solutions.
Bloque Termodisipador BT is their famous solution which is actually a clay brick that has irregular shape and protects the house of the heat. Solar radiation is high and the transfer of the heat is avoided in huge level by using this type of bricks in construction.


Sustainable Architecture with Geometrical Bricks

There are several types of these bricks and they are all looking like geometrical figures. Actually a rectangle and some type of triangle are mixed for better effect in the home interior. Many channels are used for the shape so the heat has several tunnels to pass till it gets to the interior of the house. That’s why this cooling system is functioning that well.
Those triangles has less exposed surface on the sun so they don’t get too much heat. The irregular form is also good sound isolation so the noise is turned on minimum.


The top of the block holds the mortar so it also avoids wasted materials.  The UV rays are this way redirected from the ground. The natural finish that those bricks give to the façade also protects the owners of giving extra money for façade building. Those bricks on the way they are installed look very unique and interesting so the façade is already made with the building of the building. Those facades will be used a lot when the effects of the sustainable architecture will be shown and practically confirmed of the owners.

  • Reduce thermal discomfort in order to minimize the use of climate control devices.
  • Address the lack of new sustainable energy solutions in construction that are available to everyone.
  • Decrease the amount of installation materials, finishes and construction time.
  • Promote the clay industry through design, taking advantage of manpower, adjacent primary materials and traditional industrial systems.


Article originally on www.architectureanddesign.net

Transparent Bubble Tent Lets You Sleep Underneath The Stars


If you thought the glass igloo hotel in Finland was cool, then you’ll love this unique tent. The wizards at Holleyweb have invented an inflatable, PVC, transparent, bubble tent that lets you live outside, but with all the comforts of home. All you need is 2000 USD, the tent, and somewhere to plug in the tent’s blower, which is necessary to keep the tent inflated.
The four meter tent can house two people, depending on their size. And while this tent isn’t point-rock resistant, it is water-proof and fire retardant, for those rainy evening when you want to roast s’mores outside.

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Article originally on www.architectureanddesign.net

Can plastic waste be the answer to low-cost housing?

Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth. And the number is rising. “A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organisms can now grow…” reports Ocean Crusaders.

The sustainable use of resources, the reduction and reuse of waste has become one of the most crucial topics worldwide. Waste from urban areas, domestic or trade, varies considerably from local authority to local authority depending on the socio-economic level of the community. “95% of urban waste is disposed of on landfill sites of which there are about 1200 in South Africa”, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA). While a number of industrial sectors have made significant progress in implementing recycling systems to reduce waste, sadly in South Africa “there are no effective incentives to encourage all waste producers to adopt cleaner production processes and minimise waste generation”.

Environmental art movements have for many years enhanced the way we observe and interact with nature. Some noteworthy movements include the story of stuff, humans in nature, Oliver Barnett Photography, Our Common Future and the Centre for Civil Society at UKZN headed by Professor Patrick Bond has made exceptional strides in their contribution to environmental research. With the use of recycled waste, natural or renewable resources, these art installations educate the public about environmental problems but often serve a dual purpose by raising awareness on social issues in a particular area. One such project was recently exhibited by German artist Markus Heinsdorff and showcased at one of Cape Town’s hotspots, Green Point Urban Park.

3ocean-dome “I call it ocean dome” said Heinsdorff.  Ocean dome is an art object made of 50 gabions (metal baskets) in the form of a round tower and filled with plastic bottles.is located at the Biodiversity Showcase Garden Environmental Education Centre, adjacent to Green Point Park. The waste/resource, collected from the Atlantic beaches around Cape Town, consisted of 10 000 bottles, fishing nets, fishing lines and other plastic scraps.


The idea of building with waste highlights two important lessons – first, the creative and sustainable up-cycling of waste as an extremely low-cost construction material when new building forms are created. Secondly, “transforming the halo of poverty into a visitor magnet and architectural attraction (with e. g. guided tours, etc) through the creative use of waste in art project” adds Heinsdorff.


Markus Heinsdorff is an internationally recognised artist whose installations explore the relationship between Nature and space in different contexts of the world. Using design, architecture and photography, Markus documents the process of developing artistic projects with locally available materials, while exploring possibilities for up-cycling and empowering communities. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Recycling Design Award.

Article originally on FutureCapeTown.com


While the concept of enhancing employee engagement is not new, the strategies adopted by companies over the years have been constantly evolving. A new report released by JLL highlights momentum picking up in the latest such approach – one that uses the physical design of a workplace to express company culture and connect employees to brand values.


“Companies have spent a significant amount of time refining strategies to increase engagement through the efficiency of their workplace and effectiveness of their employees,” said Craig Hean, Managing Director, JLL South Africa. “But many are realising they may have been undervaluing the only resource with unlimited potential – their workforce. In response, we’re seeing a trend toward looking at culture and creating workplaces with a personality and expression to match.”

The benefits of an engaged workforce and the problems associated with disengagement are well-documented. Recent studies peg the cost of disengagement to the U.S. at $450-500 billion a year. Conversely, research shows organisations with engaged employees experience almost 150 percent higher earnings per share compared to their competition. Companies that have taken the next step, however, are reaping even more benefits. Those who actively developed their culture returned more than 500 percent higher revenue and 750 percent higher income.

JLL’s report, Fully Engaged, introduces the concept of “workplace expression” as being the final piece of the “3 E’s” of employee engagement. With significant gains made over the last two decades in the first two “E’s” – efficiency and effectiveness – adding the final piece of expression to the mix can create a dynamic and compelling environment that reconnects employees to their purpose, directs renewed energy and engagement while driving innovation and productivity to new levels. Workplace expression is a tool that improves the engagement and motivation of employees by harnessing and communicating the cultural and brand values of a company through the physical design of its workplace.

Effective workplace expression plugs into culture by sending a message to employees about their value to the organisation and what the company stands for. Every organisation has a unique culture that needs to be evaluated to find the best match, but basic principles to consider when creating a powerful workplace expression include:

A deliberate office design that allows cultural values to inform, direct and generate employee engagement
A combination of office design, objects and systems to show the company appreciates its people and the contribution they make
An environment that empowers employees by giving them choice in their daily work habits
An atmosphere that boosts internal buy-in and direction
Employees are typically attuned to the messages their work environment is sending. Creating a responsive environment enables employees to produce meaningful work. It also instils a sense of pride and can revitalise organisational performance.

“Would you bring your best friend to your office?” asks Hean. “The answer to that question is very telling. Culture is intangible and hard to actively measure, yet it’s easy to sense when you walk into an office. Workplace expression shifts the office from being a comfortable background to an active cultural lever used to shape employee perceptions, motivations and behaviours. Allowing it to become a location where a company’s vision and mission manifest itself can easily transform a ‘place to work’ into a ‘best place to work’.”

Original article on leadingarchitecture.co.za

Touchstone House rebuilt and preserved


Touchstone House is located on the corner of Mechau and Bree Streets in
one of Cape Town’s Historic precincts. The original building on the site was
built in 1895 as a warehouse and although this was substantially damaged in
a fire the original façade was preserved and has been incorporated into the
new building.
Aesthetically the new building respects the original building by way of a 5
metre setback. Touchstone House offers elegant yet modern architecture in
keeping with the aesthetics of the Foreshore and City Bowl.

Touchstone House is designed to be as simple and efficient as possible with regards to the form of the
building within the framework provided by the zoning scheme. The consideration of developing an
energy efficient building guided the design of the facade .

















Original article on www.futurecapetown.com

The R80 billion plan to sink Cape Town’s rail lines

This is the vision for a section of the Cape Town CBD for the year 2030 by Makeka Design Lab. The idea is the brain child of Mokena Makeka, the Principal and Creative Director of Makeka Design Lab.

In 2011, a R80 billion regeneration project for the Cape Town Station precinct and more than 50 hectaresof land between Woodstock and Culemborg was proposed to radically alter Cape Town’s inner city and breathe life into a “dead area”. Plans included the recovery of shipwrecks from below the Cape Town station and the dropping of the railway tracks between Cape Town and Salt River to allow for expanded terrestrial development.

The ambitious inner-city facelift was unveiled at a 2011 City of Cape Town mayoral committee meeting and was one of seven national transport orientated development projects being considered by the former agency, Intersite, the the property division of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA. As about half of the city’s commuters relied on rail transport, Cape Town’s regeneration was a “high priority”, said Intersite chief executive officer Cromet Molepo.

The rail corridors would have nodes and stations, each with a unique character and economic profile. According to Makeka said there would be four neighbourhoods linked by a central spine or grand promenade.

  •  Neighbourhood A would be mixed-use with a cultural centre, museum and boutique hotels.
  •  Neighbourhood B would be a centre of technological research and education.
  •  Neighbourhood C would be a government services area with staff housing and parliamentary loft apartments.
  •  Neighbourhood D would be a health and lifestyle area with clinics, sport medical centres and a fitness park.

Makeka said challenges included the zoning rights that would be needed to get a project of this magnitude off the ground, and the “substantial” amount of infrastructure that would be placed underground.

Article originally on futurecapetown.com

Packing Tape Webs in an Abandoned Basement


Design firm Numen/For Use is best known for its bizarre tunnels made of packing tape, resembling the webs of a nightmarishly oversized spider. While these installations are often set inside galleries, the Viennese/Croatian collective also stretched 117,000 feet of it inside the basement of an abandoned factory for the 2010 Vienna Design Week.


Article originally on Weburbanist.com