Posts Tagged ‘ landscape architecture ’

September 2013

A week ago on Saturday, GREENinc was awarded its 8th (I was battling to spell eightth there, so went for the shorter version) ILASA Award of Excellence for its role on Freedom Park’s second phase. James was in charge of the excellent awards function at the Rand Club. Did you know, they let women in now? Welcome back, James, time for some landscape architecture. He didn’t have anything to do with the judging, he says.

The canopies and outdoor lounges at Bank City that I wrote about last month are complete. If only all our projects happened so quickly! Lots of in-progress photos went up on the facebook site in the last month. One of the photos has been seen by 1,774 people to date, our record for a post so far. Click here to see it. Also see the video clip of one of the canopies dancing in the wind. They give a really festive welcome into the CBD from the north. Congrats to Anton and the whole team!

Also have a look at the pool areas of the apartments being built on the Houghton golf course. Andrew has dedicated a significant chunk of his life to these spaces, and it shows in the detailing. There is also a link to the website of Candy Chang, who is “an artist who is passionate about the ways our public spaces can help us make sense of our communities and ourselves.” And James shared an article about putting a green roof on a bus. Why not?

’til next time.


The crocodile water feature at the Sentlhaga, Freedom Park

May 2012

James posted an OK Go music video on our facebook page this month, so I’ve just had to figure out why my computer hasn’t been playing sound. With the help of IT support, I found that if I unplug my monitor and plug it back in again, the problem is solved. With computers, you know there’s always a logical reason why things happen, but I won’t get into that. At least now I know what to do when people send me YouTube links.

Anton posted a link to a piece on artist (or illusionist) Georges Rousse’s work, which is fascinating. James, not to be outdone, found another Parisian artist with almost the same name – this time Mathilde Roussel. Or maybe it was coincidence. There are also a couple of renderings from a project bid we did recently, and a link to a park in Norway by Saunders Architecture. And apparently, the state of the landscape architecture profession is a now considered a good indicator of the health of the overall economy. In America, that is. Should be here, too.

’til next time.

Sharpeville Memorial in April. Photo: Solam Mkhabela

March 2012

Congratulations to Andrew and Maryke on the birth of their beautiful daughter Isla! And welcome back to the office, Annamari! (I nearly wrote welcome back to work, that wouldn’t have been right)

Just about the whole of GREENinc has registered early for the IFLA World Congress in Cape Town in September, we’re looking forward to seeing friends from near and far there. Especially far, you know who you are, you’d better register. Great to hear that you’re going to be there, Mandy.

James posted such a cute photo of himself and PG dressed as elves on site in Sharpeville about a month ago. But maybe rather have a look at the restaurant at the foot of a waterfall in the Phillipines that he posted. What a great landscape! And in a hot climate, I’m sure it must be great. I wonder if they have little fish that clean your feet while you eat? And if getting your feet wet isn’t enough for you, try this park in Austria. Annamari posted “Ever wondered what goes on in a designer’s mind?” I assumed she was talking about Anton, but looking at the posters, I don’t think so. Then again, who knows what goes on under that bonnet?! On the other hand, it’s obvious what everyone thinks about landscape architects. The Bo Kaap put Cape Town onto a list of the 10 most colourful cities in the world. This is really a visual feast. And Anton posted a video of Freedom Park made by Hugh Fraser. And I posted a link to a review of a new book called “Breaking New Ground” which claims that the distinction between landscape architects and ordinary architects 😉 is a “false dichotomy”. If we can integrate our work, it will be better all round.

’til next time.

December Newsletter

The end is nigh – of the year, that is. It’s been a big one, and I think we are all ready for the holidays.

We’ve worked on some fantastic projects –  the Innovation Hub in Botswana, the Memorial Acre in Sharpeville, hospitals in Mdantsane, Soweto, Parktown, Natalspruit and Phalaborwa, a traffic study in Rosebank and environmental upgrades arount the BRT here in Joburg were just some of them. We brought home an ILASA Award of Excellence from Durban. I went on a roadshow to several regional offices of the Department of Public Works around the country to tell them what landscape architecture is all about. Our founding partner Erika moved to a forest near Knysna. Molly left us, Flo and Elize joined us and Annamari went on maternity leave. The Gautrain started operating between Joburg and Pretoria, and changed our lives.

In the last month, we’ve posted an article on a beach promenade in Denmark, some new proposal sketch plan images and more pictures of Freedom Park. James did a walking tour with Johannesburg Ten Ahead author Gerald Garner for the Gauteng Society for Landscape Architecture year-end function, and posted a link to the Ten Ahead website.

With one week to go before we close our offices for the year, we are about to have our last Friday office lunch of 2011. Thank-you to all our clients and friends for your support during the year, and we wish you all a wonderful break and an even better 2012.

’til next year.

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