Posts Tagged ‘ landscape ’

December 2012

So, what happened in 2012? The design for the landscape at Cecilia Makiwane hospital near East London has metamorphised, the works at Natalspruit hospital have started, those at Zola hospital in Soweto are nearly complete and a clinic in Phalaborwa was completed . The landscape of the next phase of the project at the Houghton golf course has been lovingly detailed and construction is well under way. Work on the memorial projects in Boipatong and for June 16th in Soweto has delayed, but progresses. Also delayed was the Botswana Innovation Hub project in Gabarone, but that too has come back to life. In terms of new projects, some head office refurbishments have come our way, as have exciting projects for UNISA and the University of Pretoria. New projects in Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya have kept Anton on the run. He has recently posted some of the graphic work for those projects. There is also a link to photographer Johann Ryno de Wet’s website and six striking images from his last three exhibitions. And the last post is for a …. mmm, difficult to say – a pillow/eyemask thing. Goodnight. Thank-you to our clients and friends, we wish you everything good during the break and we’ll see you in 2013.

GREENinc and families went up the new Hartbeespoort cableway on Saturday

GREENinc and families went up the new Hartbeespoort cableway on Saturday

April 2012

Early in March, three of us attended a talk by Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank. Coming from a poor South American country and now heading up a Swiss institution,  Alfredo lives by the Google maxim – “get someone somewhere else to pay for it”. Someone somewhere else is a rich country in the northern hemisphere, and he works in poor communities in the developing south. Now, you must have some serious audacity to pull off this Robin Hood stuff. He managed to persuade an Austrian cable car manufacturer to fund a “cable metro” project in Curitiba, convincing them that the cableway has a great public transport future in South America. Love it! Maybe they are woried about the ski resort prospects in the future? But imaging trying to sell a scheme like this to the local authorities. He didn’t even try. He just put the proposal to the local community (anonymously), pointing out that building a road through their settlement would obliterate a third of their informal homes, and left it up to them to convince the municipality that the scheme should fly. Some sound bites from Alfredo : “informality = wriggle room” “architecture should not be limited to the object” “ethics vs aesthetics” and “urbanism is frozen politics”.

I didn’t put a link to Urban Think Tank on the facebook page, but I’ll do it now. Also there this month, there’s a photo of a parking bay landscape, a link to an article on a beach artist, a CAD complaint, a pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen and a floating cimema.

’til next time.

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.

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