Building for Tomorrow’s World

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Articles | No Comments

What the earthworm doesn’t want, the moth will use. We should build our cities that way. [ Article by Don Pinnock, published in the Sunday Times, 20 March 2011] ‘That window,’ says Vernon Collis, ‘do you know where it comes from? No? It’s meranti from Borneo. Half those forests are already gone. This house? It comes from […]

Integrating Sustainability into Design (Part One)

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in CPD | No Comments

We are offering this exciting course focusing on the integration of sustainability into design. The course is split into two 3-hour parts, each  carrying 0.5 CPD points. The format will be a small group participation workshop, presented by Vernon Collis (Engineer-Architect). Various theories, products and opinions around sustainability can be overwhelming for the architect/designer. This short course aims to synthesize, distil and […]

A City House Grounded in Sustainable Process Design

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Case Studies | No Comments

This case study of a new city house built on the mountain slopes of Devils Peak demonstrates how life cycle design and an intermediate & manual technology construction process has minimized environmental impact and maximized social responsiveness as well as quality of building craft. The supplementing and reduction of bulk services like solar geysers, flow […]

Mbekweni Low Cost Housing

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Case Studies | No Comments

The public/private consultant project has provided an inclusive and sustainable development platform to demonstrate alternate ways of delivering low cost housing where both the unskilled and unemployed have a place to learn and earn. Construction of Stonehouse allowed the beneficiary and youth to transform industry waste into building materials, recovering bricks and other materials for […]