Getting down to business
The inaugural ‘business of design’ seminars took place in both Cape Town and Jozi in October, and what a success it was. Here are some key sound bites from the speakers at the Cape Town leg of the seminar, whose words of wisdom were invaluable to all who attended.
Better Living Challenge
At the end of October 2014, the Better Living Showcase came to the forecourt of Cape Town Station, where we toured the exhibit with the mayor, Patricia de Lille. All of the finalists’ works were exemplary, with creative green solutions for how to address many problems faced in low-income communities.
‘We’re living in a world where bricks and mortar will soon become history in order to save our environment and planet, so I’m very impressed with these ideas,’ said De Lille. So were we, and here are some of our favourites.
Cityspec is a mobile app developed to help community workers, officials and civil-society organisations monitor basic service delivery in informal settlements.
Informexchange is a DIY building manual for RDP housing, while CEB Construction uses 30% rubble or waste from building sites as well as clay-based soil to form brick-like compressed earth blocks (CEBs).
The SolarTurtle is a battery-recharging station powered by solar energy and used to provide electricity for lights, radios, phones and TVs. Its biopanel is made from processed seaweed, which has proven to be a successful insulating material, plus kelp forests are quick at regenerating themselves.
Congratulations to the 2014 Winners
Congratulations to CEB for winning the Structural Home category, Lumkani in the Comfortable Home category, and Cityspec for winning the Intelligent Home category. Read more about it online on realestatemagazine.co.za .
Visit Business of Design’s website for details of the next instalment of seminars, taking place in 2015.