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May 15, 2017 | Design and Decor, Featured

The magic three words

What3Words aims to solve the issue of locations without addresses. A global grid consisting of billions of 3m2 by 3m2 blocks was created, each labelled with three random words, to better find an inaccessible property.

Locally, the founders have teamed up with NGO Gateway Health, who provides emergency services to rural communities, to print the addresses of residents of KwaNdengezi informal settlement. These can be displayed in homes to make them easy to find in an emergency. what3words.com

Going green is heating up

Last month, the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District celebrated a double win. The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, along with The Chicago Athenaeum, recently awarded the Silo District a 2017 Green Good Design Award. In addition, the Green Building Council of South Africa awarded No 5 Silo a prestigious six-star design rating. No 5 Silo’s most notable green features include a highperformance facade that ensures optimal use of natural lighting, a landscaped roof with photovoltaic and  an advanced seawater heating and cooling system.  It was built using sustainable timber, and more than 70% of waste on-site was recycled. gbcsa.org.za

* This article originally appeared in REAL ESTATE Magazine.

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