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Permaculture in a post Covid 19 society

The role of permaculture in a post Covid 19 society

“Permaculture is the philosophy of working with and not against nature, after a long and thoughtful observation.” – Bill Mollison Covid-19 is not the first pandemic we as humans have been faced with. Sadly, it won’t be the last either. Scientists and doctors will inevitably develop a cure and when they do the world as …

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Blurring the line between architecture and the surrounding landscape

by Gillian Holl Too often, the natural landscape of a new building is only considered in hindsight. In doing this the powerful connection that exists between a building, the landscape and the occupants is lost. This is why more architects are looking at these three factors together and designing buildings that are in harmony with …

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Neuro-Architecture: Why humanity should be the epicentre of design

There is a reason why some buildings and interiors make us feel at ease and happy while others affect our mood negatively. It is because there is a part of the human brain that picks up on geometry and how spaces are organised. This, of course, happens unconsciously and that is why we instinctively feel …

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What is Regenerative Architecture & why should it matter to you?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” – Mahatma Gandhi. Climate change is the catalyst behind hundreds of thousands of deaths every year across the world. Extreme weather conditions, droughts and natural disasters are wreaking havoc on ecosystems and economies, and costing governments billions. We aren’t trying to be grim. The …

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Revival of the Industrial Revolution in Architecture

The Industrial Revolution influenced mankind and industry in nearly every possible aspect. In architecture it inspired (and is continually inspiring) new daring and avant-garde outcomes. While the industrial design style was originally thought of as unattractive, a revival of this revolution is reshaping the future of design. But it didn’t happen overnight. We look at …

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Sense of Place

A Modern Home on Monaghan Farm in Lanseria finds its sense of Place through Pared-down Contours and Connection to the Landscape. Photos: Elske Kritzinger | Words: Graham Wood In the evening, when the lights are on, if you glance up from the main road as you head towards Monaghan Farm there’s a house on the …

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