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South Africa’s construction industry could become safer. Here’s how

Construction is tough, sometimes dangerous work. Globally, the construction industry accounts for about 7% of employment. But it’s responsible for between 30% and 40% of all work-related fatalities. The figure is at its highest in developing countries. This is because contractor organisations in those countries tend to lack a safety culture. Health and management systems are also less robust […]

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Sculptural, tree-filled tower supports “sustainable urbanism” in Singapore

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently completed the Robinson Tower, a contemporary and sculptural high-rise in Singapore that was created in collaboration with Associate Architect A61. Designed with a mix of boutique retail and office spaces, the skyscraper champions the firm’s ideas of “sustainable urbanism” by engaging the public streetscape with floor-to-ceiling glazing and publicly accessible green […]

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This funky, hobbit-like home is immersed in lush greenery

Channeling Mother Nature into built form, Mexican architect Javier Senosiain designed a peanut-shaped bespoke home with nary a straight line in sight. Appropriately named Casa Orgánica (or Organic House), the home stands out from its suburban surroundings near Mexico City with its curvaceous shape, hobbit-like entryway and a semi-submerged construction. The home, which was built in 1984 […]

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