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Rainpillow – DIY water storage for the home

Dec 08, 2017 No Comments by

The Rainpillow, a flexible PVC water harvester, used to store rain water caught on roofing structures as well as a means to store grey water on site. The product is manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa, a city that is experiencing its worst drought in over 100 years! Means of being able to reduce water […]

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Worlds first commercially available concrete sunglasses

Nov 29, 2017 No Comments by

South African architect Handre de la Rey was named the 2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards Industrial Design Category Winner for his pair of concrete sunglasses, titled CS Project. Since then, he has launched the design, along with his studio 20 EIGHT, for commercial retail, making it the world’s first pair of concrete sunglasses available to the […]

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Synthetic versus Authentic Building Materials

Oct 26, 2017 No Comments by

In an era where this particular headline could also be translated as “commodity vs niche”, how does the building materials industry look to position itself without compromising standards for lower prices? Perhaps the stigma for synthetic or “engineered” materials deserves review, as historically, sentiment towards such materials has not enjoyed the same airtime as materials […]

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