South Africa

South Africa’s New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent’s Largest Solar Power Facility

South Africa’s New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent’s Largest Solar Power Facility

South Africa is a historically coal-hungry nation, producing around 225 million tonnes of the stuff each year. But just two years ago, government leaders pledged to invest an incredible $5.4 billion in

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution

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Hypocrisy at its Worst: Anti-Poaching Spokesman Charged with Killing Rhinos

Hypocrisy at its Worst: Anti-Poaching Spokesman Charged with Killing Rhinos

A senior park ranger from South Africa's Kruger National Park has been charged with rhino poaching. To make matters even worse, the section ranger, Lawrence Baloyi, has previously spoken out publicly

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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Cast in concrete, the outer semi-circular shell attaches the house to the shoreline with sand foundations. Solar cells line the outer shell to take advantage of Cape Town's abundant sunshine however; the

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

During the Absolut residency, the six artists shared an apartment in Jeppestown, Johannesburg where they exchanged ideas on how to design creative solutions to the city's issues. "The theme of the project

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Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find these containers for sale in Perth, New York,

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Malawi is one of the poorest countries, and the vast majority of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education has been severely lacking in that region, but there's a group that's

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PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane

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Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

We are a team of South African artists who wish to support the people of Troyeville in downtown Johannesburg to raise up “iThemba Tower.” This is a 30 meter-high permanent art installation made with

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Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

The stunning Boomslang walkway is a permanent attraction at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and provides amazing views of one of the country's most celebrated arboretums. It was named after a

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Architecture For a Change Designs Lightweight Church for South African Zandspruit Community

Architecture For a Change Designs Lightweight Church for South African Zandspruit Community

Architecture For a Change designed a lightweight building to house the Community Church of Zandspruit in South Africa. A symbol of hope and safety in the community, the structure will replace the current

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and

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Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Goodbye Malaria pajama pants are made from locally manufactured South African shweshwe fabric. Proceeds from sales go to help support the fight against malaria in Africa. This recycled cement paper

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the Chesterfield

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

In a rare instance of globalization aiding animal welfare, the South African Shembe church announced that they will swap out leopard skins used in ceremonial dress for synthetic furs imported from China.

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Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

Most of us can't imagine the stress and shame that come along with being homeless. Services that are meant to help those without a place to live mean well, but often they treat homeless individuals like

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog populations,

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Mocked by Stephen Colbert as "poverty porn," the Shanty Town sits alongside Emoya's five-star lodgings. For about $98 a night, guests can pretend to live the rough life, relieving themselves in "long

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American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

Minnesota TV host of Winchester Deadly Passion, Melissa Bachman incurred the wrath of the global conservation community when she posted a tweet on November 13 depicting her triumphantly sitting over a

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Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

If you’re trying to preserve a severely endangered animal, it’s obviously not the best idea to hunt it for sport. But in a bizarre twist of logic, the Dallas Safari Club has decided to auction off the

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Flies Fattened on Organic Waste to Feed Farmed Fish in South Africa

Flies Fattened on Organic Waste to Feed Farmed Fish in South Africa

South Africa is building a huge factory to farm millions of flies that will spend their days gorging on food industry leftovers such as animal manure, blood, and brains from abattoirs. The $3.7m facility

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Seville CSP Tower via Shutterstock As South Africa works to generate 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape

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Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

A rapidly increasing portion of South Africa's population lives in shantytowns that lack access to water, electricity and basic plumbing. Mamelodi is one of the oldest townships in Pretoria that was set

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