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PPC’S New Msasa Plant

TRENDS Is 2017 The Year of Cement?

INSIGHTS Minimalism Explored

INTERIOR DESIGN Bringing A Room Together

Gota Dam Winning International Awards

GREEN BUILDING SOLUTIONS The Green Building Council of Zimbabwe

DESIGN EDUCATION The Emerge Competition For Young Architects

MATERIAL FOCUS Francis Kere on Using Locally Found Resources

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & GARDENING Permaculture: When design fixes

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FOOD DESIGN House By The Sea

DESIGN & TRAVEL The Hidden Pangolin Design

DRIVE DESIGN Isuzu: Made From Real

TECH DESIGN Google Homes

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT Residential Designs On The Rise



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PUBLISHER Structure & Design Media DESIGN & LAYOUT Structure & Design Team



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ur construction industry is on the rise and has prompted a need to showcase the dimensions and development of local structures and designs from concept to project build and beyond. Structure and design will constantly provide credible, technically reliable and intellectually refreshing total infrastructural solutions that bring life to local innovative design visions. Credit is due to PPC for their massive investment in the new Msasa plant, a move that not only increases their footprint but meets the demand of our local industrial needs. Indulge yourself in detailed engineering and architectural motif pictorials. Whats your interior design preference? Do you believe more is less or less is more? Trying out the minimalism trend or filling up your space and if so where and what do you use? what works for you? If you are green conscious and love exterior designs then permaculture is your new best friend as we explain its 12 principles. See why Local Gota residence won international awards for true architecture innovation.and uderstand why green building has become the essence of construction. Isuzu gets real with their new KB, take it for a spin and travel to Botswana where a pangolin inspired lodge hides in the okavango. Get creative with PPCs imaginarium and our local Emerge Competition both assisting future designers and architects in their pursuit of new innovative structures and designs.


Our Commercial architecture feature shows the FMC Finance building in Eastle, Harare. We have a lot more on our plate and we hope you will enjoy first 100 page. Do not hesitate to contribute, help us make Structure And Design better. Welcome to our premium publication









INCE 2014, PPC Zimbabwe has been working towards the next leg of its journey in Zimbabwe. “It marks a giant leap forward in our vision to have a fully integrated cement plant in Harare in the long term,” said Kelibone Masiyane, Managing Director, PPC Zimbabwe, at an event where they showcased their new achievement to their customers. The Msasa Mill is part of a bigger plan to develop a fully integrated plant in Harare in time, as the economy and local demand grows. PPC invested $85 million dollars to the mill and it was reported to have finished on time and under budget. Sinoma International, with extensive knowledge in building world-standard plants, expertly brought the project to life. PPC Zimbabwe’s heritage spans over 100 years, providing innovative construction products and solutions through the Colleen Bawn and Cementside Bulawayo factories, producing cement for some of Zimbabwe’s most iconic landmarks, from Victoria Falls Airport and Harare International Airport, the NRZ building to Lake Mutirikwi. Together, PPC’s Msasa and Bulawayo plants will have an annual capacity of 1.4 million tonnes of cement, bringing their total milling capacity in Zimbabwe to 1.8

million tonnes per annum, providing PPC Zimbabwe greater scope to serve local customers and meet local demand, as well as to export to regional markets such as Zambia and Mozambique. PPC Zimbabwe’s philosophy, “Strength Beyond the Bag”, represents a commitment that goes beyond producing a bag of cement. Not only does PPC Zimbabwe strive to provide customers with cutting-edge products and services, but PPC champions a genuine partnership and an ongoing relationship with customers and partners. The new PPC Msasa plant has been built to world-class standards, with customers in mind, incorporating bulk-handling and palletising technology such as that which was introduced at the PPC Bulawayo factory, which can pack 40 cement bags per minute. Furthermore, the PPC Msasa plant has been designed and constructed in adherence with global emissions standards, helping to achieve PPC’s vision to create positive outcomes for the environment, long-term. PPC Zimbabwe has aimed to provide customers with real, tangible value in every aspect of business through tailormade solutions. In addition to providing 10

palletised, plastic-wrapped bagged cement, PPC Zimbabwe also ensures fast and efficient on-site delivery of bulk cement for all large construction projects, saving customers’ valuable time and money. Through attention to detail in all aspects of product quality and service, PPC Zimbabwe works towards a vision to become the preferred cement and cement products supplier in Zimbabwe. It is one of the first completed projects in the large Sunway City Industrial build and the PPC Msasa plant is representative of a greater, unwavering commitment by the company to Zimbabwe and her people, the economy, the environment, and the region as a whole. PPC Zimbabwe continues to invest in communities through enterprise development and community support. “PPC Zimbabwe has overcome challenges in the past hundred years, on its journey to grow and become a significant contributor to the development of the nation. Beyond manufacturing and selling cement, we have a greater mission to make a positive and lasting contribution to Zimbabwe. PPC Zimbabwe is entering a new phase of its journey with great optimism, and thanks Zimbabweans for the steadfast partnership in years gone by” concluded Masiyane, at the customer event.






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+39.40 -0.07

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1.48 1559.00 1557.52



A=260.800 B=377.400

1.02 1559.00 1557.98


A=248.300 B=377.400 A=240.300 B=377.400

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0.25 1559.00 1558.75


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-0.69 1559.50 -0.58 1559.50 1560.19 1560.08

-0.90 1559.50 -0.77 1559.50 1560.40 1560.27


4.61 1560.80 1556.19 4.54 1560.80 A=2911556.26 B=453. .871 121 +1685.12






4.81 1560.80 1555.99

4.60 1560.80 1556.20


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4.87 1560.80 1555.93 4.88+37.70 1560.80 5.06 1560.80 1555.74 5.17 1560.80 1555.92 1555.63 A=272 .222 +1801.10 B=502. 5.21 1560.80 580 +275.60 1555.59 5.27 1560.80 1555.53 +1281.09 +35.20



5.19 1560.80 +151.12 1555.61 +25.50 +288.39 4.111560.80 +29.61 4.14 1560.80 4.48 1560.80 4.81 1560.80 5.071560.80 5.09 1560.80 1556.69 1556.66 1556.32 1555.99 1555.73 1555.71 +208.30 +89.274.05 1560.80 +801.48 +127.62 4.94 1560.80 1556.75 1555.86 A= +1687.12 +1810.85 +199.56 B= 243.0 +374.33 48 5.4 40 4.67 1560.80 67 4.06 1560.80 1556.13 +48.95 1556.74 4.09 1560.80 4.06 1560.80 4.47 1560.80 +120.37 +117.78 1556.71+187.03 1556.74 1556.33 +269.55 4.31 1560.80 +80.11 +115.69 3.60 1560.80 1556.49 1557.20 +190.82

4.05 1560.80 1556.75

4.25 1560.80 1556.551560.80 +324.39 +290.33

4.04 1560.80 1556.76 4.05 1560.80 +81.77 1556.75

1.62 1558.60 1556.98 1.93 1558.60 A=309.610 +165.32 1556.67 4.27 1560.80 B=394.0 4.55 1560.80 03 1556.53 1.46 1558.60 1556.25 A=303.194 +335.74 1557.14 +671.72 1560.80 4.56+225.40 1.75 1558.60 A=30 B=424.621 +45.39 1556.24 1556.85 B=40 4.63 3.98 1560.80 4.08 4.42 1560.80 3 0.84 1560.80 +54.48 1 1556.72 1556.82 1556.38 +21.02 1.85 1559.00 +114.893.98 1560.80 +885.75 1556.82 1557.15

0.44 1559.00 1558.56

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0.91 1559.00 1558.09


1.36 1559.00 1557.64


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-0.81 1560.80 -0.50 1560.80 1561.61 1561.30-0.25 1560.80 0.13 1560.80 -1.17 1559.50 1561.05 1560.67 0.09 1561.70 0.40 1561.70 A=137.815 1560.67 1561.30 1561.61 B=363.103

-0.39 1559.03 -0.05 1559.50 1559.42 1559.55 0.08 1559.50 1559.42

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0.40 1559.00 1558.60

A=281.300 B=377.400

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+19.12 -23.71 -0.01 1564.00 1564.01

-1.68 1563.10 1564.78

-1.58 1563.10 1564.68

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-2.80 1562.00 -1.89 1562.911564.80 -1.89 1562.91 1564.80 1564.80

A=290.764 B=311.233

A=252.126 B=311.233 A=252.126 B=308.280

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-0.60 1564.60 -0.45 1564.60 1565.20 1565.05


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-1.14 1564.20 1565.34

-0.77 1564.60 1565.37

-209.56 -1.45 1564.00 1565.45


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CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURE & SUPPLY Sinoma Zimbabwe Engineering Stand 2111, Ventersburg (Sunway Industrial Park), Harare Tel: +263 782 618 167 Email: weiqiang@sinomaee

Sinoma Int., a Full-service General Contractor with: • A workforce of more than 10,000 employees • Global presence in around 70 countries and regions • 250 production lines constructed or under construction in foreign markets


SINOMA Int. employed its state of the art cement engineering, and it’s dry - processing international technologies in the project build from start to final finishing touch in the EPCM agreement with PPC.

50KN 84.06



The Plant will boost PPC’s capacity by 700 000 tonnes, a strategic move that has geared PPC for the much anticipated construction industry’s boom.


Through the investment PPC will consolidate it’s local market share and boost exports to the region.






SINOMA International Engineering where the actual plant equipment supplier, a move deemed necessary by PPC to ensure creation of a world class plant in and for the region.


SINOMA met all local supply requirements by contracting local labour as part of its workforce. The msasa plant was built to world class standards and features bulk handling and palletising capabilities. The new plant will unlock value in the country through employment creation, which is line with the country’s economic blueprint, Zim Asset.



Good equipment management makes your business competitive. With your purchase, you don’t just buy a Good equipment makes your business competitive. With your your productivity purchase, you just buy a machine. We management ensure that we are always there to help you improve anddon’t efficiency. machine. We ensure that we are always there to help you improve your productivity and efficiency.

Good equipment management makes your business competitive. With your purchase, you don’t just buy a machine. We ensure that we are always there to help you improve your productivity and efficiency.

Barzem– Harare Barzem– Harare 10 Harrow Rd, Msasa 10 Harrow Rd, Msasa P. O. Box 1537 Harare Barzem– Harare P. O. Box 1537 Harare Tel: (+263) 4 486600-4/486609-16 10 Msasa Tel:Harrow (+263) Rd, 4 486600-4/486609-16 E-mail: P. O. Box 1537 Harare E-mail:

Barzem– Bulawayo Barzem– Bulawayo 5 Dunlop Rd, Donnington 5 Dunlop Rd, Donnington P. O. Box 1192, Bulawayo Barzem– Bulawayo P. O. Box 1192, Bulawayo Tel: (+263) 9 467781-4/472470-3 5 Dunlop Rd, Donnington Tel: (+263) 9 467781-4/472470-3 Fax: (+263) 9 469006 P. O. (+263) Box 1192, Bulawayo Fax: 9 469006

Barzem– Hwange Barzem– Hwange Stand 30, Industrial Area Stand 30, Industrial Area P. O. Box 175 Hwange Barzem– Hwange P. O. Box 175 Hwange Tel: (+263) 81 20881-3/ 24333 Stand 30, Industrial Area24333 Tel: (+263) 81 20881-3/ Fax: (+263) 81 23277 P. O.(+263) Box 175 Fax: 81Hwange 23277

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Barzem was established over 50 years ago as Zimbabwe’s Caterpillar machinery distributors. Barzem Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd is 51% owned by

and 49% by


Barzem markets and supports Caterpillar and Hyster products to Mining, Earthmoving, Material Handling, Agricultural, Engine and Industrial customers in Zimbabwe.

Barzem equipment sales and support facilities are strategically based in key areas of Zimbabwe. The Harare head office and Bulawayo depot take care of the major civil engineering, construction, mining, and industrial companies. Its Wankie Colliery Company and Zimbabwe Power Company both of which are of major strategic importance to Zimbabwe. The Chiredzi depot provides support for the machinery intensive sugar industry in the lowveld, whilst our presence in Mutare focuses on the timber industry.




Tencraft Construction (Pvt) Ltd is a wholly Zimbabwean owned company that operates in the civil engineering sector of the construction industry. Tencraft Construction was established in 2006 A FEW OF THEIR MANY PROJECTS: PPC Railway Sunway City Railway Siding: Earthworks for railway siding Client/Consultant: PPC Private Limited CABS-Budiriro Housing project: Construction of roads and stormwater drainage, sewer and water reticulation, water main supply Client/ Consultant: Old Mutual Properties/CNM-YBJ Consulting Engineers, CGM Consulting Engineers Zimplats South of Gwazana Housing Project. Construction of roads and stormwater drainage, sewer and water reticulation, water main supply, sewer pump station Client/ Consultant: ZIMPLAT / Arup Consulting Engineers Tuli River Bridge. Construction of a bridge across Tuli River, Matebeleland South Client/ Consultant: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development /Masimba Construction Over the past three years, the company has experienced phenomenal growth both in terms of capacity and balance sheet size. It has acquired a variety of critical plant and equipment and skills to support its growth strategy and enhance its competitive advantage.




Associated Consultants (Ascon) Africa was established and registered in Zimbabwe in 1959, as a consulting engineering firm. It is well known and associated with most of the industrial and infrastructure development in the country from the early 60s. It became a market leader for offering a one-stop shop for consultancy services in specialised industries including railways, agro – industries, materials handling, roads and bridges. In 2006, the Scott Wilson Group listed on the London Stock exchange and this necessitated group organizational changes. In Zimbabwe, the company transformed itself in 2008, to facilitate localisation and renamed Ascon Africa. Ascon Africa has re-established in the regional countries and now trades in South Africa and Mozambique. Ascon Africa has completed the EPC contract for design and construction of the PPC Msasa Railway siding.



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number of globally accepted design and interior trends have been decided. Pantone declared this a green year (specifically yellow green shades) and the pallets for say, dark interior colours is already seeing designers subscribing to dark hues of leafy colours. It doesn’t stray far from the new need to get away from time spent on computers and phones – escapism, with a greater desire to create spaces without digital interference. With the need for calm and serenity it’s not surprising we are looking to bring the outside inwards. We’ll see that in the use of those greens and other earthy colours like hazelnut and shades like lapis blue. We, however are looking at two and a half other trends that we are particularly interested in. We are talking about the return of bricks as a design and aesthetic point of focus, whether used inside and left exposed or as breeze blocks framing a veranda or outdoor terrace. The other, is concrete. Although still famously used as a requirement in Zimbabwean design, concrete hasn’t been as popular globally with new materials making headlines. But not only is concrete back as an architectural preference, concrete has found new life in interior design objects. And they are beautiful to look at and add so much to the overall feel of a room. Hard objects have a certain charm to them. Check out our article on House by the Sea’s Stone creations. Which brings us squarely to the last trend, which is more passive (hence calling it half a trend), and is looking at the resurgence of having interior objects feel like art in themselves. Form and function.


PPC IMAGINARIUM & DESIGN INNOVATION Every year the PPC Imaginarium Awards in South Africa gives emerging artists the scope to showcase their talent and creative thinking. Concrete is the inspiration, stimulus, and primary medium for revolutionary design thinking and artistry across 6 creative disciplines. PPC Imaginarium Awards has become a celebrated part of the PPC Calendar and is steadily growing in popularity year-on-year as a platform for artists to become recognised, not only by their peers, but also by the wider artistic and business community. The Awards encompass: Industrial Design, Jewellery Design, Film, Sculpture, Architecture and Fashion. All the contestants receive extensive media coverage during the award judging and exhibition. The winner of the awards takes home R100 000 in cash, in addition each of the category winners and runners up receive cash prizes as well. It’s a showcase of art and design innovation, where the beauty and versatility of concrete is celebrated, and emerging talent is recognised and rewarded WHAT ARE THE IMAGINARIUM AWARDS? In 2014, PPC extended its existing sculpture, fine art, and industrial design competition (The Young Concrete Sculptor Awards) to include the creative disciplines of jewellery design, fashion design, and film. Thus, the Imaginarium Awards was created - an ambitious modern art and design competition aimed at providing emerging artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their talents through the medium of concrete. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE IMAGINARIUM AWARDS PPC believes that investing in innovation and creativity not only creates jobs, it makes for more sustainable communities, better businesses, and pushes our economy to grow in an increasingly competitive global worldBy providing support and promoting innovative thinking, the Imaginarium Awards aims to establish young emerging artists and designers as leaders in their respective industries. Through the convergence of innovation, design, and fine art, the Imaginarium hopes to create a space for young creatives to engage with key social issues faced by people and communities globally. We would love to be a part of this endeavour in Zimbabwe. Concrete made objects are in this year after all. Watch this space?





N THE PURSUIT of a clutter-free, sleek and clean living, minimalism was born. It’s described as a style (in the visual arts and in music) that uses pared-down design elements. It derives itself from the reductive elements of modernism. In design and architecture, a subject is simply reduced to its necessary elements.

Minimalist architecture has designers focusing on two perfect planes, elegant lighting, and the void spaces left by the removal of three-dimensional shapes in an architectural design. Minimalism in architecture was apparently influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. It is often characterized by meticulous organising of basic elements such as lines and planes. Less is more right? Of cause another emerging fact is that home design seems larger and more expensive (in building Materials) in the pursuit of attractive minimalistic designs, which isn’t minimalist in itself. Because, minimalism, is more like a way of thinking, not just a simple trend. Others extend it beyond design, it’s a way of managing their lives. It’s a way of simplifying things. Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (18861969) adopted the “less is more” motto to describe his aesthetic. His tactic was of organising the necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity – he enlisted every element and detail to serve multiple visual and functional purposes. The idea in minimalism is, after all, that all parts, details and joinery are reduced to a state where no one can remove anything further to improve the design. Minimalist architects look beyond the physical aspects of a building, but deeper into the spiritual dimension and the invisible, paying attention to the details, people, space, nature and materials. You see a lot of natural light, sky, earth and air being introduced into the thought process and the harmony that the building and the site will have. It’s no wonder minimalism is an on-going trend, as it goes along with new and current thought on environmental awareness and making design something that isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but that makes you feel. Natural light is uplifting and clean design elements and light walls and large windows all help to bring about the full effect. Minimalist furniture and unobtrusive low profile interior elements add to this.












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n a space like this one, the architecture leans towards encouraging views of the outside and a lot to view on the inside. Dissecting the elements within this requires we look at what the person was trying achieve in this setup. In other words, we need to contruct the context before anything else.

1. Cowhide skin based objects like this stool, can add warmth, texture, luxury, patterns and colour and even a sense of fun 2. Mirrors add an extra dimension to a space, especially when there are two sides to a room like in this case. You are able to glimpse other angles whilst hidden away in a corner.

3. A collection of photographs always works best displayed in a living room space, but because of how different each memory can be in shape or size, there is a lot of difficulty in carefully curating the wall they inhabit. So they were tucked away in a corner with their own chair and viewing table right next to a window. It adds life to the room. 4. This table is a good place to sit and view the outside and either read from or view artwork and new pictures before assignment. 5. This low-lying sofa would work best here in its muted tones, providing an unobtrusive view of the outside and no light is blocked 6. Books are like artwork - they adorn your table much as artwork 42

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reducing the volume of the room. 11. The fireplace is almost one of the framed artworks and is situated in a perfect place to add to what could be an intimate space and provide warmth whilst reading or viewing artwork. 12. A bean bag is nicely placed for a simple comfortable place to read or contemplate, right by the fireplace 13. The sofas in this room have contrasting colours but have the same build - long, comfortable and everything about them seems to encourage a large volume of people. They are welcoming and encourage visitors to stay. However, they can be used for cozy liedowns when one needs rest. 14. A specific placement of an artwork is also good as a conversation starter, but in a room where every available wall needs something to view, it’s a good way to cover more bared spaces 15. A coffee table is a great design addition in any space. This one is low to match the low-profile furniture and plays host to even more books. Dark wood also expresses a kind of sophistication, which, when paired with the books, is a statement.

hangs on the walls and they speak volumes about your personality, like any good interior space should. Because they are also mobile, there’s a nice, casual ‘just for now’ vibe about even the most permanent feature. They are also a good conversation starter for those that entertain. These floors are nice and muted wood, enhancing the light as well as all the other elements in the room - a great canvas The staircase is almost a centre-piece, achitecturally interesting and stunning, but with walls supporting them that have the extra benefit of dividing the room with its different elemnts that would otherwise clash visually. Any space that just feels like it’s lacking something, might simply need picture frames. Artistic photograps and artwork can be out in a beautiful collage and bring interest in a room that could feel bare or too minimal. It enhances any space. Those beautiful hanging lamps add more light to the already nicely lit room or can create specific illumination in that specific space when the rest is not lit, creating an intimate setting and 43



Gota Dam Residence / Sforza Seilern Architects A collaboration between Muzia Sforza and Studio Seilern Architects Harare, Zimbabwe 1500Sqm Private Residence


HE HOUSE is situated atop a granite rock overlooking a large man-made dam, or reservoir for the extensive surrounding farmland. The area is, as awe-inspiring as the piece of architecture that was made for it.

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Architect: Sforza Seilern Architects Local Architect: Architexture Structural Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan Local Structural Engineer: Marcussen and Cocksedge Services Engineer: DSA Engineering Ltd Local Services Engineer: Lage Consultants Lighting Consultant: BDP Lighting Quantity Surveyor: Matrix Quantity Surveyor Contractor: Elevate Project Year: 2012

The house consists of three basic elements: two granite blocks that enclose the bedrooms and support spaces, an oversized timber platform and cantilevering roof that frame the panoramic views and create shaded living spaces, and two glass boxes that enclose the winter living areas emphasising the feeling of living within natural granite. Two retaining walls create a small horizon pool, and at the lower level visually integrates the dam reservoir with the lower levels of the house. All elements are orientated to create physical adjacencies and visual privacy. The house sits on levels ranging between 112 and 116 metres above sea level on the edge of a cliff. There is another 50 metre drop to the reservoir. The project had to deal with issues of hyper-inflation and lack of available material. All materials were sourced locally, except for specialist items such as the glass and the roof waterproofing. The granite used to clad the two anchor blocks were the ‘crusts’ cut-off that came from the granite excavation. The dynamite drill holes are still apparent and tie the building to the area of excavation. Using the granite from the site also insured that the building blended harmoniously with its surroundings.




Reinforced concrete is used to form a series of cantilevers and ground structures. The canopy roofs are steel framed. The building is conceived as a series of accommodation pavilions sitting beneath large roof canopies. The space between the pavilions and under the canopies creates a further outdoor room, sheltered from the sun and from the heavy seasonal rains. The main spaces benefit in having views of the lake, dam and countryside WAN House of the Year Award 2012 RIBA International Award Winner 2013









he Green Building Council of Zimbabwe (GBCZW), is a not for profit making body collaborating for sustainability in the built environment. The GBCZW predominantly focuses on the built environment including office and high rise buildings, housing, malls and any infrastructure that involves some kind of construction activity (dams, bridges etc), to ensure that these are designed, built, operated and disposed off in an environmentally sustainable manner. The organization was officially launched in Harare at The Rainbow Towers on the 30th of September 2016 in the presence of officials across all sectors of government, the private sector, the civil society and various media houses. WHY THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT? According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), buildings constitute 1/3 of all the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions which result in climate change in their operation life cycle (construction, operation and decommissioning). Consequently, buildings also offer the cheapest GHG emission reductions opportunities. *To understand this, think of electricity i.e. over 1/3 of electricity produced is used in buildings, and a reduction in the electricity consumption in buildings for instance will result in less electricity demand in buildings leading to less electricity generation which predominantly comes from fossil fuels (e.g. coal fired power

stations). Such a reduction will in turn reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, the built environment is responsible for 40% solid waste generation, 12% fresh water consumption and 40% end-use energy consumption. COP 21: The Conference of Parties (a United Nations Framework on Climate Change initiative) meeting held in Paris in December 2015 which Zimbabwe is a signatory, hailed a historic agreement which states that Developed and Developing countries alike are required to limit their emissions to relatively safe levels of 2 degrees Celsius. This cannot be achieved without strong emission reduction measures in the building sector. To emphasize the importance of the buildings sector, the COP21 meeting had a whole day dedicated for the buildings sector. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The UN SDGs which officially came into effect on 1 January 2016 are an ambitious set of 17 goals set by the United Nations to banish a whole host of ills by the year 2030. A close look at the SDGs reflects that most of these goals are closely linked to the built environment and its development. Of the 17 SDGs, 10 are closely linked to the built environment. THE ROLE OF THE GBCZW The GBCZW aids in Green Economic Transformation by collaborating for integrated building designs and a multidisciplinary 51

approach to infrastructural design catering for the 3 Ps namely resource efficiency (Planet- Environment), occupants’ wellbeing (People) and GDP (Productivity). • The GBCZW stimulates economic activity by challenging cross cutting professions in the built environment to innovate, adopt and operate as per current and latest trends. • The GBCZW advocates for sound policies and regulations that support the green economic transformation. • The GBCZ conducts awareness and education activities that produce professionals with unique skills and competencies for the green economy. • The GBCZW, through its affiliation to the World Green Building Council, headquartered in the United States, and through its access to a combined over 100 established and emerging GBCs across the world will have access to latest trends, technologies and will be a portal of information for sustainability in the built environment. • The GBCZW will further aid in employment creation in two ways: (I) By employing a fully functional secretariat which runs the GBCZW office on a full time basis. (II) By the creation of green jobs to support the huge green economic transformation which will need a new skills set.


The Eastgate Mall, by architect Mick Pearce is a good example of a world-famous green building. opened in 1996, it was designed to be ventilated and cooled by entirely natural means, it is said to probably have been the first building in the world to use natural cooling to that level of sophistication. Passive cooling works by storing heat in the day and venting it at night as temperatures drop.



EMERGE Competition


HE EMERGE Competition calls Zimbabwean architecture students across the globe to offer innovative architectural solutions that meet the current issues of the Zimbabwean context. This competition gives students a platform to exhibit ideas that address and improve living conditions in Zimbabwe through design. Following the launch of the Emerge competition in 2015, they received registrations from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Cyprus, Spain, India, Singapore, Egypt, Togo, Switzerland, Tunisia, UK and Mexico. The feedback was inspiring, using social media as their main tool for advertising. The architecture schools in Zimbabwe have also shown interest in incorporating future competition briefs in their curriculum, making it easier for students to submit a proposal without impacting their school work schedule. The 2015 theme ‘Living Tomorrow’ challenged students to apply their design skills to the issue of sustainability. The students were required to define the home of the future and to explore an architectural program that challenges environmental and agricultural solutions, cultural barriers, building technology and addressing affordability. The jury comprised of an international panel of professionals including Architects and Designers: RUVIMBO MOYO [ARCHITECT/ FOUNDER], MAXWELL MUTANDA [CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Studio |D| Tale], NICOLAS-PATIENCE BASABOSE [DESIGN SCIENTIST], ADAM LEE CASEY [PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER/ARCHITECT]. JUDGING CRITERIA The Jury used the guideline below in judging the projects: Originality & Relevance /20marks The judges consider the Design Intent, concept and originality of the participant’s idea, the relevance in the future context along with the issues raised in the participant’s Design Intent. Spatial organisation and Function /20marks

The judges consider the planning and spatial layout of the proposed building. This also includes the participant’s chosen brief and how it responds to the concept and design intent. ‘Living Tomorrow’ /20marks The judges consider the participant’s response to the 2015 theme ‘Living Tomorrow’. The participants were given leeway in connecting with issues that interest them, for example, socioeconomic, cultural, environmental (sustainability) or agricultural influences. Their interests were to guide their schemes and offer a solution for the future context of Zimbabwe. Resolution /20marks The judges consider the form, materiality, detailing, usability and technology used (especially of the future context), innovation and expression of the project. Overall Submission Overview /20marks The judges consider the participant’s submission as a whole. This includes quality, aesthetics (presentation and building form), response to the brief, innovation, creative solutions, ideas brought forward and clear stance taken. Total 100 marks


DESIGN EDUCATION The winning project by Michael Hobbs met the challenge posed by the brief with maturity and imagination, producing a buildable response. It would be interesting to see the market idea divorced from the existing site and adapted in other neglected areas across the country. The judges thought the project responded successfully to the brief and held the ideals the competition wishes to uphold. 1st place proposal by MICHAEL HOBBS, University of Cape Town (4th Year)

In second place, the proposal by Tinotenda Ncube had a nature conservation as the driving force behind the project. More data on the context and need of this intervention would have aided in making this a more successful submission and supported the choice of the location and given a measurable prediction of its transformational impact to give this design intent more substance. Another species more indigenous and common to the area at the forefront of the project would have added to the legitimacy of the proposal. In third place, the proposal by Marvin Ncube makes good use of existing technology and offers beautiful interior solutions with a design intent that shows an understanding of the brief. The proposal would have been more successful if it addressed the economic reality of the majority of Zimbabweans. We are looking forward to EMERGE’s upcoming 2016 “Rising Youth’ themed edition.






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iébédo Francis Kéré has a knack for building with local materials, a necessity for the projects he did in his hometown of Gando, Burkina Faso, about 125 miles southeast of the capital city of Ouagadougou. Being in the sahara, there is no wood to use as building material. Having been awarded a scholarship to learn woodworking in Germany, an ironic prize for a student from Burkina Faso, Kéré still recognized opportunity when he saw it and parlayed his scholarship into a high-school degree, followed by acceptance at a German architecture school. Still, there was a problem. His architecture program was focused on creating structures with sophisticated machinery and techniques in northern climates. Kéré wanted to learn how to build for his own people, in a place where temperatures often top 104 degrees, where there is no electricity for power tools, and where termites quickly make lunch of your two-by-fours. So he resolved to reverse-engineer everything he was taught, trying to use principles of heat to figure out natural cooling and learning to design windows that would protect from the blazing sun but still offer ventilation. Kéré wanted to learn how to build for his own people.

could accommodate a larger structure, survive the annual rains, and support a graceful roof. Now he just needed the labor to raise it. “The first thing I did was to say to the community, ‘I don’t swim in money, but I want to do this together, like we used to.’ “ The tribal elders were interested but skeptical. “How can we manage?” they asked, when they saw his drawings. Kéré told them his plan: to work with the climate and with local materials and labor. And he realized he had to get it right. “I knew that if I got it wrong, they would know where I am. They know my family! I can’t run away. I had to make it better,” he says. He rallied his neighbors, and they set to work. “Everybody was working,” he says. “The oldest were encouraging the youngest, the women were carrying water and beating the floors level.” In six weeks, Gando had a new school for 120 students, made of 30,000 clay bricks. The man who constructed the hand-driven machine that compressed the bricks had estimated that on a good day, villagers could make 700. “At one point, we made 2,000 in a day,” Kéré says.

While in Germany, he learned that the school in his village was near collapse. Determined to help, he launched an organization, Schulbausteine für Gando e.V. (School Building Blocks for Gando) to raise money for a new facility that could give his people a chance at a better life.

The structure won Kéré the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the 2010 BSI Swiss Architectural Award. His project was recently featured in MoMA’s 2010 show “Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement.

Kéré was determined not to build the school with traditional construction methods: bunkers of concrete blocks with corrugated roofs that turn into ovens in the summer heat. Instead, he devised a new sort of brick, made of clay, fortified with 10% cement, and compressed by hand tools into sturdy building blocks. These

They were interested in Francis’s reimagining of local techniques. Because it was built by the community, the community then became its steward. And the project had an unexpected side effect: teaching villagers new skills that they have subsequently used to build schools and housing in other communities. 60

The Library for the Gando Schools had an innovative design as the community brought large clay pots that were sawed in half and used on the roof in a playful pattern that brought in natural lighting and passive ventilation.

The design for the Primary School evolved from a lengthy list of parameters including cost, climate, resource availability, and construction feasibility. The success of the project relied on both embracing and negating these constraints. In order to maximize results with the minimal resources available, a clay/mud hybrid construction was primarily used. Clay is abundantly available in the region, and is traditionally used in the construction of housing.

Project: Gando Primary School SITE: Gando / Burkina Faso SIZE: 520 m2 CLIENT: Gando Village Community / Kéré Foundation (Schulbausteine für Gando e.V.) AWARDS: Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2004 / Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2009

These traditional clay-building techniques were modified and modernized in order to create a more structurally robust construction in the form of bricks. The clay bricks have the added advantage of being cheap, easy to produce, and also providing thermal protection against the hot climate. Despite their durability, however, the walls must still be protected from damaging rains with a large overhanging tin roof. Many houses in Burkina Faso have corrugated metal roofs which absorb the heat from the sun, making the interior living space intolerably hot. The roof of the Primary School was pulled away from the learning space of the interior though, and a perforated clay ceiling with ample ventilation was introduced. This dry-stacked brick ceiling allows for maximum ventilation, pulling cool air in from the interior windows and releasing hot air out through the perforated ceiling. In turn, the ecological footprint of the school is vastly reduced by alleviating the need for air-conditioning. Although the plans for the Primary School were drawn by Francis, the success of the project can be attributed to the close involvement of the local villagers. Traditionally, members of a whole village community work together to build and repair homes in rural Burkina Faso. In keeping with this cultural practice, low-tech and sustainable techniques were developed and improved so that the Gando villagers could participate in the process. Children gathered stones for the school foundation and women brought water for the brick manufacturing. In this way, traditional building techniques were utilized alongside modern engineering methods in order to produce the best quality building solution while simplifying construction and maintenance for the workers. After the Primary School was completed, it became a landmark of community pride and received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. As the collective knowledge of construction began to spread and inspire Gando, new cultural and educational projects have since been introduced to further support sustainable development in the village. A Primary School Extension and Teacher’s Housing were built to support the overwhelming demand of educational resources. As well as a Secondary School, School Library, Women’s Center, and Atelier.



Gando Secondary School SITE: Gando / Burkina Faso SIZE: 4800 m2 CLIENT: Kéré Foundation (Schulbausteine für Gando e.V.) / Hevert Arzneimittel GmbH und Co Kg / Frank Elstner AWARDS: Global Holcim Award Gold 2012 / Regional Holcim Award Gold for Africa and Middle East 2011 After the overwhelming success of the Gando Primary School, Francis Kéré’s first building, it soon became clear that additional educational resources where desperately needed. The addition of the Secondary School will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of their school subjects while opening up now possibilities for their futures. Combining both modern and vernacular construction methods, the design shows how a low-tech, energy-saving and low-cost climatic concept can be used in areas of extreme heat and drought. Consisting of a courtyard surrounded by seven buildings, the Secondary School will accommodate approximately 1000 students from Gando and its adjacent villages. The design includes classrooms, administration offices, library, assembly hall, sports field, and sheltered parking for bicycles and motorbikes. In addition to offering resources to students, the Secondary School will also serve as a meeting point for the community, offering space for gatherings, presentations, and performances. The main construction of the school is cast-in-place walls made of poured local clay mixed with concrete and aggregate. Double-skin roofs and facades made from clay, metal, and local wood act to protect the interiors from damaging rains and winds. An extensive landscaping program aims to introduce trees and vegetation, which will in time reinforce the surrounding soil against desertification. Other technical details include passive ventilation, underground cooling, and automatic irrigation in the surrounding landscaping.


Lycée Schorge Secondary School SITE: Koudougou / Burkina Faso SIZE: 1660 m2 CLIENT: Stern Stewart Institute & Friends Completed 2016 Located in the third most populated city in Burkina Faso, the Lycée Schorge Secondary School not only sets a new standard for educational excellence in the region, it also provides a source of inspiration by showcasing locally-sourced building materials in an innovative and modern way. The design for the school consists of 9 modules which accommodate a series of classrooms and administration rooms. One of these modules also houses a dental clinic which will provide a new source of dental care for the students. The walls of these modules are made from locally-harvested laterite stone, which, when first extracted from the earth, can be easily cut and shaped into bricks. When the stone is left exposed to the atmosphere above ground, it begins to harden. The material functions really well as a wall system for the classrooms because of its thermal mass capabilities. This, in combination with the unique wind-catching

towers and overhanging roofs, lowers the temperature of the interior spaces exponentially. Another major factor that helps to naturally ventilate and illuminate the interiors is a massive undulating ceiling. The wave-like pattern of plaster and concrete components are slightly offset from each other, allowing the interior space to breathe and expel hot stagnant air. The off-white color of the ceiling serves to diffuse and spread around indirect daylight, providing ample illumination during the day while keeping the interior learning space protected from direct solar heat gain. Wrapping around these classrooms like a transparent fabric is a system of wooden screens. This secondary façade is made from a local fast-growing wood and acts as a shading element for the spaces immediately surrounding the classrooms. The screens not only function to protect the earthen classrooms from corroding dust and winds, they also help to create a series of secondary informal gathering spaces for the students as they wait to attend their classes. In order to maximize the material transported to the site, the school furniture inside the classrooms is made


from local hardwoods and leftover elements from the main building construction such as steel scraps from the roof. In this way, the economy of the building is extended by reducing waste adding additional value to the cost of construction. Creating a sort of autonomous ‘village’ condition, the radial layout of classroom modules wrap around a central public courtyard. This configuration not only creates privacy from the main public domain, it also shelters and protects the inner courtyard from wind and dust. An ampitheater-like condition at the center of the courtyard will accommodate informal gatherings as well as formal assemblies and celebrations for the school and community as a whole. Overall, one of the most important goals of the design is to serve as a catalyst for inspiration for the students, teaching staff, and surrounding community members. The architecture not only functions as a marker in the landscape, it is also a testament to how local materials, in combination with creativity and team-work, can be transformed into something significant with profound lasting effects.

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n unto death.

Revelation 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.


Revelation 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.









ermaculture Ethics and Design Principles are thinking tools, that when used together, allow us to creatively re-design our environment and our behavior in a world of less energy and resources

engineering, and environmental design Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

The three core tenets of permaculture

The foundations of permaculture are the ethics (centre) which guide the use of the 12 design principles, ensuring that they are used in appropriate ways.

Permaculture was developed, and the term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978.

Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.

It has many branches that include but are not limited to ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, and regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two

These principles are seen as universal, although the methods used to express them will vary greatly according to the place and situation. They are applicable to our personal, economic, social and political reorganisation as illustrated in the permaculture flower. Each principle can be thought of as a door that opens into whole systems thinking, providing a different perspective that can be understood at varying levels of depth and application. INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE A branch of ecological design, ecological

Mollison has said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.� 70

Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness. The third ethic is sometimes referred to as Fair Share to reflect that each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus. Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It determines where these elements should be placed so they can provide maximum benefit to the local environment. The central concept of permaculture is maximizing useful connections between components and synergy of the final design. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design therefore seeks to minimize waste, human labour, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input. The design principles which are the conceptual foundation of permaculture were derived from the science of systems ecology and study of preindustrial examples of sustainable land use. Permaculture draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, integrated farming, sustainable development, and applied ecology.Permaculture has been applied most commonly to the design of housing and landscaping, integrating techniques such as agroforestry, natural building, and rainwater harvesting within the context of permaculture design principles and theory. TWELVE PERMACULTURE DESIGN PRINCIPLES articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability: Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.

Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time. PERMACULTURE ZONES 0-5 Zones are a way of intelligently organizing design elements in a human environment 71

on the basis of the frequency of human use and plant or animal needs. Frequently manipulated or harvested elements of the design are located close to the house in zones 1 and 2. Less frequently used or manipulated elements, and elements that benefit from isolation (such as wild species) are farther away. Zones are about positioning things appropriately, and are numbered from 0 to 5.

Zone 0 The house, or home center. Here permaculture principles would be applied in terms of aiming to reduce energy and water needs, harnessing natural resources such as sunlight, and generally creating a harmonious, sustainable environment in which to live and work. Zone 0 is an informal designation, which is not specifically defined in Bill Mollison’s book. Zone 1 The zone nearest to the house, the location for those elements in the system that require frequent attention, or that need


to be visited often, such as salad crops, herb plants, soft fruit like strawberries or raspberries, greenhouse and cold frames, propagation area, worm compost bin for kitchen waste, etc. Raised beds are often used in zone 1 in urban areas.

intervention in zone 5 apart from the observation of natural ecosystems and cycles. Through this zone we build up a natural reserve of bacteria, moulds and insects that can aid the zones above it. People and permaculture

Zone 2 This area is used for siting perennial plants that require less frequent maintenance, such as occasional weed control or pruning, including currant bushes and orchards, pumpkins, sweet potato, etc. Zone 3 The area where main-crops are grown, both for domestic use and for trade purposes. After establishment, care and maintenance required are fairly minimal (provided mulches and similar things are used), such as watering or weed control maybe once a week.

Permaculture uses observation of nature to create regenerative systems, and the place where this has been most visible has been on the landscape. There has been a growing awareness though that firstly, there is the need to pay more attention to the people care ethic, as it is often the dynamics of people that can interfere with projects, and secondly that the principles of permaculture can be used as effectively to create vibrant, healthy and productive people and communities as they have been in landscapes Natural building

Zone 4 A semi-wild area. This zone is mainly used for forage and collecting wild food as well as production of timber for construction or firewood. Zone 5 A wilderness area. There is no human

A natural building involves a range of building systems and materials that place major emphasis on sustainability. Ways of achieving sustainability through natural building focus on durability and the use of minimally processed, plentiful


or renewable resources, as well as those that, while recycled or salvaged, produce healthy living environments and maintain indoor air quality. The basis of natural building is the need to lessen the environmental impact of buildings and other supporting systems, without sacrificing comfort, health, or aesthetics. To be more sustainable, natural building uses primarily abundantly available, renewable, reused, or recycled materials. In addition to relying on natural building materials, the emphasis on the architectural design is heightened. The orientation of a building, the utilization of local climate and site conditions, the emphasis on natural ventilation through design, fundamentally lessen operational costs and positively impact the environment. Building compactly and minimizing the ecological footprint is common, as are on-site handling of energy acquisition, on-site water capture, alternate sewage treatment, and water reuse. Landscapes can be designed to meet key human needs of food, water, energy and shelter in a way that also enhances the natural environment. This can be achieved by employing Permaculture design principles.

Clephas’ Plate There are two dish versions in the HOUSE BY THE SEA collection. This is one of them. It is a “non-directional dish” in a beautiful triangle shape forming beautiful patterns when you put several together. The platters from the venture between Shona Art sculptors in Chitungwiza Arts Centre in Zimbabwe and Danish Fairtrade Designers can be used for a rustic serving of cheese and fruit. The slightly soft African stone, patinated beautifully, will get even more patinated in use – or the surface can be sealed with a good vegetable oil. A wooden knife is recommend for soft cheeses. Clephas’ Platter in Springstone / Clephas’ Platter in Opal

Designer Stones HOUSE BY THE SEA These Stones are designs from the cooperation between Shona Art sculptors and Danish Fairtrade Designers in Zimbabwe


e found out about HOUSE BY THE SEA through an exhibition they held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. They trade and produce quality interior for modern lifestyles made of natural raw materials. They facilitate design workshops and are producing and trading according to Fair Trade principles. On their website, they show products that they have in their showroom in Harare. They ship to many places worldwide. Introducing their ‘Designer Stones’ series.

BalOOOn Bowl The unique BalOOOn Bowl is developed in an interesting venture between Danish Fairtrade Designers and Shona Art sculptors in Chitungwiza Arts Centre in Zimbabwe. The artist is inspired by the famous ceramist Salto and has created the specially sculpted bowl in springstone.


Egg Bowl The beautiful and harmonious Egg Bowls are available in four sizes. The bowls outside surface is inspired by the avocado peel. The large bowls are beautiful for salads or side dishes. The small bowls can be used for snacks, small fruits or a simple flower head from the garden, or to store your jewellery overnight on the table. Though just as important for Fairtrade Designers and the sculptors in Chitungwiza Arts Centre in Zimbabwe, the bowls can be left blank and simply act as a small sculpture on the table.


Lights on Tray Carved out of one spring stone, this is a candlestick and a round dish at the same time. It can be used as a very simplistic candle holder or be decorated for the season.

Embrace A talented Shona Art Sculptor, was during a workshop in Zimbabwe with Fairtrade Designers, inspired by the Danish Architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen’s chair when he saw them for the first time in Danish design magazines. The fine bowl which has a spherical bottom, stands up and dances on the table, if you give it a little push.

Put some water in the bowl and leave a flower head to complement the candlestick on the dinner table, or fill it with decorative balls for Christmas. This functional product is the result of a workshop between the stone carvers in Zimbabwe and Danish Fairtrade Designers.

THE POT Stone bowl “THE POT” is a meeting between modern Nordic design and a historic” Haita” pot from the Zimbabwean cuisine.

Worm Worm has a life in timber from Ghana before it came to Zimbabwe. It is one of the results of a workshop between Fairtrade Designers and recognized artists from Chitungwiza Arts Centre. It is a unique organic form of coherent bowls that works great in both wood and stone. Material / type of stone: Green Opal / White Opal / Spring stone /

ZIMStone Vase Along with the stone carvers in Chitungwiza Arts Centre, Fairtrade Designers have chosen to work on the popular series of ZIMStone candlesticks. HOUSE BY THE SEA collection is expanded with a vase. ZIMStone series consists of smaller stones from the production of large stone sculptures, the small stone transformed into the finest unique design products and is represented with their multi-faceted surfaces of small creatures that catch the light and thus seems to constantly change shape. HOUSE BY THE SEA




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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge Site: Botswana, Okavango Delta Management company: &Beyond Architects: Nicholas Plewman Architects in collaboration with Michaelis Boyd Architects Architectural project team members: Nick Plewman, Duran Bezuidenhout, Alex Michaelis, Karolina Szarmach Interior designers: Fox Browne Creative Engineers: De Villiers Sheard Consulting Engineers Contractor: Lodge Builders Botswana Alternative energy solutions: New Southern Energy Landscaping: Gordon W Kershaw Photography: The African armadillo (Pangolin) influenced the curved, scale-covered form of this boutique safari lodge in Botswana – one of the winners at this year’s Architizer A+Awards. Designed by South African firm Nicholas Plewman Architects and UK studio Michaelis Boyd, the Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta – a UNESCO World Heritage Site teaming with wildlife. Because of the land’s protected status, construction in the area presents a number of challenges and any new buildings must meet strict requirements. Each has to be fully built of bio-degradable materials, make no physical impact on the 75


flora and fauna, and 70 per cent of energy has to come from sustainable sources. The resulting 24-bed hotel is constructed almost entirely from wood and weaves through the trees around the site. The curving form of the main building – created by giant laminated pine beams – is covered in Canadian cedar shingles, which look like the scales of a native small mammal. Other parts of the complex have screens and partitions woven from eucalyptus laths over stiff wire, while decks and floors are made from a variety of hard woods. Despite energy restrictions, the client wanted guests to experience the same hot water supply, luxury bathing and food preparation as at the best hotels in the world. “The client expected a boutique hotel that would deliver the very highest standards of luxury to its well-heeled and well-travelled guests,” the architects said. “The sorts of compromises that inform most eco lodges were not acceptable.” To meet these demands, power is sourced from a 100 kilovolt-amps photovoltaic array, which means generators need only run for three to four hours a day. Hot water is delivered instantly to the cabins from a solar array of tubes backed up by heat pumps, continuously circulated through a 2.5-kilometre ring main. “The environmental success of the project is perhaps best judged from the fact that the area’s prolific wildlife including big animals like elephants, hippos, lions and leopards have continued to live on,” said the architects. “They use the site with such disregard for the emerging and completed buildings that you might imagine they simply don’t see it at all.” Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge was one of the winners in the Hotels & Resorts category at the A+Awards 2016. Organised by Architizer, the awards promote and celebrate the year’s best projects and products. Their stated mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. 76




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OOGLE has given us great software over the years, as well as the almighty search engine that brings the world to our fingertips and our eyes. But Google is making new headlines in a new arena - hardware. Some of it is not yet ready for our shores, like its streaming device, Chromecast, but most of it’s new products will work just fine in a connected Zimbabwe. Having introduced a new mobile phone poised to battle the Apple i-Phone in build quality and software amongst other rhings, the device will be able to act seamlessly with other new innovations. First, we look at the all new, Google Home. Google Home is a device powered by the new Google Assistant, also present within the new Google phone, the Pixel.. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help.

automated home systems. So you can say things like, ‘Ok Google, dim the lights in the kitchen’ without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also tell it to stream entertainment to your TV with the Chromecast (not yet locally available).

It’s got superior sound and voice technology. Google Home works over Wi-Fi and its integrated high-excursion speaker delivers crystal-clear highs and rich bass for hi-fi sound. It can also hear you reliably when you say ‘Ok Google’ – even while playing music – thanks to far-field microphones and sophisticated natural language processing. It’s versatile by design. Google Home is crafted to fit naturally in many areas of your home. You can customise the base with different colours and finishes to reflect your personal style.

Google Home plays nice with products and services that you already know and love – and more new integrations are being added all the time. It looks great too, like an interior design accessory. Say to it, ‘Ok Google, play music by Sia’ You can ask Google Home to play tunes from services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora and more. You can also stream music from your phone to 100+ Cast-enabled apps.

Now, meet Google Wi-Fi. A new kind of Wi-Fi system that beams a powerful signal throughout your home. You’ll get fast Wi-Fi in every room, on every device. You can have one or more Google

Get answers when you need them most. Ask, “OK Google, what is 18% of 92?” to finish last-minute homework, or “OK Google, how many teaspoons in a cup?” when you have flour-covered hands in the kitchen. You can manage your everyday tasks with Google Home – get your daily schedule, traffic and flight info. Set an alarm by saying, ‘Ok Google, wake me up tomorrow at 6.30 a.m.’, or tell it to add things to your shopping list, start a timer and more. ‘Ok Google, set the thermostat to 20 degrees’ Google Home seamlessly connects with smart home technologies such as Samsung SmartThings among other 81


Wi-Fi points to cover your home in reliable Wi-Fi. If you have a smaller home you start with a single point. Add on if you need more coverage – the 3-pack set covers even reasonably sized homes. Google Wi-Fi can handle multiple devices, so you can stream in the living room and bedroom while someone games in the basement, without a battle for bandwidth. Google Wi-Fi has Network Assist technology that works behind the scenes to avoid Wi-Fi congestion. It also transitions you to the closest point for the fastest signal, and offers helpful insights to get the most out of your Wi-Fi. Through the Google Wi-Fi app, it’s a breeze to share your password with guests, prioritise devices on your network and more. With the Google Wi-Fi app, you can pause the Internet on your kids’ devices at bedtime or during homework hours. Most of us get Wi-Fi in our homes through a centralized router, but using a single router to spread signal throughout your whole home is like expecting one light bulb to light up every room. Walls and distance make it difficult for a single device to send a strong signal to every corner of your home, resulting in slow Wi-Fi and dead zones. Lastly, the new technology marvel, Virtual Reality (VR), also had Google putting on it’s thinking caps and they came up with what’s currently seen as the best in it’s class. Meet Daydream View. With its apparently comfy design (unlike others we tried locally), you painlessly unlock the world of virtual reality with this immersive VR headset. You can browse from an evergrowing collection of apps and games in its Daydream app – a home for all of your virtual reality experiences. Simply place your Daydream-ready phone, like the Google Pixel and other upcoming phones, into the headset to get started. The app brings featured content front and centre, so you always return to something new and fresh when you put on the headset.

Experience concerts and sports in full 360° panoramic view. Binge out on top shows and videos on YouTube, Hulu, Google Play Movies and more, all of it distraction free, on your own personal big screen. Daydream View’s intuitive, expressive and easy-to-use controller means plenty of games to get immersed in too. Pop your Daydream-ready phone into Daydream View and experience mobile virtual reality wherever you are. Daydream View’s lightweight, durable headset is made from soft, breathable fabric to help you stay comfortable longer – and it fits over most glasses. Plus, with a handwashable face pad, you can keep the headset fresh and clean so that you can share it with your friends. To maximise the effect of the Daydream innovation, the Pixel and Pixel XL Google’s newest phones, (available in two sizes: 5-inches and 5.5 inches) coming with the new Android Nougat, are the perfect companion. They also come with the Assistant and Duo (Google’s video calling app). They also have a special feature, where, if you charge them in 15 minutes, you’ll get seven hours of battery life.

With VR you don’t just see the world, you experience it. Swim with a school of dolphins, take in the full majesty of the Taj Mahal and even explore the world’s most famous paintings in a virtual museum. With Daydream View, you can teleport from virtually anywhere to pretty much everywhere. 82

HOW CLOSE IS ZIMBABWE TO BRDIGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Let’s take a look at some perspectives From the UK... Technology in education: “If students aren’t worried, why are teachers?”- Edward Lawless The 21st Century has clearly been the century for shift in mind sets and creating change.... Zimbabwe has not been left out of this movement and yet one must ask the question, just ‘How Close is Zimbabwe to Bridging the Digital Divide?”... Allow us to introduce you to iBoard Africa, a young Zimbabwean company who began their journey into establishing a base for Africa in Zimbabwe. From where we began to date it has become increasingly clear that as much as we have prided ourselves as being amongst the cream of the most educated African nations, we are years behind being Techno savvy. More importantly, it has become increasingly clear that for Zimbabwe to fully embrace the age of digitalization, it is up to the custodians of Education to make sure that they become fully in tune with technology and innovation. Edward Lawless is an Educational Blogger who urges teachers to embrace digital technology in the classroom however frightening it seems. Indeed our first interaction with teachers in most of the schools that we were able to showcase the iboard has been met by resistance. Resistance based primarily on a kind of “fear of the unknown” and in addition a more traditional approach to the “old” way of teaching..the good old Black board and chalk board, even though White boards have been dumped on us years ago...

BBC Radio 4 has an Educational series, titled “My Teacher is an App, which offers a provocative glimpse into the ways that technology in now being used to meet current educational needs... Lawless shares with us how he attended a debate at The Great Hall of the King’s College London, where a respected panel and an energetic audience discussed the future of online technology and education. While students in the audience did not think it was a big deal, there was some anxiety in the room about what would happen to “authentic teaching” and ultimately, the famous one of what would happen to “the human element” in a virtual classroom...

“I have also seen traditional secondary and university classrooms that disregard these same priorities, with “live” teachers and lecturers capable of automating instruction, objectifying and isolating students, and reducing education to the mere transfer of content.

While these are all valid concerns, they do represent a very dangerous assumption that a “different” learning environment can’t preserve cherished educational priorities. Lawless insists that he has seen online courses that are committed to promoting authentic teaching and learning and worked with “virtual” teachers who regularly offer meaningful engagement bringing the “human element” to their students around the world... On the other hand,

“No matter what the conditions may be – online or face-to-face – the quality of the educational experience depends on the integrity of the curriculum, the teacher and the learning community.”


Edward Lawless is the principal of Pamoja Education, Diploma Programme

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hese apartments are nicely built and modern, they are attached to a quiet lifestyle made for those requiring a beautiful home within a small community. There is a general move towards small community living normally walled, gated and developed for privacy. Modern features and amenities usually come standard too.

residential community or housing estate containing strictly controlled entrances for pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles, and often characterized by a closed perimeter of walls and fences. Gated communities usually consist of small residential streets and include various shared amenities.

Like with cluster homes, targeted buyers are primarily those who do not want to be bothered by external maintenance typically associated with home ownership, sometimes because they only live in the apartments for part of the year. For that client, it is common to prefer a suburban setting, with exterior maintenance and landscaping provided as either levy or within the rentals. It naturally differs. They are almost always in the form of what are known as gated communities.

For smaller communities, this may be only a park or other common areas. For larger communities, it may be possible for residents to stay within the community for most daily activities. Gated communities are a type of common interest

In its modern form, a gated community (or walled community) is a form of


development, but are distinct from intentional communities. Gated communities, usually called guardgated communities, are staffed by private security guards and are often home to high-value properties, and/or are set up as retirement villages.




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Some gated communities are secure enough to resemble fortresses and are intended as such. Cluster/Patio Homes There is not usually a legal definition of a cluster home, and some houses called patio homes may alternatively be marketed as townhouses, garden homes, twin homes, or carriage homes. Most taxing jurisdictions do not have a separate classification for patio homes. The term was first seen in print in the mid-1970s. In a more generic sense it may refer to a home with a prominent patio, such as some traditional Mediterraneanstyle homes. A condominium, frequently shortened to condo, is a type of real estate divided into several units that are each separately owned. Residential condominiums are frequently constructed as apartment buildings, but there had been an increase in the number of “detached condominiums” which look exactly like

single-family homes but in which the yards, building exteriors, and streets are jointly owned and jointly maintained by a community association. The difference between an “apartment” complex and condominium is purely legal. There is no way to differentiate a condominium from an apartment simply by looking at or visiting the building. What defines a condominium is the form of ownership. A building developed as a condominium (and sold in individual units to different owners) could actually be built at another location as an apartment building (the developers would retain ownership and rent individual units to different tenants). As a practical matter, builders tend to build condominiums to higher quality standards than apartment complexes because of the differences between the rental and sale markets. Technically, a condominium is a collection

of individual home units and common areas along with the land upon which they sit. Individual home ownership within a condominium is construed as ownership of only the air space confining the boundaries of the home. The boundaries of that space are specified by a legal document known as a Declaration, filed on record with the local governing authority. Typically, these boundaries will include the wall surrounding a condo, allowing the homeowner to make some interior modifications without impacting the common area. Anything outside this boundary is held in an undivided ownership interest by a corporation established at the time of the condominium’s creation. The corporation holds this property in trust on behalf of the homeowners as a group—it may not have ownership itself. Condominiums have conditions, covenants, and restrictions, and often additional rules that govern how the individual unit owners are to share the space. It is also possible for a condominium to consist of single-family dwellings. There are also “detached condominiums” where homeowners do not maintain the exteriors of the dwellings, yards, etc. and “site condominiums” where the owner has more control and possibly ownership (as in a “whole lot” or “lot line” condominium) over the exterior appearance. These structures are preferred by some planned neighbourhoods and gated communities. In Brazil, the most widespread form of gated community is called “condomínio fechado” (closed housing estate) and is the object of desire of the upper classes. Such a place is a small town with its own infrastructure (reserve power supply, sanitation, and security guards).






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1. At Congress, the Silver Class member will pay 90% of the total Congress fee for a minimum group of five paying attendees. 2. The member will be offered advertising space on CZI website and e-newsletter at a subsidized rate. 3. Opportunity to promote company products or services by displaying brochures or banners on selected spots at all CZI functions at subsidized rates. 4. There will be a 4, 5% discount on advertising in CZI magazine and other CZI publications. Benefits for Bronze Category of membership All the benefits in the Ordinary membership category plus the following: 1. The Head of the company /organization will be issued with a Bronze Class card for VIP protocol services in official meetings and CZI organized events. 2. There will be a 2% discount on advertising in CZI magazine and other CZI publications. Benefits for Ordinary Category of membership 1. The company may send one or more people at subsidized rate to any CZI function (networking briefing, seminar), excluding Congress. 2. The member may be invited to participate in meeting foreign business delegations or missions or business trips organized by CZI, Government or partners to which CZI has been invited. 3. Opportunity to promote company products or services by displaying brochures or banner on selected spots at all CZI functions at subsidized rates. 4. CZI can offer its Economists or other senior staff to these members for any presentation they may require on economic or other matters in their companies or forum organized by the particular company for a subsidized fee. 5. Assist in training members on business skills at subsidized rates. 6. Assist in creating business linkages with large corporate, mostly CZI members. 7. Assist by way of referral to financial institutions linked to SMEs – for funding of businesses. 8. Provision of trade certificates at a fee for exporting members to SADC & COMESA countries thereby allowing exporting at subsidized export tariff rates.



Site: Eastlea, Harare Architecture: Mukamba Muriwa Naggo Main contractor: Heritage Construction Electrical work: Team Work Electrical Partitions: Design Quarter Metalwork: M & S Metal Fabricators Palisade fencing: City Fabricators FMC Finance is a registered Microfinance Institution (MFI) supervised by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. It provides consumer loans and enterprise loans like order finance, invoice discounting, bridging loans and Group Loans to its chosen customers. FMC Finance has been in business since 2010 It’s target market including customers employed by the Government; private companies and quasi government companies. It lends to companies and individuals requiring order finance, invoice discounting and bridging loans. It uses the group lending methodology to support productive lending in agriculture; marketing of agricultural products etc. FMC has 25 delivery channels throughout Zimbabwe and employs a further 200 agencies to distribute its products. FMC operates in Zambia and currently has two branches in Lusaka and Kitwe.


t 22 Fereday Drive, Eastlea in Harare, sits what should become the standard for all commercial properties in Zimbabwe. Finance companies are usually deemed shady and dodgy but this establishment gives you the confidence and trust that you are dealing with true professionals. 92

The build was designed with not only aesthetics in mind, but with purpose and very specifications. The process began with seeking special permission from the City of Harare, it being a commercial property being built in a residential zone. The building has powerful architectural elements that when you view from each angle, you gain renewed appreciation of the work done to making it possible. Mukamba Muriwa Naggo say they took two months to come up with the design, which included a single staff apartment, also requested by the client. Building it took approximately 7 months. An old building that sat on the site was first demolished and the space that was needed to not only accommodate the new building and the staff apartment, but also two spacious parking area (inside the building’s walls and outside), needed some excavation and quite a bit of work to create this landmark. Once you arrive at FMC, the building and its large and bright reflective windows welcome you to the promise of good service. It is a very professional building with its almost symmetrical block design, but those windows and the balconies overhead bring class and elegant form to the function-led structure. The front is practically – yet not exactly – symmetrical in outline. It’s a two story complex overwhelmed by strong direct and rectangular plan feel, and finished with a raised parapet furthermore, a focal gallery over the passageway. There are two different overhangs confronting the front, one on every corner. To one side of the passage is an extensive twofold story window, somewhat ventured once again from the line of the front exterior, behind which is the primary staircase. The underlying impression is of robustness, quality what’s more, toughness. There are no superfluous laces or twists, so it gives the impression of being a genuine, tried and true building – precisely the correct impression for an organization advertising money related administrations. A building carefully fit to suit their necessities and adjusted to the site. FMC considered all personnel and building needs when they communicated their brief. 93






Revelation 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.