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How architects will reshape SA’s urban landscape

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The future of how architects and designers will shape South Africa’s urban landscape will be one of the major topics under discussion at this year’s ArchitectureZA conference.

How can architects and designers shape South Africa’s urban landscape for positive social change and economic development? Remarkable developments and international best practices will be the topic of discussion at ArchitectureZA 2015 (AZA2015) where thought-leaders around the globe will convene on the future of our cities from 24 to 26 September 2015.

“New buildings are going vertical. After decades of sprawl, building structures are being pushed upwards by the new transport corridors, demands for spatial access, and power costs. In Johannesburg alone, the race to height is rapidly reshaping Sandton,” says Hannah le Roux, one of AZA2015’s speakers and director of the Architecture programme in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The AZA2015 conference and festival is an opportunity for everyone to share in the future of South Africa’s cities and be part of the regeneration of major urban life.

AZA2015 will be a bonanza of creative thinkers and visionary leaders with one collective goal – how can architects and designers create meaningful, liveable spaces for generations to come? The architecture and design festival of the year offers master classes, workshops and multitude of public events that will leave the audience breathless.

An exciting addition to this year’s programme is the ‘Parametric Design Master Class’, a collaboration of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), with South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), PPC and Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA), which takes place from 26 to 28 September 2015. The class will be tutored by two fantastic international architects namely Founder of Daffonchio and Associates Architects, Enrico Daffonchio and Co-Founder of SLIK Architekten in Zürich, Steffen Lemmerzahl. Together they will unravel the design and construction of innovative pavilion prototypes. Attendees will also be awarded CPD points.

“Architects and designers play a massive role in shaping cities’ future. These disciplines have the power to address local needs and transform spaces for more equitable living for all,” says Daniel van der Merwe, Architect and Marketing at PPC and President of GIfA.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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