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What’s going down at Rivertown

Sep 25, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off

“New ideas must use old buildings”

– Jane Jacobs


It’s incredible what can happen when a  few people see the potential in something old and choose to bring it back to life. This is exactly what happened with 8 Morrison Street, Rivertown. Most of you have probably visited the Sunday Morning Trade, held in the warehouse, but this area is much more than just a market. It’s city development.

The 1905 warehouse is located 2 city blocks East from the International Convention Centre and this one forgotten, derelict building has had new life breathed into – effecting the entire heartbeat of Durban.

Apart from the Morning Trade Market, you will also find a bunch of creative art installations from Kim Goodwin , Sean Stretch and Pastelheart and Skullboy. We won’t give too much away  because we encourage you to check it our for yourself!

The hope of Rivertown is that it impacts and influences other businesses in the area and that Durban soon becomes a hub of creativity, lifestyle and culture – much like the Maboneng Precinct in Joburg (which was developed by the same people, Propertuity).

Regeneration projects like this make us proud to be a part of the development and construction world! We would love to hear your thoughts on Rivertown and ideas for further development in Durban or whatever city you live in! Drop us a line here:









Top Tips for Civil Engineers

Sep 18, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off

As you may or may not know, at Cousins Steel International, design, engineering & drawings are all completed in-house. We employ professional engineers and technicians who offer a complete design & construction solution.

For all of those current and aspiring civil engineers out there, we thought we would give you some helpful advice. So we approached one of our top engineers,  Adam Oldfield and asked him what his top engineering tips would be. Here’s what he had to say:


Whilst being a professional requires an extensive knowledge of ones field, it is imperative to seek guidance from other professionals in any areas of uncertainty.

Keep a full record of all correspondence in writing.

Just because a client or architect has shown a specific detail (flat roof) on a drawing, it does not mean you need to follow it. Make justified recommendations – see point 2 where not considered.

Always teach your team as opposed to instructing them.




Reflections on UIA Durban 2014

Sep 4, 2014   //   by admin   //   Blog Post  //  Comments Off


From the 3rd – 7th August, 2014, Durban was privileged to be the host of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Conference. Architects, engineers, designers, technologists, planners, thinkers and writers from all over the world gathered at the Durban ICC and engaged the public with  lively and challenging talks, workshops, events and happenings.

The theme of this year’s conference was ” Architecture Otherwhere”. Quoted from the website, the heart behind this name:

“ The Congress will ponder the OTHERwhere by exploring ANYwhere-but-HERE – it creates a vagueness and uncertainty – stimulating creative engagement with the title and dialectic between concepts of uncertainty and certainty by defining what kind of OTHERwhere – suggesting an alternative way of existing through connectivity, togetherness – in Durban, in South Africa, in Africa, on the planet; personally and collectively.”

We wanted to give an inside scoop on the conference so we interviewed architect Gareth Knox, who was able to attend the renowned event.

Hey Gareth, please give us a brief description of the UIA event:

“The International Union of Architects World Congress is a triennial event held in an established host city, with the 25th edition of the event being hosted by Durban.

For this year’s UIA Congress, there were three days of talks and presentations with each day having a specific focus namely; Resilience, Ecology and Values. Though some of the keynote addresses were hijacked to push some form of political agenda or “observe protocol”, a majority of the talks did indeed address the themes of Resilience, Ecology and Values and brought to the fore architectural and building solutions that respond to issues on a global scale.”

There were some excellent speakers such as Toyo Ito and Mokena Makeka. Who was your favourite speaker/s and why?


“My favorite speaker was an architect by the name of Cameron Sinclair who is the CEO of a company called Architecture for Humanity. They are a volunteer non-profit organization set up to promote architecture and design to seek solutions to global social and humanitarian crisis. Cameron’s address was both highly entertaining (he won a Ted Talks award in 2012, so is a very accomplished public speaker) and the work put on display was of a high quality. 

Another one  of my favorite speakers was a Mexican architect by the name of Gerardo Salinas. His work was a great example of what an architect can accomplish when merging beautiful architecture with basic human needs.”

What sort of impact do you think this conference will have on Durbs?

“I feel it gives the city not just great international exposure to architects and engineer’s from around the world, but it sends a message that we are in fact a developing nation. Not just developing our infrastructure, but developing our city hand in hand with complex social, economic and cultural factors that are unique to most other cities around the world.”
To read more on what went down at the UIA conference, check out their website:

See below for some photos from the event:

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