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haabttithe art of livingArchitecture: Pretoria Open-Plan Modern Farmhouse l Spectacular California RanchDesign: Major Renovation in Mexico City l Super-slick Sandhurst Penthouse Focus: Architecture 2020 – the Case for Contemporary Sustainability #275 January / February 2020 R55.00 | other countries R46.04 excl. tax 86Donovan Gottsmann of Gottsmann Architects is categorical: ‘Architects have the power to intervene and direct all developments and construction down a sustainable path; a possibility many don’t yet quite grasp. According to the UN Global Status Report, buildings, together with their construction, account for 36 percent of global energy use and produce about 39 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions during their lifespan. Through applied design, architects have the power to change such an extent and impact on the environment.‘Low-energy consumption buildings involve considerations present from the genesis of design, mitigating a large portion of the cost and nece...