BALTIMORE, June 21, 2010 — Zonk’izizwe Town Center, a large mixed use project designed by Baltimore-based planning and architecture firm Development Design Group Inc., (DDG), recently earned top honors at the 2010 Global Retail Leisure International Awards held in London at Natural History Museum in London on June 10, 2010.
The magazine, Retail & Leisure International (RLI), named the Zonk’izizwe project category winner as “Future Project Award.” RLI Publisher Jayne Rafter said: “This is an industry that has always thrown challenges at our feet, but there are also many wonderful opportunities to be had, and I firmly believe that ours is an industry that sets the benchmark in terms of vision, innovation and achievement.”
“It is an honor to have Zonk’izizwe selected,” said Roy Higgs, CEO of DDG. “Zonk’izizwe’s renewable resource management, energy efficient strategies and conservation ethic sets a new standard for the future of eco-friendly development.”
Zonk’izizwe Town Center, a 375-acre/152-hectare urban lifestyle destination in Johannesburg, South Africa, was recently selected by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of 16 real estate projects on six continents that will participate in the Climate Positive Development Program.
Retail & Leisure International is a global magazine dedicated to covering the retail and leisure sectors of commercial real estate.
Development Design Group Inc. is a leading international architecture, planning, graphics and design firm with a history of creating high-profile, high-quality environments around the world. The company’s vast portfolio includes exciting new retail and entertainment concepts; first-class hotel, leisure, and resort facilities; unique office and residential designs; and large mixed-use destinations offering a range of elements and activities. DDG specializes in themed environments, entertainment/retail, regional planning, waterfront development, urban and suburban revitalization, specialty center development, and creative concept generation for land use and project feasibility.