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  • Chinese smartphone brand Tecno Mobile topples Samsung in Africa
    Chinese smartphone brand Tecno Mobil has bested Korean giant Samsung for handset sales in Africa in 2020. Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service announced this week that the Transsion Holdings-owned brand's launch of handset models in the affordable segment and continued market spending has allowed it to make significant inroads on the continent.
  • Nairobi ranked top city in Africa for innovation - Knight Frank report
    The recently released Knight Frank Africa Horizons Report 2021/22, ranked Nairobi as the top city in Africa for innovation, followed by Cape Town in second, Kampala third, with Cairo and Johannesburg at fourth and fifth place respectively.
  • FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single market
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union Commission's Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development (AUC-DARBE) have launched a guide to boosting intra-African agricultural trade under the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

    The AfCFTA began trading on 1 January 2021 and is the largest free trade area in the world in terms of the number of countries covered. It represents a market of 1.2 billion consumers.
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Nairobi ranked top city in Africa for innovation - Knight Frank report

The recently released Knight Frank Africa Horizons Report 2021/22, ranked Nairobi as the top city in Africa for innovation, followed by Cape Town in second...

1 day ago

New Amazon Africa headquarters to be built in Cape Town

US retail giant Amazon will be the anchor tenant of a R4bn River Club development that has gotten the go-ahead from the City of Cape Town...

2 days ago

There's a disconnect between research and urban planning in Africa: how to fix it

The African continent is fast on its way to becoming one of the world's largest urban hubs. This has spawned growing interest in African urbanisation by both researchers and policymakers...

By Sylvia Croese and Ntombini Marrengane 2 days ago

Egyptian architects win Al-Nouri Mosque International Architecture Competition in Mosul

The winners have been announced for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Al-Nouri complex in Mosul, Iraq. Launched in November 2020, the competition was a major component of Unesco's ambitious project for the rehabilitation of the ancient city, Revive the Spirit of Mosul.

16 Apr 2021

Harvard GSD announces 4 finalists for 2021 Wheelwright Prize

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced four shortlisted architects for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize...

13 Apr 2021

How women are locked out of Nigeria's construction industry

In spite of past initiatives in many parts of the world to increase their participation in the construction industry at all levels, women remain a minority...

By Richard Jimoh, Amina Nna Adamu, Luqman Oyekunle Oyewobi and Paul A. Bajere 12 Apr 2021

Perkins+Will transforms 1920s Greater Accra Regional Hospital into modern facility

Designed by international firm Perkins+Will, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is the result of the transformation of a small, simple hospital dating from the 1920s into a modern, expandable facility...

9 Apr 2021

People living in African urban settings do a lot of walking: but their cities aren't walkable

Walking remains the main mode of transport in many sub-Saharan African cities, especially among low-income residents in informal settlements. Yet, it is well acknowledged that walking conditions in African cities are unsafe...

By Seth Asare Okyere, Daniel Oviedo, Louis Kusi Frimpong, Mariajose Nieto & Michihiro Kita 29 Mar 2021

John Deere to expand construction brand into 18 new countries in Africa

John Deere is expanding its construction brand into 18 new countries across southern and western Africa...

24 Mar 2021

Ghana's Bui Dam raises concerns - again - about hydro power projects

In the early years of African independence, hydroelectricity offered the promise of modernity and development...

By Roger Gocking 24 Mar 2021

Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futures

Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. That's largely because many of its people and governments are too poor to do what's needed...

By Mike Muller 19 Mar 2021

World's first space hotel set to open in 2027

Called Voyager Station, the project will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation which describes itself as "the world's first large-scale space construction company"...

17 Mar 2021

DRC to host inaugural Smart City Conference, Open Innovation Challenge

Spearheaded by Congo Bulaya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will host its virtual Smart City Conference from 16 to 18 April this year...

15 Mar 2021

Infrastructure spend: insights from the effect of a bridge across the Zambezi on maize prices

A study of the impact of a major bridge over the Zambezi River in Mozambique provides insights into the magnitude of the economic impact new infrastructure investments can have...

By Sam Jones 9 Mar 2021

Many African countries had a surprise manufacturing surge in 2010s - it bodes well for the years ahead

Until the 2000s, Sub-Saharan Africa was de-industrialising: the mood was gloomy as the little manufacturing activity that did exist was disappearing. But the trend has reversed...

By Gaaitzen de Vries, Emmanuel B Mensah, Hagen Kruse and Kunal Sen 2 Mar 2021

Morphosis completes Casablanca Finance City Tower in Morocco

Morphosis has completed the Casablanca Finance City Tower in the Anfa District in Casablanca, Morocco. The 25-storey project is the studio's first project realised in Africa...

25 Feb 2021

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change

Our cities, designed for one set of climatic ranges, are increasingly "out of place" as average temperatures rise. The days above 40°C and nights above 30°C are...

By Cameron Tonkinwise and Abby Mellick Lopes 24 Feb 2021

MIT Architecture announces upcoming online public programme

The MIT Department of Architecture has released the schedule for its 2021 online public programme. The lecture series is a collaboration between...

18 Feb 2021

Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions

One of the big contributors to climate change is right beneath your feet, and transforming it could be a powerful solution for keeping greenhouse gases...

By Lucca Henrion, Duo Zhang, Victor C. Li, Volker Sick 17 Feb 2021

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