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Motswere building in Gaborone receives Botswana's first Green Star rating

The Motswere building in Botswana has been awarded a five-star Green Star Africa - Office Design v1.1 rating by the Green Building Council South Africa...

26 Jul 2021

Côte d'Ivoire's Noël N'guessan wins 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Noël N'guessan, a chemical engineer from Côte d'Ivoire, has been named the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering's 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation...

9 Jul 2021

Cities urged to build upwards but ditch skyscraper obsession

Taller buildings are key to enhancing quality of life as the world's urban population grows, but cities should not become obsessed with skyscrapers...

By Umberto Bacchi 3 Jun 2021

Water - not an infinite resource in Kenya

Everyone takes water for granted and this begets complacency. Water may seem like a limitless resource, considering that most of the planet is covered in it. But...

By Simon Thomas 27 May 2021

Senegal architects ditch concrete for earth in revival of old techniques

Construction is booming in Dakar, where unfinished apartment blocks tower over most streets, their exposed concrete bricks a dull uniform grey...

By Nellie Peyton and Christophe van der Perre 17 May 2021

Why renewable energy won't end energy poverty in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries that hopes renewable energy technologies will help to address their energy problems...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 30 Apr 2021

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 20 Apr 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

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

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

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

Kenya's Nzambi Matee recycles plastic to make bricks stronger than concrete

Nairobi-based startup company Gjenge Makers uses recycled plastic with sand to make lightweight and low-cost bricks that are stronger than concrete...

16 Feb 2021

Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulation

Collapsed buildings are worryingly common in several large African cities. One study counted 54 building collapse deaths...

By Festival Godwin Boateng 25 Jan 2021

Private sector investment key in bridging Africa's housing gap

The Africa Investment Conference will explore how inclusive, sustainable and resilient investment can serve to help countries across the continent...

18 Jan 2021



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