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Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show why
Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show why

Months into the global Covid-19 pandemic, policymakers have begun discussing what the "new normal" might look like in metropolitan environments...

By Nate Plageman, Jennifer Anne Hart, Tony Yeboah 3 days ago

Construction starts on Foster + Partners-designed Cairo hospital
Construction starts on Foster + Partners-designed Cairo hospital

Construction has begun on the new Foster + Partners-designed Cairo hospital, featuring soft and warm colours and shell-like roofs, located within a lush, verdant landscape...

3 days ago

Cities like Lagos need building designs that don't just copy global styles
Cities like Lagos need building designs that don't just copy global styles

Covered in glass, the former IMB Plaza building in Lagos stood as an example of the influence of international design styles on the Nigerian commercial capital's architecture...

By Dr Anthony Ogbuokiri and Dr Emmanuel Manu 14 Sep 2020

Kenya's BellTower named Grand Prix winner of the 2020 Lexus Design Award
Kenya's BellTower named Grand Prix winner of the 2020 Lexus Design Award

BellTowers winning design addresses challenges often found in developing countries by using smart open-source planning to design 'affordable communities' with sustainable clean water resources...

4 Sep 2020

Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions
Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

August 22 was Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year...

By Brant Walkley 31 Aug 2020

Paragon Architects highlights its Pullman Accra Airport City project in Ghana
Paragon Architects highlights its Pullman Accra Airport City project in Ghana

The 40,000m2 Pullman Accra Airport City Hotel & Serviced Apartments in Ghana is Paragon Architects' largest design project to date and is currently under construction in Accra...

21 Aug 2020

Builders expands to East Africa with first store in Kenya
Builders expands to East Africa with first store in Kenya

Builders marks its entry into East Africa with the opening of its first physical store in Nairobi, Kenya and the launch of a dedicated Kenyan online retail platform.

19 Aug 2020

Registrations open for Young Moroccan Architecture Awards
Registrations open for Young Moroccan Architecture Awards

Recognising the excellence of architectural practices in Morocco, the Archimedia Group has launched the Young Moroccan Architecture Awards (YMAA)...

12 Aug 2020

Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing
Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing

The challenges of informal settlements have once again been thrown into the spotlight in the midst of the current pandemic...

By Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 4 Aug 2020

How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation

Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

By Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

Lesotho Highlands Project to deliver water to SA in 2026
Lesotho Highlands Project to deliver water to SA in 2026

According to human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project's second phase is expected to deliver water to South Africa by 2026...

24 Jul 2020

The Grand Renaissance Dam: what's at stake and what could break the deadlock
The Grand Renaissance Dam: what's at stake and what could break the deadlock

The Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam is inching closer to completion, rekindling the environmental and political controversies that have dogged the project from the start nearly 10 years ago...

By Mahemud Tekuya 23 Jul 2020

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi receives Great Road Builder Award
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi receives Great Road Builder Award

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been named this year's winner of the Babacar Ndiaye Great Road Builder Award...

15 Jul 2020

Technical excellence vital for infrastructure PPPs in Africa
Technical excellence vital for infrastructure PPPs in Africa

Africa needs large-scale infrastructure development to open doors to trade and create opportunities for economic investment...

9 Jul 2020

Big 5 Digital Festival aims to connnect Africa's construction professionals
Big 5 Digital Festival aims to connnect Africa's construction professionals

The inaugural Big 5 Digital Festival Africa, set for 21-22 July, aims to bring together Africa's construction professionals for two days of networking, learning, and business...

7 Jul 2020

Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD) negotiations resume
Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD) negotiations resume

Trilateral negotiations between the parties to the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD) have resumed...

7 Jul 2020

Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

Ramaphosa opens infrastructure symposium, laying path for SA beyond Covid-19
Ramaphosa opens infrastructure symposium, laying path for SA beyond Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also African Union chairperson, presented the opening keynote address at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa...

24 Jun 2020

Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice
Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice

Urban investments across the African continent are at an all-time high. Yet the nature of these investments differs starkly across cities....

By Biruk Terrefe 24 Jun 2020

Algorithms are designing better buildings
Algorithms are designing better buildings

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion...

By Silvio Carta 19 Jun 2020

The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve
The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve

The enormous death toll in New York City, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, led New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, to write...

By Colin McFarlane 8 Jun 2020

How smart water solutions could help solve Africa's water challenges
How smart water solutions could help solve Africa's water challenges

Africa is not readily associated with water but, due to its varying geography, it is both a dry continent as well as a wet continent...

29 May 2020

Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever
Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, our homes have been serving as makeshift workplaces, schools, gyms and pubs...

By Tara Hipwood 27 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Continued support needed from government, corporates, ordinary citizens
#LockdownLessons: Continued support needed from government, corporates, ordinary citizens

Njombo Lekula, MD at PPC, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how his organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 19 May 2020

Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements
Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements

In the wake of the spread of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the real estate and loan markets in Kenya are bound to be affected...

By Loice Erambo 29 Apr 2020

New AIA task force offers insights for adapting buildings into healthcare facilities
New AIA task force offers insights for adapting buildings into healthcare facilities

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has launched a new task force to inform public officials, healthcare facility owners and architects on adapting buildings into temporary healthcare facilities...

3 Apr 2020

Registration open for 'De-Urbanized Epidemics' redesign competition
Registration open for 'De-Urbanized Epidemics' redesign competition

London-based architecture firm De-Urban Design Studio has launched a new ideas competition called 'De-Urbanized Epidemics: Re-Design of the Concept of Health in Relation to the Built Environment'...

25 Mar 2020

How architect Yona Friedman used math to design utopian cities of the future
How architect Yona Friedman used math to design utopian cities of the future

Architecture has lost a great visionary. Budapest-born French architect Yona Friedman died at age 96 on 20 February.

By Theodora Vardouli 6 Mar 2020

Sidewalk Labs releases its mass timber proto-model for high-rise buildings
Sidewalk Labs releases its mass timber proto-model for high-rise buildings

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent Alphabet, has released its new digital study for mass timber buildings that could reach 35 storeys in cities...

27 Feb 2020

David Adjaye, Cai Guo-Qiang to receive 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award
David Adjaye, Cai Guo-Qiang to receive 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award

Architect Sir David Adjaye OBE and artist Cai Guo-Qiang have been selected as recipients of the 2020 Isamu Noguchi Award by The Noguchi Museum...

21 Feb 2020

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