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    Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

    In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

    By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

    The queer city: how to design more inclusive public space

    Most people might not usually think of public space as being gendered, but this is how scholars of the built environment increasingly talk about it...

    By Pippa Catterall and Ammar Azzouz 9 Jun 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

    RICS publishes new guidance for land measurement in development projects

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published new guidance on the measurement of land for development projects...

    31 May 2021

    AfDB board approves bank's policy prioritising water security

    The African Development Bank's new policy on water prioritises water security and the transformation of water assets to foster sustainable, green and inclusive economic growth...

    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

    Rising cement costs hamper Nigeria's building developers

    Nigerian property developer Olawale Ayilara is building housing estates in the affluent Lekki district of mega city Lagos, the country's commercial engine...

    By Angela Ukomadu and Seun Sanni 12 May 2021

    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...

    21 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

    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

    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



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