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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

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

SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

18 Feb 2020

Aurecon Africa demerges from global brand
Aurecon Africa demerges from global brand

Aurecon officially announced the demerge of the African business from the Aurecon Group late last year, and the separation came into effect from 1 January 2020...

11 Feb 2020

Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project
Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project

Togo broke ground on its 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex in Blitta this month...

6 Feb 2020

Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum
Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum

At Saint-Gobain's fourth Africa Forum, CEO Jean-Claude Lasserre noted that investment into Africa is high on the company's agenda...

4 Feb 2020

2020 competition to design emergency operations centre in Africa launched
2020 competition to design emergency operations centre in Africa launched

The Balouo Salo non-profit organisation has launched the 2020 edition of the Kaira Looro Competition which aims to design an emergency operations centre for the resolution of humanitarian emergencies in Africa...

27 Jan 2020

Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum
Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum

More than 50 mayors and governors from cities across the world will attend the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi from 8-13 February...

24 Jan 2020

AfDB signs 5-year agreement to use FIDIC standard contracts
AfDB signs 5-year agreement to use FIDIC standard contracts

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has granted the African Development Bank (AfDB) a non-exclusive licence to refer to seven of its major contracts...

23 Jan 2020

Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date
Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date

We are entering a new world where skyscrapers and other huge buildings are becoming redundant and need significant overhaul or replacement. The process is called unbuilding or, if you're a bit highfalutin, deconstruction...

By Norman Day 21 Jan 2020

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country's population has access to electricity...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 15 Jan 2020

Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim Awards
Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim Awards

Entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction will close on 25 February...

14 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Africa's new wave architecture
#BizTrends2020: Africa's new wave architecture

We are entering a new phase in the history of African architecture. A period defined by African architects who are moved by cultural nuances and societal needs...

By Chris Malan 9 Jan 2020

Upward trend in African mixed-use developments presents challenges, opportunities
Upward trend in African mixed-use developments presents challenges, opportunities

From the Cape's Harbour Arch to Cairo's The Gate, mixed-use projects in Africa are revitalising urban nodes and mirroring the international upward trend of creating multifunctional precincts in urban areas...

By Tim White 25 Nov 2019

Smart cities embrace 4IR
Smart cities embrace 4IR

Smart cities rely on smart grid technology that includes traditional and renewable energy sources in its mix of power supply...

19 Nov 2019

African infrastructure investment exceeded $100bn in 2018
African infrastructure investment exceeded $100bn in 2018

Infrastructure financing in Africa Africa exceeded $100bn for the first time in 2018, but significant financing gaps still remain...

18 Nov 2019

African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) members sign Cape Town Declaration for governments to address housing finance shortage.
5-point plan set for governments to address African housing finance shortage

Following the conclusion of its 35th annual conference earlier this month, the 35 active members of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) together agreed on a Cape Town Declaration on Housing Finance...

15 Nov 2019

Building new cities to meet Africa's rapid urbanisation is a risky bet
Building new cities to meet Africa's rapid urbanisation is a risky bet

By 2050 an estimated 2.5 billion more people will be added to urban areas, with 90% of this growth taking place in Africa and Asia...

By Astrid R.N. Haas 4 Nov 2019

How mega infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are reshaping development
How mega infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are reshaping development

Huge investments in infrastructure are redefining global development, from China's Belt and Road Initiative to infrastructure development plans from the African Development Bank and the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America...

By Seth Schindler and Juan Miguel Kanai 1 Nov 2019

Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplaced
Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplaced

It has been a hot, dry October in much of the interior of South Africa. And the rains have started later than usual...

By Mike Muller 28 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet
#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet

Vacant rooftops across all major cities around the world are a dime a dozen. Their concrete surfaces aren't just a waste of space in a highly urbanised world, but also contribute to the heat island effect that afflicts these built-up areas. So why not farm on them?

By Sindy Peters 23 Oct 2019

Ghana's construction industry is lively but needs regulation
Ghana's construction industry is lively but needs regulation

Over the past two decades, Ghana's construction sector has both contributed to and benefited from a rapidly growing economy...

By Divine Kwaku Ahadzie 17 Oct 2019

Green roofs improve the urban environment - so why don't all buildings have them?
Green roofs improve the urban environment - so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world...

By Michael Hardman and Nick Davies 7 Oct 2019

Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?
Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?

As the population of the world's cities grows, so too does resource and energy use as well as waste generation. We can combat these issues with a circular economy that uses nature as a template...

By Daniel Johnson 19 Sep 2019

Radisson Hotel's new opened Niamey hotel achieves Safehotels executive certification
Radisson Hotel's new opened Niamey hotel achieves Safehotels executive certification

The Safehotels certificate allows Radisson Hotel Group to add external validation to their safety and security programme and to create additional value for the guests, staff and owners...

13 Sep 2019

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