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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

Global construction sector shows positive momentum
Global construction sector shows positive momentum

According to Turner & Townsend's latest annual International Construction Market Survey, the global construction sector entered 2019 with significant momentum...

30 Aug 2019

Ai African Infrastructure Investment Awards shortlist released
Ai African Infrastructure Investment Awards shortlist released

Africa investor (Ai) has announced the shortlisted candidates for the 2019 Ai Infrastructure Investment Awards. The awards will be presented during the African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders' Summit on 3 September in Cape Town...

6 Aug 2019

3 levels of smart city growth
3 levels of smart city growth

Smart cities need the operational technology foundation of smart panels and transformers, the middle layer of connected devices with edge control self-management and the top layer of real-time insights that can optimise services...

By Taru Madangombe 30 Jul 2019

Population growth presents key opportunity to reinvigorate the waste sector
Population growth presents key opportunity to reinvigorate the waste sector

The UN has estimated that the global population will near 11.3 billion by 2060. Populations in Africa are expected to experience just as much exponential growth...

By Kate Stubbs 12 Jul 2019

World's largest single-site solar project begins commercial operations
World's largest single-site solar project begins commercial operations

Abu Dhabi's new solar plant project has recently started its commercial operations as scheduled at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi...

12 Jul 2019

Ubuntu sustainability - a necessity in the design process
Ubuntu sustainability - a necessity in the design process

Sustainable design, sustainable living and our impact on the Earth's fragile resources should be a concern for all humanity...

By Bouwer Serfontein 3 Jul 2019

Knowing what leads to building collapses can help make African cities safer
Knowing what leads to building collapses can help make African cities safer

It's a sadly familiar image in several developing countries' media reports: people frantically searching the rubble of a collapsed building for survivors...

By Festival Godwin Boateng 27 Jun 2019

Latest Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide launched
Latest Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide launched

AECOM, in conjunction with its strategic partner the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) at the University of Stellenbosch, has launched its Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide 2019/20...

25 Jun 2019

Paul Grota
3 trends energising Africa's power sectors

In a 2015 report, McKinsey estimated that if every country in Africa had to build to meet their current electricity demand, the region would require about $490bn of capital for new generating capacity - and a further $345bn for transmission and distribution infrastructure...

By Paul Grota 11 Jun 2019

High-level panel at UN-Habitat Assembly focuses on creating innovative, inclusive cities
High-level panel at UN-Habitat Assembly focuses on creating innovative, inclusive cities

A high-level panel featuring President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Prime Minister Josai Vorege Bainimarama of Fiji, and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed of Yemen recently shared ideas on innovation in cities in front of a packed audience at the first UN-Habitat Assembly...

31 May 2019

Water security research expenditure not reflecting scarcity reality
Water security research expenditure not reflecting scarcity reality

Researchers at the African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa conference and exhibition in Cape Town last week raised concerns over decreased expenditure on water security research...

By Alicestine October 21 May 2019

All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners
All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners

Ethiopia's former state minister in the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy Wondimu Tekle Sigo was among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards...

20 May 2019

Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy
Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy

The demographic dividend, new production revolution, shifting wealth patterns, accelerated urban transition and climate change and the green economy are the megatrends that will influence this continent's future...

By Dhesigen Naidoo 15 May 2019

2018/2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards finalists announced
2018/2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards finalists announced

The finalists in the this year's African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards have been announced...

13 May 2019

Construction activity forecast to grow across Sub-Saharan Africa
Construction activity forecast to grow across Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite a number of significant risk factors that threaten to limit economic growth in the region, Mace's latest Market View for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) reports that construction activity is forecast to grow...

10 May 2019

How cities can approach redesigning informal settlements after disasters
How cities can approach redesigning informal settlements after disasters

Recent devastating flooding in parts of South Africa as well as the second massive cyclone to batter neighbouring Mozambique and Zimbabwe in just two months has raised alarm bells about the effect of climate change on the region...

By Fiona Anciano and Laurence Piper 6 May 2019

Increasing population growth in Africa's megacities a challenge for authorities
Increasing population growth in Africa's megacities a challenge for authorities

Megacities, cities with a population of at least 10 million, are sprouting everywhere in Africa. Cairo in Egypt, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lagos in Nigeria are already megacities...

By Finbarr Toesland 3 May 2019

2019 Dezeen Awards open for entries
2019 Dezeen Awards open for entries

Following a successful launch last year, the second edition of the Dezeen Awards is now open for entries...

2 May 2019

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