Harvard GSD announces 4 finalists for 2021 Wheelwright Prize
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...

1 day ago

How women are locked out of Nigeria's construction industry
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 2 days ago

Perkins+Will transforms 1920s Greater Accra Regional Hospital into modern facility
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 walking next to traffic in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
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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 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
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
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
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

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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

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change
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

MIT Architecture announces upcoming online public programme
MIT Architecture announces upcoming online public programme

The MIT Department of Architecture has released the schedule for its 2021 online public programme. The lecture series is a collaboration between...

18 Feb 2021

Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions
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

Nigeria's president approves set up of $2.6bn infrastructure firm
Nigeria's president approves set up of $2.6bn infrastructure firm

Nigeria's president has approved the creation of a new company that will focus on infrastructure development, with a seed capital of $2.63bn...

By Felix Onuah 16 Feb 2021

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

Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade
Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade

The megacity of Lagos has an estimated population of 24 million. And it's constantly growing, putting additional strain on a city that already has serious challenges...

By Chidi Nzeadibe et al. 13 Jan 2021

10 hotly-anticipated buildings set to be completed in 2021
10 hotly-anticipated buildings set to be completed in 2021

World Architetcure Community (WAC) has compiled a list of 10 hotly-anticipated buildings to be completed in 2021...

4 Jan 2021

Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests
Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests

Throughout the world, architects are designing green buildings, whether it's in their sustainable construction, environmentally friendly operation or actually green by style...

By Norman Day 4 Jan 2021

World Architecture Festival announces winner of Grohe Water Research Prize
World Architecture Festival announces winner of Grohe Water Research Prize

Researchers from the University of Patras in Greece have been named the winners of the Grohe Water Research Prize - part of the World Architecture Festival annual awards programme...

3 Dec 2020

How digital engineering can help the construction sector meet its decarbonisation targets
How digital engineering can help the construction sector meet its decarbonisation targets

A new report from Asite, Smart retrofitting: The key to decarbonizing the built environment, examines how the construction industry can mitigate carbon emissions through the smart retrofitting of built assets...

2 Dec 2020

Adjaye Associates reveals design for Edo Museum of West African Art
Adjaye Associates reveals design for Edo Museum of West African Art

Adjaye Associates has revealed the design for the new Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) in Edo State, Southern Nigeria...

18 Nov 2020

A third of our waste comes from buildings. This one's designed for reuse and cuts emissions by 88%
A third of our waste comes from buildings. This one's designed for reuse and cuts emissions by 88%

Designing buildings so they can easily be taken apart and the materials reused provides a feasible and commercial pathway for minimising waste and greenhouse gas emissions...

By Roberto Minunno, Greg Morrison, Richard L. Gruner, Timothy Michael O'Grady 12 Nov 2020

Satellite data provides fresh insights into the amount of water in the Nile basin
Satellite data provides fresh insights into the amount of water in the Nile basin

Flowing through 11 African countries, the Nile River plays an important role in the lives of more than 24% of Africa's population...

By Emad Hasan and Aondover Tarhule 9 Nov 2020

David Adjaye, Aston Martin collaborate on architect's first NY skyscraper
David Adjaye, Aston Martin collaborate on architect's first NY skyscraper

David Adjaye, Aston Martin and Lightstone have collaborated to create five luxury residences for Adjaye's first skyscraper 130 William in New York...

4 Nov 2020

Housing deficit, pandemic, recession, inflation - the way forward for Nigeria's real estate industry
Housing deficit, pandemic, recession, inflation - the way forward for Nigeria's real estate industry

Real estate has become a global asset class and, as a developing nation, the Nigerian real estate market continues to evolve at an impressive pace...

By Noah Ibrahim 2 Nov 2020

Sustainable urbanisation the focus this World Cities Day
Sustainable urbanisation the focus this World Cities Day

Coined by the United Nations General Assembly, World Cities Day is celebrated annually on 31 October...

30 Oct 2020

Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman Foster
Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman Foster

Delivering an opening keynote to the first United Nations Forum of Mayors earlier this month in Geneva, Switzerland, Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, said the coronavirus pandemic will not change cities in the long term...

26 Oct 2020

Sir David Adjaye wins 2021 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture
Sir David Adjaye wins 2021 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye has been awarded the 2021 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. The award is the UK's highest honour for architecture...

2 Oct 2020

Makoko neighbourhood in Lagos, initially founded as a fishing village.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images
Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

By Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

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 16 Sep 2020



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