Forum Homini: An extraordinary mix of Architecture and Landscape

Exploring two architectural themes: the relationship between architecture and landscape; and the relationship between architecture and iconography, this 14 roomed boutique hotel by Activate Architects (Edward Paes-Brooks & Michael Magner) makes an important contribution to the architecture of the post apartheid period. Most of the building is submerged under concrete roofs covered in natural veld […]

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ETHIOPIA: A group of firms design plan for health care facility in Amhara region

The Amhara Regional State, one of the largest region in Ethiopia  is located in the northwestern and north central part of the country with an estimated population of 14 million people. Although Ethiopia has a free universal primary health care policy, most rural dwellers have to walk for many kilometers to access these services. The […]

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Five Star Head Office to be constructed in South Africa

Discovery, an insurance provider is set to construct a green Five Stars Head Office building in Sandto. Boogertman & Partners Architects are responsible for the design, which includes a double-sized façade for thermal control and good natural lighting. It will also incorporate features that will help harvest rainwater. The building will comprise eight floors of offices and […]

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US$74m set aside for Kampala-Jinja highway, Uganda

The Kampala-Jinja highway has been indicated by The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as part of the beneficiaries of the six projects to be developed in region. The project is estimated to cost US$74m, which is part of the US$8b, the cost of six projects. The six projects were selected by the Programme […]

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African Vernacular Architecture

The term vernacular is derived from the Latin vernaculus, meaning “domestic, native, indigenous”. In architecture, vernacular refers to that type of architecture which is indigenous to a specific time or place. It is most often applied to residential buildings. Vernacular architecture is a component of a country’s culture. African vernacular architecture is also called traditional architecture or indigenous architecture. It’s architecture is constructed of materials native to a particular […]

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KENYA: People’s Participation in Slum Upgrade

In Nairobi, 55% of her population live in approximately 5% of its total area. These form the slums and informal settlements. And as the world’s population is fast becoming predominantly urban, it is estimated that 52% of humanity will be living in urban areas by the year 2020. The inequality of access to land in […]

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Epoxy flooring: World’s Most Hygienic Flooring

Known for its very hygienic quality, epoxy floors have decorative and attractive finish that make them usable in many areas of a manufacturing facility. They can also be used in areas like canteens, corridors, reception areas, meeting rooms and shower. Other qualities of epoxy flooring include: Aesthetics: Looks go a long way in enhancing productivity. Epoxy floors […]

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Flat Roof: Benefits and Drawbacks

Flat roofs boast architectural appeal and are a cost-effective option as long as you use them in the appropriate setting. Click 1, 2 for the types of roofs Benefits of Flat Roofs The initial cost of installing a flat roof is low because the surface area of a flat roof is less than the surface area of […]

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PHOTOS: Ancient Egyptian Architecture

Ancient Egypt was characterized by an opulence of structures and architectural monuments, mostly along the Nile River. Construction activities at the time were mainly focused on pyramids, temples and tombs. Since wood was scarcely available in Egypt, bricks and stones were the most predominant building materials used in ancient Egyptian construction. The architecture is based mainly […]

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A new parliament complex to be constructed in Ethiopia

Speakers of the House of Peoples’ Representative (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) in Ethiopia have signed a deal that will herald the construction of a US$101m new parliament complex. According to the speaker of (HPR): Abadula Gemeda, the process of selecting the best design took longer than expected. This was to ensure critical examination […]

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