Annabelle Selldorf designs new primary school for rural Zambia

A New York-based nonprofit organization has commissioned Selldorf Architects to design an elementary school for a remote village in southern Zambia. The Mwabwnido School is being funded by 14+ Foundation, a charity that aims to build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities. Slated to break ground in 2016, the facility will be […]

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In celebration of the African vernacular architecture

American architect Jon (Twingi) Sojkowski is putting together an online database that will uncover and celebrate the beauty and creativity of vernacular architecture across the continent of Africa, and help to disprove the negative perceptions that pervade about vernacular methods. Sojkowski’s interest in African vernacular architecture began when he was living in a mud hut […]

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Making Africa A Continent of Contemporary Design

In a large exhibition, the Vitra Design Museum moves from March 2015, the contemporary African design in a new light. “Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design” shows based on the works of over 120 artists and designers, such as design accompanies the economic and political changes in the continent and promoting. It presents […]

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Buildings in Africa provides Traditional Architecture (Part 2)

An article from Curbed enumerated some of the displays in Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts that showcase contemporary art and architecture in sub-Saharan Africa aside from the one that was published in Realty Today. Here are the other five displays mentioned in the Curbed. Dorbadis Community Spine in Namibia, 2014 The article mentioned that a […]

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Buildings in Africa provides Traditional Architecture

A new exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts in Humlebæk, Denmark showcases contemporary art and architecture in sub-Saharan Africa, as mentioned in an article from Curbed. The article added that the traditional techniques, colonial influences, and current imagination are joined together to create a unique environment. “We wanted to use this show to […]

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Groosman to create extreme cantilevers for arts Centre in Rwanda’s capital

An arts and cultural centre with two huge cantilevered wings has been unveiled by Dutch architectural firm Groosman as the latest in a string of architectural developments in Kigali, Rwanda. The Rotterdam-based studio worked with engineers Geelhoed Group on the design of Kigali Art & Culture Centre, which will be situated on the outskirts of […]

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Domestic Architecture

African architecture is exceptionally diverse from region to region, and has been subject to numerous external influences. The architecture of Africa, like other aspects of the culture of Africa, is exceptionally diverse. Many ethno-linguistic groups throughout the history of Africa have had their own architectural traditions. As with most architectural traditions elsewhere, African architecture has […]

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Influence of Islam on African Architecture

What is Islamic Architecture? Islamic architecture can be referred to as the building traditions of Muslim populations of the Middle East and elsewhere from the 7th century on. Islamic architecture finds its highest expression in religious buildings such as the mosque and madrasah. Early Islamic religious architecture is exemplified by Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock […]

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