Chinese Urbanism in Africa

China’s influence in Africa is growing quickly on many levels. All across the continent, Chinese companies are creating new highways, light rail systems, Special Economic Zones, and mass housing developments. Cities have received brand new skylines “made in China”: designed by Chinese architecture firms, financed by Chinese banks, and built by Chinese contractors. From foundational […]

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Calabar International Convention Center

The Calabar International Convention Center in the southeastern part of Nigeria is located in the scenic river delta of the Cross River State bordering Cameroun. The multi-functional and flexible building will also offer the citizens of Calabar a new cultural centre that will provide the setting for concerts, film festivals and exhibitions. The Calabar International […]

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African Modernism – Architecture of Independence

During the late 1950s and the early 1960s most countries of Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence. Architecture became one of the principal means with which the young nations expressed their national identity. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. Modern and futuristic architecture […]

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Beautiful buildings, ingenious innovation: Africa’s most exciting architects.

Africa is a land under construction. Last year, over $220 billion was spent on all kinds of building projects in the continent. While foreign architects have clamored to make their mark in the region, a range of local talent has also stepped forward to shape their landscape (and in some cases, export their aesthetic abroad). […]

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The Beauty of Africa’s Traditional Architecture, In One Big Database

In 2014, architect Jon Sojkowski created the first online database of African vernacular architecture, using photos he’d taken during his research trips to Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland, as well as photos from Flickr and photographer submissions. So far, his database includes photos for 48 countries, and he’s asking more people to submit photos. African cities […]

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6 Ancient African Architectural Marvels Built Before Greece or Rome Existed

Here are three examples of ancient African Architectural Marvels which were built before either Greece or Rome existed South African Ruins The recent discovery of an ancient circular monolithic stone structure site in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is thought to be at least 75,000 years old, pre-dating any other structure on earth, according to South African […]

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