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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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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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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Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Designs Low-Income Housing Prototypes in Mozambique

The Department of Human Settlements at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture, Design, and Conservation has developed a new low-income housing prototype for Maputo, Mozambique in southeast Africa as part of the Casas Melhoradas research project. The prototype reinterprets the area’s traditional “Casa de Madeira e Zinco,” which is made of […]

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US firm announces plans to open “the Bauhaus of Africa”

MASS Design Group, a nonprofit US firm, plans to start an architecture and design training centre in Kigali, Rwanda, to help address the “dearth of professional designers” across Africa. MASS, which has offices in Boston and Kigali, will announce its plans for the new African Design Center at the United Nations Solutions Summit on 27 […]

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David Adjaye unveils designs for children’s cancer treatment centre in Rwanda

British architect David Adjaye has revealed plans for a 100-bed paediatric cancer centre in Rwanda, East Africa. The architect, who was born in Tanzania, is designing the Gahanga International Children’s Cancer Hospital for a four-hectare site in Gahanga, a region to the south of Rwandan capital Kigali. sign Group, a nonprofit US firm, plans to […]

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MASS Design Group to Propose “Bauhaus of Africa” at UN Summit

In designing and building multiple successful public buildings in central Africa and around the world, MASS Design Group has employed and guided thousands of local craftsmen, curating the building process to inspire dignity. Now, they wish to help the African people obtain the skills necessary to guide the process themselves. At the United Nations Solutions Summit this Sunday Christian Benimana, a […]

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