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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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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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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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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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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