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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Landscape Architecture Is Rising In Africa

African countries are among the fastest growing in the world, in 2010 five African countries were included in the top ten countries with the fastest growing economies. Ten are the forecast to be in the top ten growing economy by 2017. There are RISING opportunities for landscape architects to influence built and natural environment in […]

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FLASHBACK: Incredible futuristic African architecture that solves problems…and gets you thinking (1)

FROM DECEMBER 2014: ARCHITECTURE cropping up in Africa is achieving international acclaim for some of the most innovative and sustainable building designs in the world. In some cases it is a single building that has been designed to minimize impact on the environment or cope with environmental challenges. In other cases the architecture involves a concerted effort among […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: KPMG office building project begins

Work has begun on the KPMG office building project by FWJK developers. With an estimated cost of US $33.19M, the offices are to be located on Christian Barnard street in Cape Town and will form the first row of the Roggebaai Office Precinct. Although the building will be shared with other tenants, KPMG will occupy […]

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