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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Tallest tower in Africa to be built in Morroco

Saudi Alturki Holding Group, a construction group owned by the family of Osama bin Laden is planning to construct a 514-meter tower in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. The US$1.5 billion construction project will be sited in the downtown area of Anfa City and is expected to be the tallest building in Africa. According […]

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Sidama huts in Ethiopia

Bamboo once played an important role in the rural economies of East Africa but indiscriminate clearing of natural bamboo forests have resulted in losing natural resources and many of the traditional building skills. The Sidama hut is a traditional split bamboo plaited roundhouse by people of Ethiopia. The dome, with its pointy top, is designed to […]

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How to prevent flat roofs leaks

Ponding, sagging roof joists, blocked drains, splits and cracks as a result of thermal and structural movement are some of the causes of flat roof leakages. The following are some ways in preventing leakages: 1. Planned, Proactive Maintenance A roof denied an occasional inspection is storing up bigger problems for the future. The lack of […]

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina- An architectural splendor

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina also known as Alexandrian Library was first built in 288 BC at Alexandria a major city in northern Egypt, about 181 kilometres away from modern day Cairo. The library had religious significance, as it was originally a temple with a huge collection of religious manuscripts and rare copies of the Qur’an. The […]

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Education in Africa: Designing the learning environment

The learning environment constitutes the structures, tools, and communities that affect both the educator’s ability to inculcate necessary knowledge and skills in the learner required to excel in the 21st Century and the students ability to apply such skills beyond the four-walls of the classroom. The attributes of a physical environment (lighting, size, acoustics, safety, comfort, […]

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Forum Homini: An extraordinary mix of Architecture and Landscape

Exploring two architectural themes: the relationship between architecture and landscape; and the relationship between architecture and iconography, this 14 roomed boutique hotel by Activate Architects (Edward Paes-Brooks & Michael Magner) makes an important contribution to the architecture of the post apartheid period. Most of the building is submerged under concrete roofs covered in natural veld […]

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African Vernacular Architecture

The term vernacular is derived from the Latin vernaculus, meaning “domestic, native, indigenous”. In architecture, vernacular refers to that type of architecture which is indigenous to a specific time or place. It is most often applied to residential buildings. Vernacular architecture is a component of a country’s culture. African vernacular architecture is also called traditional architecture or indigenous architecture. It’s architecture is constructed of materials native to a particular […]

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