Top trends shaping the future of Africa’s cities

Africa is fast becoming urbanized as the rapid population growth is contributing to the rise of megacities on the continent. It is believed that Africa will be home to 10 megacities with 156 million residents by 2050 and that Africa’s total population will double and the global share of African urban residents will grow to […]

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Affordable Housing in Africa

Accommodation is rarely affordable in Africa. The majority cannot afford down payment in some parts of the continent, while some also struggle to meet payments and repayments. For instance, according to research, in Angola, a $3.5bn social housing project was done in Luanda, which offers about $84,000 for apartments. This is in a country where […]

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Chicoco Radio: Air Meets Water

In the heart of the old Port Harcourt township, popularly called “town”, an innovative structure is changing the landscape. Chicoco Radio is an expression of creativity, like the animated series “Avatar”, blending air, land and water, with fire provided by passionate volunteers. According to the designers, Netherlands-based architecture firm, NLE, “Chicoco Radio is a floating […]

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3D printing Technology: Transforming Design Development in Africa

Africa’s Architectural industry has witnessed a lot of transformation in recent times, changing from the conventional drawing – paper approach to computer aided design (CAD) system adoption for building design. With recent advancement in the information technology system, architects and building designers can now create photorealistic 3D models for visualization on computer screen to improve […]

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Green Roofs – The sustainable way back to nature

These days, green roofs are being used as an oasis to the dense urban environment. The fast growth of urban settlements and the advancement of technology have widened the gap between human beings and nature. Green roofs are one of the pathways back to nature. A green roof is a roof in which its outer […]

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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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