SOUTH AFRICA: US$ 70m to be spent on infrastructure development in Gauteng

The Government of Gauteng in South Africa has set aside US$ 70M to help build and improve upon the infrastructure in the province. This is to boost the township’s economy within the next five years. According to David Makhura, the Premier of the province; this is in a bid to make the township a critical […]

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US$74m set aside for Kampala-Jinja highway, Uganda

The Kampala-Jinja highway has been indicated by The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as part of the beneficiaries of the six projects to be developed in region. The project is estimated to cost US$74m, which is part of the US$8b, the cost of six projects. The six projects were selected by the Programme […]

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KENYA: People’s Participation in Slum Upgrade

In Nairobi, 55% of her population live in approximately 5% of its total area. These form the slums and informal settlements. And as the world’s population is fast becoming predominantly urban, it is estimated that 52% of humanity will be living in urban areas by the year 2020. The inequality of access to land in […]

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The effect of Chinese Urbanism on African Cities

Over the years, Chinese companies have successfully funded and built many new developments in African cities ranging from the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos, Nigeria. According to Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof of Go West Project in a recent report, […]

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High hopes as David Adjaye sets to construct pavilion in South Africa

The founder and director of DESIGNING_SOUTHAFRICA (D_ZA)- a non-profit organisation has conceived a project to boost civic upgrade. The project would be executed by David Adjaye in collaboration with the Johannesburg Development Agency(JDA). ‘The pavilion’ is to be built within the city’s park station, drawing attention to the region’s historical significance and resuscitating an unemployed public space. […]

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Proposal for Casablanca Anfa released

The proposal for Casablanca Anfa residential complex in Morocco has been presented by Herreros Architects from Madrid. The program of this project includes: housing, shops and small sports facilities (swimming pool and gym for residents). The structure of the project is the result of a set of volumetrics adopted by architects. The ground floor and […]

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Green Architecture in Africa

Sustainable architecture in Africa is finding new ways to cut costs, take lessons from traditional building methods, conserve energy, promote reuse and still remain environmentally friendly. The following buildings are all cost effective, easy to consturct and economically viable, which makes them accessible by all and easier to maintain. 1. Sandbag Houses, South Africa: Built […]

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Urbanization in Morroco: Zenata city

Known for her economic performance in recent years, the Kingdom of Morocco has launched a series of structural reforms which include: housing, infrastructure, industry. There is an upgrade in infrastructure to meet international standards and several targets have been set for the years to come. The Kingdom launched a development program that includes: 14 international airports, […]

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Landscape Architecture- More than just Gardening

Landscape Architecture is an extraordinary blend of science and art, proposition and thought. The land is the canvas, the landscape design is the paint or drawing medium used on the canvas to create the composition and the Landscape Architect is the artist. Most people are yet to fully appreciate the practice as an important entity […]

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