ALGERIA: International Tender launched for a New Mass Transit Electrified Railway

International companies are invited by Metro of Algiers Company (EMA) to bid on a project for the construction of a mass transit electrified railway. A number of requirements must be met, one of it is that interested competitors must have a 10 years experience in implementation of at least one light rail or tram project. […]

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How to put Pebbles on Cement Steps

Things needed: Dust mask, wheelbarrow, white sand, cement, water, garden hoe, trowel or wooden plank, pebbles, soft-britled brush, rubber mallet, bucket, hose with misting. Introduction: 1. Prepare pebble paver mix: Combine four parts white sand with one part cement in the wheelbarrow, and then mix. Add very small amounts of water when necessary to keep the […]

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KENYA: The Palm Breeze

Developed by Quality Street Limited, the Palm Breeze is a high end residential and commercial development in the Nyali area of Mombasa. Their aim is to make it a state-of–the art property that will transform this upscale neighbourhood of Kenya’s second largest city. Residential: The Palm Breeze truly lives up to this concept with its […]

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The Cons of Bamboo Flooring

Every advantage surely has its disadvantage, and bamboo flooring is not an exception. The following are some of the disadvantages of using bamboo: Emission of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds): Bamboo floor planks are manufactured by shredding the stalk of the bamboo grass plant, and then joining the pieces back together using heat, pressure, and a resin based […]

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Denis Sassou Nguesso Polytechnic University in Brazzaville

Beautiful right…. Driven by a strong desire for economic development, the Congolese government decided to build a modern polytechnic university that provides technical training to supplement the existing teaching at the University of Brazzaville program. This project takes into account the fact that the program elements are positioned so that it adapts to the natural […]

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The Pros of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a natural surface covering material that has many of the properties of hardwood flooring. Manufactured from the bamboo plant; it comes in a variety of colours ranging from honey brown to light tan and darkens when exposed to sunlight. It shares many of the positive benefits of a hardwood floor, as well as […]

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Countdown to the World Architecture Congress in Durban

All roads lead to Durban for the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress which comes up between the 3rd-7th of August. This Congress will bring together architects, design and built environment professionals, pioneers in urban planning and thinking, activists, city makers, academics and researchers, students, government officials, decision makers and thought leaders, citizens and communities […]

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Women help to construct homes in Namibia’s Mass Housing Project

Women in Construction is a program initiated by Namibian Homes. It provides training in plastering and bricklaying to 46 women. The mass housing construction scheme offers women the opportunity to learn how to construct houses from ground to roofing level. Some have even advanced to the stage of installing plumbing and electrical wiring. About five […]

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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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Abeokuta City Centre- a new class of modernization

Ogun state government in collaboration with Urbanisma- a Malaysian consulting firm presents the Abeokuta City Centre. Located in the Western part of Nigeria, the state is set to house the 60-storey skyscraper. According to Daniel Adejobi- the Commissioner for Housing in the state, “the City Centre would be a focus of attention that would attract local […]

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