Workshop: Porto Academy 2016

07:57 - 12 January, 2016

Porto Academy will happen from the 20th to the 27th of July 2016 at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), one of the most prestigious Faculties in the world which was designed by the Pritzker awarded Álvaro Siza. The summer school includes lectures, workshop studios and bus trips.

Issa Diabaté on His Work Reshaping Urban Africa

14:00 - 22 November, 2015
The Assinie-Mafia Church by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes. Image © François-Xavier Gbré
The Assinie-Mafia Church by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes. Image © François-Xavier Gbré

In a video interview with BBC news, Issa Diabaté of Koffi- Diabaté Architects discusses the need for an improvement in the urban fabric of Africa, and specifically in the city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire, where he has been working for the past 20 years. “It’s not by building one house after the next that we will have an impact on the city…I feel that the architects of tomorrow, especially in African cities, need to become developers, to actually imprint his or her vision on the city,” he says in the video. “There are no better ways of integrating issues of sustainability or issues of density than by doing it yourself.”

Watch the video after the break. 

Outreach Foundation / Local Studio

05:00 - 7 November, 2015
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© David Southwood

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Social Development Project / Indalo + Collectif Saga

02:00 - 26 October, 2015
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Partners

    Alliance Française de Port Elizabeth Werk_ Engineers Without Borders Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Design Team

    Kevin Kimwelle, Anastasia Rohaut, Pierre Guérin, Camille Sablé, Sylvain Guitard, Simon Galland, Jason Dinant, Maguelonne Gorioux, Nolwenn Gervais, Pauline Richard, Cécile Jaouen, Eglantine Bulka, Eva Fojtu, Andrès Sanchez, Adèle Bertrand
  • Area

    138.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Joubert Loots · Photographer Profile, Maguelonne Gorioux

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Denis Hurley Centre / Ruben Reddy Architects

22:00 - 7 July, 2015

How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa

14:00 - 20 June, 2015
Courtesy of Moladi
Courtesy of Moladi

Design Indaba, in collaboration with the C-City Design Museum in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, has selected Hennie Botes’ “Moladi” for their new exhibit: “Design For A Better World | Innovations For People.” The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the significance of design by selecting projects relevant to current issues worldwide. Based out of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Moladi has provided a solution to the problem of affordable housing since 1986.

Learn more about the construction system and its benefits for affordable housing projects after the break. 

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Open Call: TREEHOUSING Seeks Innovative Wood Housing and Urban Building Solutions

16:00 - 5 June, 2015
Courtesy of DBR
Courtesy of DBR

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and DBR | Design Build Research School are now seeking entries for TREEHOUSING, an international wood design competition. Housing for the world’s growing urban population and the threat of deforestation are two of the most significant issues facing humanity today. TREEHOUSING challenges architecture students, professional architects and designers to develop innovative wood housing and urban building solutions through two distinct open competitions: TREEHOUSING DURBAN | Tall Wood Housing and TREEHOUSING GLOBAL | Affordable Wood Housing. Read on to learn more. 

OVD 919 / SAOTA

02:00 - 21 May, 2015
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© Adam Letch

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7 Architects Designing a Diverse Future in Africa

10:30 - 26 February, 2015

As the legacy of the Cold War fades and Western preeminence gradually becomes a thing of the past, population booms in Asia followed by the growth of a vast non-western middle class have seriously challenged the Western perception of the world. The East has become the focal point of the world’s development.

If East Asia is the present focal point of this development, the future indisputably lies in Africa. Long featuring in the Western consciousness only as a land of unending suffering, it is now a place of rapidly falling poverty, increasing investment, and young populations. It seems only fair that Africa’s rich cultures and growing population (predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2025) finally take the stage, but it’s crucially important that Africa’s future development is done right. Subject to colonialism for centuries, development in the past was characterized by systems that were designed for the benefit of the colonists. Even recently, resource and energy heavy concrete buildings, clothes donations that damage native textile industries, and reforestation programs that plant water hungry and overly flammable trees have all been seen, leaving NGOs open to accusations of well-meaning ignorance.

Fortunately, a growth in native practices and a more sensible, sensitive approach from foreign organizations has led to the rise of architectural groups creating buildings which learn from and improve Africa. Combining local solutions with the most appropriate Western ideas, for the first time these new developments break down the perception of monolithic Africa and have begun engaging with individual cultures; using elements of non-local architecture when they improve a development rather than creating a pastiche of an imagined pan-African culture. The visions these groups articulate are by no means the same - sustainable rural development, high end luxury residences and dignified civic constructions all feature - but they have in common their argument for a bright future across Africa. We’ve collected seven pioneers of Africa’s architectural awakening - read on after the break for the full article and infographic.

Pretoria's Freedom Park, designed by MMA Design Studio with GAPP Architects and MRA Architects. Image Courtesy of MMA Design Studio, GAPP Architects and MRA Architects The Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria. Image © NLÉ Architects Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan Red Pepper House in Lamu, Kenya. Image © Alberto Heras +29

Clifton 2A / SAOTA

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
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© Adam Letch

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FIRTH 114802 / Three14 Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
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© Adam Letch

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House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
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Silver Bay / SAOTA

01:00 - 8 December, 2014
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© Adam Letch

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Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Interior View. Image © Studio Origin
Interior View. Image © Studio Origin

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South Korea were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

Gangouroubouro Primary School / LEVS architecten

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
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Courtesy of LEVS architecten

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Cove 3 / SAOTA

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
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Courtesy of SAOTA

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105 Corlett Drive / Paragon Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
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House in the Mountains / Wolff Architects

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
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© James Puttick

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