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Cool Capital: Inside South Africa's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:00 - 29 June, 2016
Cool Capital: Inside South Africa's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
© Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Issa Diabaté on His Work Reshaping Urban Africa

14:00 - 22 November, 2015
Issa Diabaté on His Work Reshaping Urban Africa, 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.”

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

14:00 - 20 June, 2015
How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa, 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.

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