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Timeabu Kindergarten Competition: Design & Construction

12:15 - 17 September, 2019
Timeabu Kindergarten Competition: Design & Construction

Madanfo Project and Radefoundation announce a call for entries for the "Timeabu Kindergarten" Architecture Competition. The competition aims to create a place where the youngest children of Timeabu can take classes.

The competition is open to candidates both students of professionals of architecture, design, engineering, or people involved to design or construction projects, from all around the world.

Rethinking History: New Architecture in Burkina Faso

13:00 - 10 September, 2019
Rethinking History: New Architecture in Burkina Faso, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The history and architecture of Burkina Faso is tied to its landscape. As a landlocked country in western Africa, it occupies an extensive plateau with grassy savannas and sparse forests. More than two-thirds of the people live in rural villages, and as such, the country’s modern architecture is the product of ingenuity born from reimagining traditional building materials and techniques.

© Giovanni Quattrocolo © Iwan Baan © Siméon Duchoud © Ibai Rigby + 6

Mabote House / Nicholas Plewman Architects

21:00 - 19 August, 2019
Mabote House / Nicholas Plewman Architects, © Dook
© Dook

© Dook © Dook © Dook © Dook + 11

Stefano Boeri Proposes Vertical Forests for Cairo

09:40 - 6 August, 2019
Stefano Boeri Proposes Vertical Forests for Cairo, Courtesy of The Big Picture
Courtesy of The Big Picture

Courtesy of The Big Picture Courtesy of The Big Picture Courtesy of The Big Picture + 9

Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled its vision for the first vertical forests in Africa, in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The 3 cubes or the 3 experimental edifices consisting of one hotel and two residential structures, will be part of the new administrative town plan, under construction in the southeast of the city.

Mozambique Preschool: Flor da Manhã

19:15 - 5 August, 2019
Mozambique Preschool: Flor da Manhã

In the current competition, we will help Assa, a Mozambican teacher, build a center for children with disabilities and affected by social exclusion, with the help of the Estamos Juntos Initiative and the NGO Somos del Mundo. The winning proposal will be built.
The school will be located in a plot between the cities of Xai-Xai and Chongoene, approximately 1 km away of the road that connects them.

· CHALLENGE ·

This competition gives you the opportunity to work in the creation of a school in an underdeveloped country. But not only that, in this case the school will be designed for

Dandaji Daily Market / atelier masōmī

03:00 - 2 August, 2019
Dandaji Daily Market / atelier masōmī, © Maurice Ascani
© Maurice Ascani

© Maurice Ascani © Maurice Ascani © Maurice Ascani © Maurice Ascani + 19

Winning Designs for Senegal Peace Pavilion, Judged by Kengo Kuma

06:45 - 11 June, 2019
Winning Designs for Senegal Peace Pavilion, Judged by Kengo Kuma, First Place. Image © Changze Cai
First Place. Image © Changze Cai

The winners of the Kaira Loo Competition have been announced, dedicated to the design of a Peace Pavilion to be built in the city of Sedhiou, southern Senegal. The objective of the competition was to create a symbolic structure serving as a memorial to the victims of African wars, and that would sensitize the local and international community by creating a commemorative and educational space that respects both the environment and local traditions.

Norval Foundation / dhk Architects

14:00 - 1 May, 2019
Norval Foundation / dhk Architects, © Dave Southwood
© Dave Southwood

© Dave Southwood © Dave Southwood © Dave Southwood © Dave Southwood + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
  • Category

  • Interior Designer / Restaurant and Bar

    Reddeco
  • Interior Designer / Store and Gallery

    SpaceLIFT & Black Canvas
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Aerial Futures Explores Droneports in East Africa and the Global South

13:00 - 16 April, 2019
Aerial Futures Explores Droneports in East Africa and the Global South, Droneports. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Ledgard and Norman Foster
Droneports. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Ledgard and Norman Foster

A new video by AERIAL FUTURES explores the potential of droneports in East Africa and the Global South. The Norman Foster Foundation was one of the first groups to propose the creation of a droneport network to deliver medical supplies and other necessities to areas of Africa that are difficult to access due to a lack of roads or other infrastructure. The project aspires to have droneports across small towns in Africa and in other emerging economies by 2030.

Aerial Futures Explores Droneports in East Africa and the Global South AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES + 7

Colors Of the Earth: Ghana's Incredible, Rammed Earth Walls

05:30 - 12 April, 2019
Colors Of the Earth: Ghana's Incredible, Rammed Earth Walls, Courtesy of Hive Earth
Courtesy of Hive Earth

Rammed earth constructions are not a novelty, on the contrary, some sections of the Great Wall of China were made using this technique. Relegated and replaced by modern methods of construction, the mud walls are currently re-emerging as an economic, sustainable solution, with low environmental impact. Even Joelle Eyeson, a young African entrepreneur, is betting that it may be the answer to the housing deficit in her region.

This is a rudimentary construction system in which earth is compressed into wooden boxes. The clay is horizontally placed in layers of 15 cm in height, and compacted with manual or pneumatic tools, to achieve its ideal density creating a resistant and durable structure.

Courtesy of Hive Earth Courtesy of Hive Earth Courtesy of Hive Earth Courtesy of Hive Earth + 22

Barnato Hall Addition Phase 1 / 26’10 south Architects

04:00 - 5 April, 2019
Barnato Hall Addition Phase 1 / 26’10 south Architects, © David Southwood
© David Southwood

© Nic Huisman © Nic Huisman © Nic Huisman © Nic Huisman + 26

Waterkant Townhouse / GSQUARED

15:00 - 29 March, 2019
Waterkant Townhouse / GSQUARED, © Niel Vosloo
© Niel Vosloo

© Niel Vosloo © Niel Vosloo © Niel Vosloo © Niel Vosloo + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad del Cabo, South Africa
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Renato Graca, Francois Du Plessis
  • Interior Design

  • Contractor

    Pinnacle
  • Area

    3939.5 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability

04:00 - 20 February, 2019
Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability, © Airport Design Management
© Airport Design Management

Rwanda’s largest publicly funded project, Bugesera International Airport is on track to be the first certified green building in the region. A few pieces of this net zero emission complex include: a 30,000 square metre passenger terminal, 22 check-in counters, ten gates, and six passenger boarding bridges. Funded by Public Private Partnership, the project is cost estimated at $414 million USD. The international hub was only one of several initiatives discussed by the Africa Green Growth Forum (AGGF) in Kigali at the end of last year.

What Urbanism Needs to Learn from Dubai

07:00 - 11 February, 2019
What Urbanism Needs to Learn from Dubai , Photo by Flickr user Lars Plougmann
Photo by Flickr user Lars Plougmann

In the past three decades, Dubai has grown from a dusty desert town to a strategic hub for international business and tourism. As a result, several cities in the developing world have been competing to outdo one another in the race to replicate this development model—an urbanism largely built around the automobile, luxury villas, gleaming skyscrapers, massive shopping malls, and ambitious “smart” cities, designed and built from scratch. Across Africa, these new developments go by different names: Eko Atlantic City Nigeria, Vision City in Rwanda, Ebene Cyber City in Mauritius; Konza Technology City in Kenya; Safari City in Tanzania; Le Cite du Fleuve in DR Congo, and several others. All are mimicries of Dubai.

SOM Breaks Ground on Alárò City in Nigeria

10:00 - 10 February, 2019
SOM Breaks Ground on Alárò City in Nigeria, Alárò City. Image Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Alárò City. Image Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have broken ground on Alárò City, a new masterplan development that will connect to Lagos in southwest Nigeria. The mixed-use model community will feature an international trade gateway with a new seaport and airport. Designed for the Lagos State Government and Africa’s largest urban developer Rendeavour, the project is made to boost foreign direct investment to create an economic and cultural hub for West Africa.

Alárò City. Image Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Alárò City. Image Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Alárò City. Image Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Alárò City. Image Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill + 8

Kaira Looro Student Competition: Peace Pavilion in Africa

10:45 - 16 January, 2019
Kaira Looro Student Competition: Peace Pavilion in Africa, Kaira Looro Architecture Competition
Kaira Looro Architecture Competition

"Kaira Looro Competition" is an international architecture competition aimed at raising awareness of the international community towards emerging architecture in developing countries. The new edition of the competition has as its theme is to create a pavilion for the promotion of universal peace which inspires contemplation, reflection, and prayer for those who unjustly lost their lives. The competition is organized by the Nonprofit Organization “Balouo Salo” engaged in Africa for humanitarian projects of architecture and support of disadvantaged communities, with the collaboration of the University of Tokyo, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Direction de la Culture de Sedhiou, Conseil Municipal de Sedhiou and others relevant parts.

Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Set to Begin Construction in Morocco

03:30 - 17 October, 2018
Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Set to Begin Construction in Morocco, Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos
Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos

Africa’s tallest skyscraper is set to begin construction in two weeks time. Designed by Spanish architects Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos and Moroccan firm CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun, the 820-ft tall Bank of Africa Tower will take the title of tallest tower from the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. Aiming for LEED Gold and HQE ratings, the tower will begin construction on November 1 and is expected be complete by May 30, 2022.

Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos + 8

Call for Entries: Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho

08:46 - 10 September, 2018
Call for Entries: Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho, rise in the city 2018: Pushing the boundaries of design
rise in the city 2018: Pushing the boundaries of design

rise in the city is a unique international architecture competition for students and recent graduates worldwide. The challenge is to design affordable and sustainable housing solutions for Africa’s growing population. We invite all innovative problem solvers in the built environment to design a low-income housing prototype in an effort to curb Lesotho’s housing problem in an environment challenged by increased urban migration, climate change, and scarcity of resources.