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Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

The queer city: how to design more inclusive public space

Most people might not usually think of public space as being gendered, but this is how scholars of the built environment increasingly talk about it...

By Pippa Catterall and Ammar Azzouz 9 Jun 2021

Cities urged to build upwards but ditch skyscraper obsession

Taller buildings are key to enhancing quality of life as the world's urban population grows, but cities should not become obsessed with skyscrapers...

By Umberto Bacchi 3 Jun 2021

RICS publishes new guidance for land measurement in development projects

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published new guidance on the measurement of land for development projects...

31 May 2021

AfDB board approves bank's policy prioritising water security

The African Development Bank's new policy on water prioritises water security and the transformation of water assets to foster sustainable, green and inclusive economic growth...

27 May 2021

Why renewable energy won't end energy poverty in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the African countries that hopes renewable energy technologies will help to address their energy problems...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 30 Apr 2021

Nairobi ranked top city in Africa for innovation - Knight Frank report

The recently released Knight Frank Africa Horizons Report 2021/22, ranked Nairobi as the top city in Africa for innovation, followed by Cape Town in second...

21 Apr 2021

There's a disconnect between research and urban planning in Africa: how to fix it

The African continent is fast on its way to becoming one of the world's largest urban hubs. This has spawned growing interest in African urbanisation by both researchers and policymakers...

By Sylvia Croese and Ntombini Marrengane 20 Apr 2021

Egyptian architects win Al-Nouri Mosque International Architecture Competition in Mosul

The winners have been announced for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Al-Nouri complex in Mosul, Iraq. Launched in November 2020, the competition was a major component of Unesco's ambitious project for the rehabilitation of the ancient city, Revive the Spirit of Mosul.

16 Apr 2021

#BehindtheBrandManager: Sonja Jansen van Rensburg, chief communications officer, Zutari

In October 2019, the owners of Aurecon Africa decided to demerge from the global Aurecon business and set course for a purely African business focus...

By Sindy Peters 14 Apr 2021

Harvard GSD announces 4 finalists for 2021 Wheelwright Prize

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced four shortlisted architects for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize...

13 Apr 2021

People living in African urban settings do a lot of walking: but their cities aren't walkable

Walking remains the main mode of transport in many sub-Saharan African cities, especially among low-income residents in informal settlements. Yet, it is well acknowledged that walking conditions in African cities are unsafe...

By Seth Asare Okyere, Daniel Oviedo, Louis Kusi Frimpong, Mariajose Nieto & Michihiro Kita 29 Mar 2021

John Deere to expand construction brand into 18 new countries in Africa

John Deere is expanding its construction brand into 18 new countries across southern and western Africa...

24 Mar 2021

Ghana's Bui Dam raises concerns - again - about hydro power projects

In the early years of African independence, hydroelectricity offered the promise of modernity and development...

By Roger Gocking 24 Mar 2021

Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futures

Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. That's largely because many of its people and governments are too poor to do what's needed...

By Mike Muller 19 Mar 2021

World's first space hotel set to open in 2027

Called Voyager Station, the project will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation which describes itself as "the world's first large-scale space construction company"...

17 Mar 2021

Many African countries had a surprise manufacturing surge in 2010s - it bodes well for the years ahead

Until the 2000s, Sub-Saharan Africa was de-industrialising: the mood was gloomy as the little manufacturing activity that did exist was disappearing. But the trend has reversed...

By Gaaitzen de Vries, Emmanuel B Mensah, Hagen Kruse and Kunal Sen 2 Mar 2021

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change

Our cities, designed for one set of climatic ranges, are increasingly "out of place" as average temperatures rise. The days above 40°C and nights above 30°C are...

By Cameron Tonkinwise and Abby Mellick Lopes 24 Feb 2021

MIT Architecture announces upcoming online public programme

The MIT Department of Architecture has released the schedule for its 2021 online public programme. The lecture series is a collaboration between...

18 Feb 2021

Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions

One of the big contributors to climate change is right beneath your feet, and transforming it could be a powerful solution for keeping greenhouse gases...

By Lucca Henrion, Duo Zhang, Victor C. Li, Volker Sick 17 Feb 2021



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