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    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

    Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

    As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles...

    By Megan Rowling 14 May 2021

    Post-Covid-19: A chance to leapfrog Africa's development through digitalisation

    Africa recorded remarkable economic growth in the first 15 years of the 21st century, largely because of positive trends in the export of primary commodities...

    By Cristina Duarte 16 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

    Registration for Elon Musk's $100m carbon capture competition opens April

    Founder of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk has launched the XPrize Carbon Removal competition which aims to create...

    17 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

    Kenya's Nzambi Matee recycles plastic to make bricks stronger than concrete

    Nairobi-based startup company Gjenge Makers uses recycled plastic with sand to make lightweight and low-cost bricks that are stronger than concrete...

    16 Feb 2021

    Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests

    Throughout the world, architects are designing green buildings, whether it's in their sustainable construction, environmentally friendly operation or actually green by style...

    By Norman Day 4 Jan 2021

    AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) earlier this month approved a $7m grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for technical assistance in setting up the Africa Mini-Grid Market Acceleration Programme...

    31 Dec 2020

    Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor

    South Asia has made tremendous progress in connecting rural areas to the electricity grid but the number of people in Africa without access has scarcely changed since 2010...

    By Jörg Peters and Maximiliane Sievert 30 Dec 2020

    AfDB approves Desert-to-Power technical support programme

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently approved a Desert-to-Power (D2P) technical support programme that aims to advance the rollout of solar generation in G5 Sahel countries...

    28 Dec 2020

    World Architecture Festival announces winner of Grohe Water Research Prize

    Researchers from the University of Patras in Greece have been named the winners of the Grohe Water Research Prize - part of the World Architecture Festival annual awards programme...

    3 Dec 2020

    How digital engineering can help the construction sector meet its decarbonisation targets

    A new report from Asite, Smart retrofitting: The key to decarbonizing the built environment, examines how the construction industry can mitigate carbon emissions through the smart retrofitting of built assets...

    2 Dec 2020

    Time for Africa to stop managing poverty and start managing development

    Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde is the new special adviser on Africa to the UN secretary-general. A former minister of finance and planning in her country, she intends to bring to her role a renewed strategic narrative...

    13 Nov 2020



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