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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...

2 days ago

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 days ago

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

A third of our waste comes from buildings. This one's designed for reuse and cuts emissions by 88%

Designing buildings so they can easily be taken apart and the materials reused provides a feasible and commercial pathway for minimising waste and greenhouse gas emissions...

By Roberto Minunno, Greg Morrison, Richard L. Gruner, Timothy Michael O'Grady 12 Nov 2020

Sustainable urbanisation the focus this World Cities Day

Coined by the United Nations General Assembly, World Cities Day is celebrated annually on 31 October...

30 Oct 2020

Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman Foster

Delivering an opening keynote to the first United Nations Forum of Mayors earlier this month in Geneva, Switzerland, Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, said the coronavirus pandemic will not change cities in the long term...

26 Oct 2020

Digital democracy is still a long way off in Africa: it takes more than technology

From the mid-2000s onwards, the digital revolution raised hopes of democratic transformation and strengthening in Africa. But it hasn't quite turned out like that...

By Nic Cheeseman and Lisa Garbe 2 Oct 2020

Nairobi's Runda-based SABIS International School sets green building precedent

The new SABIS International School in Runda, Nairobi was awarded a four-star Green Star Africa-Kenya PEB v1 Design Rating earlier this year. Construction on the SABIS International School - Runda campus started in June 2016 and was completed in June 2018...

30 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

23 Sep 2020

Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing

The challenges of informal settlements have once again been thrown into the spotlight in the midst of the current pandemic...

By Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 4 Aug 2020

Kenya's internet balloons could help to bridge the digital divide

Kenya has, in partnership with Google's sister firm Loon, launched a fleet of 35 internet balloons that will provide internet services to remote areas of the country...

By Nixon Muganda 20 Jul 2020

Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice

Urban investments across the African continent are at an all-time high. Yet the nature of these investments differs starkly across cities....

By Biruk Terrefe 24 Jun 2020

Aftermath of Covid-19 requires Africa to be bold in its path to recovery

Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the ECA, says tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic effectively to ensure Africa grows back and builds back better in the aftermath of Covid-19 requires boldness...

19 Jun 2020

3 ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis

The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds...

By Bernhard Reinsberg 12 Jun 2020

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