Archinect - News 2014-10-22T10:14:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111742779/twelve-winners-for-the-regional-holcim-awards-2014-africa-middle-east Twelve winners for the regional Holcim Awards 2014, Africa + Middle East Justine Testado 2014-10-20T21:14:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T21:15:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zr24kucr7qbkmeew.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East regional competition were recognized in a recent awards ceremony in Beirut, making it the fourth installment of the 2014 global awards program. The Africa Middle East competition focused on multi-disciplinary design solutions for building social and environmenal resilience...The winning projects will be implemented in nine countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, and Morocco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a selection of the Africa - Middle East winners:</p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS GOLD 2014 - <em>Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub</em>, Ankara, Turkey</strong><br>AUTHOR: Onat &Ouml;ktem and Zeynep &Ouml;ktem, ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0pq7yrdxwokk87j.jpg"></p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS SILVER 2014 - <em>Evergreen City: Urban pine forest rehabilitation</em>, Beirut, Lebanon</strong><br>MAIN AUTHOR: Ra&euml;d Abillama, Ra&euml;d Abillama Architects, Metn, Lebanon<br>FURTHER AUTHORS: Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, Associaton for Forests Development &amp; Conservation, Jdeideh, Lebanon; Youssef Abillama, Maintenance Management Group, Antelias, Lebanon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbi6ju88qjyc0x7z.jpg"></p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS BRONZE 2014 - </strong><em><strong>Incremental Construction: Low-cost modular housing scheme</strong></em><strong>, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia</strong><br>MAIN AUTHORr: Dirk Donath, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany<br>FURTHER AUTHOR: Brook Haileselassie, Asgedom Berhe, Helawie Sewnet and Sarah Yusuf, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building, Construction &amp; City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Peter Dissel, Afro-European Engineers, Addis Ab...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111725875/studios-kabako-from-congo-wins-2014-curry-stone-design-prize Studios Kabako from Congo wins 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize Justine Testado 2014-10-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T15:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congolese performance and theater group Studios Kabako from Kisangani was announced as the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize winner this past weekend at an awards ceremony in Brussels...Studios Kabako was established in 2001 to address the various emotions linked to the aftermath of civil war. Located in a city that is isolated geographically and culturally, the studio has provided its community a safe creative haven of dance, theater, and music through its urban interventions and cultural programs.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcrgzppcummsk5n2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2hfibdcz9xgseac.jpg"></p><p>Studios Kabako will start a U.S. tour including in New York from October 21 to November 1, 2014, with two performances at the BRIC theater in Brooklyn.</p><p>The studio will receive a $100,000 grant prize, and were also featured in a short documentary by the Curry Stone Foundation, which you can watch entirely below.</p><p>Read more about the studio on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/studios_kabako_from_congo_wins_2014_curry_stone_design_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106557284/rockefeller-foundation-and-usaid-announce-global-resilience-design-challenge Rockefeller Foundation and USAID Announce Global Resilience Design Challenge Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:14:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/znurvb4odczoj8c9.jpg" width="480" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first feature of the Resilience Partnership will be the launch of a multi-phase resilience design challenge, focused on bringing people and organizations from a diverse set of industries together to collaborate on bold and innovative solutions to the toughest resilience challenges facing the three focus regions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106481015/the-city-that-made-solar-power-illegal The City That Made Solar Power Illegal Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rainy season coincides with summer in Dakar, which means it&rsquo;s the power-cut days. The heat goes up, A/Cs kick into gear and the power utility, Senelec, cannot cope. [...] Enter solar. This potential renewable savior is a latecomer to Dakar because until recently solar power was banned in cities, as it was considered what the French pointedly call &ldquo;comp&eacute;tition d&eacute;loyale&rdquo; &ndash; unfair competition. But under pressure from Dakar&rsquo;s own citizens, the ban was lifted under the last government [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:46:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/ln1b19eltlt25u5f.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only take a virtual bird&rsquo;s-eye tour on Google Earth to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors, developers and designers. Not far from the Angolan capital of Luanda lies arguably one of the most impressive examples: Kilamba New City. A massive housing development designed to accommodate 500,000 people [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104423180/architecture-for-humanity-designed-football-for-hope-centers-give-african-youth-a-solid-start Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:52:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5xz0nq18gy0v2oy5.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just coming to a spectacular finale in Brazil, it's a perfect moment for <a href="http://architectureforhumanity.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to announce the completion of 20 centers for 2010, a <a href="http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/football_for_hope" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Football For Hope</a> program and partnership legacy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.</p><p>Launched in 2007 by <a href="http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/socialresponsibility/footballforhope/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIFA</a> and <a href="http://www.streetfootballworld.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">streetfootballworld</a> as a social legacy initiative, the program was tasked to build 20 community centers across 15 African countries for the benefit of local organizations. The centers address education and public health issues, using soccer as a tool for social development.</p><p>Find more information about the Football for Hope Centers below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efs3hhopvzlc6gea.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Young children running on the pitch of the Khayelitsha Football for Hope Center, the first completed Football for Hope Center. Location: Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: A. Grips</em></p><p>"Football for Hope (FFH) was created to enhance dialogue and collaboration between locally active organizations advancing social development and football associations, committed...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104169790/david-adjaye-announced-as-architect-for-urban-pavilion-in-johannesburg David Adjaye announced as architect for urban pavilion in Johannesburg Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:48:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avcn0700kdvysy8a.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DESIGNING_SOUTHAFRICA (D_ZA) in collaboration with the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and the Mayor of Johannesburg are proud to announce the construction of an urban pavilion designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye OBE. To be constructed in a public space within the Park Station Precinct in Johannesburg&rsquo;s inner city, the project will highlight this historical junction in the city, while activating underutilised public space using innovative design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adjaye's design will be unveiled at a public event on September 23, 2014.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T19:19:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xo53qs2fdr8s93d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The documentary <em><a href="http://www.submarine.nl/#!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</a></em><a href="http://www.submarine.nl/#!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>,</em></a>&nbsp;arose from Rem Koolhaas' 2001 visit to Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, hoping to document a phase in one of Africa's fastest growing cities. The doc's unique direction allows viewers to switch between two video and three audio channels in realtime, mixing and matching different perspectives on the city. At once documenting Lagos from the personal perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo ("Close"), and an aerial urban view ("Wide"), the interactive piece samples from Busayo's daily journey, interviews with Lagos' citizens, and comments by Koolhaas.</p><p>After visiting in 2001, Koolhaas continued to research Lagos throughout the early 'aughts with the Project on the City at Harvard's GSD, leading to the interactive documentary's release on DVD in 2004. The film is now <a href="http://lagos.submarinechannel.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available to experience online</a>, where viewers can take full advantage of the multi-modal storytelling, and flip through ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'? Alexander Walter 2014-04-30T14:16:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T13:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f9f5283ab74593b4920883534ae0d0e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South African city is World Design Capital 2014, yet residents of Khayelitsha township live in cramped, unhygienic conditions. The need for long-promised urban reform is urgent. [...] &ldquo;Cape Town is a paradise for the minority, but I could hope for a city where everyone has access to the same opportunities that I have,&rdquo; says Wolff. &ldquo;Mandela may have postponed revolution &ndash; but for how much longer is the question.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91825645/eko-atlantic-privatized-vs-collective-ecological-survival Eko Atlantic - privatized vs. collective, ecological survival Nam Henderson 2014-01-22T10:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T13:37:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awodqa4nacs3fexf.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster capitalists behind Eko Atlantic have seized on climate change to push through pro-corporate plans to build a city of their dreams, an architectural insult to the daily circumstances of ordinary Nigerians.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Martin Lukacs argues that <a href="http://www.ekoatlantic.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eko Atlantic</a>, a new privatized city to be built near Lagos, Nigeria, is the perfect illustration of how the super-rich will exploit the crisis of climate change to increase inequality and seal themselves off from its impacts.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82594067/remembering-architect-ross-langdon-partner-and-unborn-child-victims-of-nairobi-terrorist-attack Remembering Architect Ross Langdon, partner and unborn child - victims of Nairobi terrorist attack Archinect 2013-09-24T12:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-24T13:06:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkjwl9kh3gnasnnb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is with great sadness that we report that Australian/British architect and public interest designer Ross Langdon, 32, was among those killed in the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in recent days. He was killed alongside his partner, Elif Yavuz, who worked for the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation in Kenya, and was just two weeks from her due date to give birth to their first child.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68859546/in-lagos-the-poorest-are-paying-the-price-of-progress In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress Nam Henderson 2013-03-05T14:00:00-05:00 >2013-03-05T18:16:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahujpgp56u0k886x.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Lagos state commissioner for housing, Adedeji Olatubosun Jeje, provided a different version of events. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a regeneration of a slum,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We gave enough notification. The government intends to develop 1,008 housing units. What we removed was just shanties.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Adam Nossiter covers recent slum clearance efforts&nbsp;led by the&nbsp;&nbsp;governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola. As Lagos aims to become a premier business center, the city&rsquo;s poor and homeless are becoming the government&rsquo;s enemy. Last week,&nbsp;parts of Badia East (with perhaps 10,000 residents) were demolished while last summer the floating neighborhood of Makoko (which was home to perhaps 30,000). In total activists estimate upwards of a million people have been forcibly ejected from their homes over the last 15 years.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68469957/beyond-entropy-angola-documentary "Beyond Entropy Angola" Documentary Archinect 2013-02-27T18:40:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T18:41:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49u38jlu3e43lryy.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Documentary of the making of the first Angolan National Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Shot over the Summer of 2012, it goes to show how one simple (and brilliant) idea may very well change the future sustainability of developing countries. And maybe the rest of the world as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60932053/assembly-hall-for-the-2014-summit-of-the-african-union-by-workac Assembly Hall for the 2014 Summit of the African Union by WORKac Alexander Walter 2012-11-07T21:01:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:08:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpj2ysrp9ni9zk4l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposal "L'Assembl&eacute;e Radieuse" by NYC's WORK Architecture Company has recently been named winner in the international competition to design a new Assembly Hall in Libreville, Gabon for the 2014 Summit of the African Union.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/23884204/regional-holcim-awards-2011-for-africa-middle-east Regional Holcim Awards 2011 for Africa Middle East Alexander Walter 2011-10-14T14:34:04-04:00 >2011-10-14T14:38:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rc7hqojuov6uyoxu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last few days, we've published the winners of the Regional Holcim Awards 2011 for Latin America, as well as Europe. Here are now also the winning projects of the competition for sustainable construction projects and visions from Africa Middle East which had been announced recently at a ceremony in Casablanca, Morocco.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/14761283/kenya-loses-sh1-4-billion-15-5m-on-collapsed-buildings Kenya loses Sh1.4 billion ($15.5m) on collapsed buildings Archinect 2011-07-26T19:12:43-04:00 >2011-07-26T19:14:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a30b3545299777ab442ca7eb23efe47a.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chairman Gideon Mulyungi said 24 buildings have collapsed in the country since 1996. &ldquo;Forty-one lives have been lost and 47 people injured over the same period,&rdquo; Mr Mulyungi said in an interview.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10021166/ut-architecture-students-design-school-in-africa UT architecture students design school in Africa Alexander Walter 2011-06-15T15:08:48-04:00 >2011-06-15T15:14:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gv/gvizap51tf092y7w.jpg" width="200" height="86" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a collaborative effort, the University&rsquo;s School of Architecture and the nonprofit organization Africa&rsquo;s Promise Village are working together to build a school for the Maasai people in the Serengeti plains of Tanzania. After a trip to East Africa in September, Donna Gunn, executive director of the nonprofit, said she was moved by the plight of the many children who live in poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>