Archinect - News 2017-09-23T14:05:28-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150025711/international-criminal-court-issues-ruling-in-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes International Criminal Court issues ruling in first case of cultural destruction as war crimes Alexander Walter 2017-08-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T15:08:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ht/htkhf1z6v6d6ufjb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ht/htkhf1z6v6d6ufjb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ht/htkhf1z6v6d6ufjb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ht/htkhf1z6v6d6ufjb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on 17 August, that an Islamic extremist caused &euro;2.7m in damages when he destroyed shrines in Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012. This is the first time that the ICC has made a ruling solely on cultural destruction, setting an important precedent. [...] Islamic extremists used pickaxes and bulldozers to destroy nine mausoleums and the centuries-old door of the Sidi Yahya mosque, built during a golden age of Islam [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>By ruling that "the destruction of the protected buildings has caused the suffering of people throughout Mali and the international community," the International Criminal Court in The Hague acknowledged the demolition of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cultural heritage as a war crime</a> &mdash;&nbsp;potentially treating recent acts of violence against historic sites in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/597602/palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/480381/mosul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosul</a> as such as well.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025675/check-out-this-eye-candy-architecture-from-africa Check out this eye-candy architecture from Africa Julia Ingalls 2017-08-31T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-02T14:31:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/go/gogtb5t38ap0djap.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/go/gogtb5t38ap0djap.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/go/gogtb5t38ap0djap.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/go/gogtb5t38ap0djap.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In this round-up of notable architecture in Africa,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.co.uk/gallery/best-african-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired</a> takes a closer look at projects from Morocco to South Africa, including the Lideta Mercato in Ethiopia by Xavier Vilalta and the Bosjes Chapel by Steyn Studio. As the piece notes, "Contemporary African architecture is extremely varied: it ranges from sustainable rural developments to luxury apartments and offices; from schools and hospitals to swanky safari lodges; and from huge infrastructure projects to makeshift improvisations. In all of these styles is a sensitivity to local traditions combined with on-the-ground ingenuity." It's also quite visually arresting.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqhmhl2h8oaclusa.jpeg?w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqhmhl2h8oaclusa.jpeg?w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lideta Mercato by Xavier Vilalta. Image: Gonzalo Guajardo</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023048/a-new-urbanism-in-the-global-south A new urbanism in the Global South Alexander Walter 2017-08-16T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T15:44:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But what is the repertoire of concepts, ideas and visions that inform the work of urban planners in the Global South &mdash; in Asia, Latin America and Africa? Are they still under the spell of their colonial and postcolonial masters? Or have they developed their own ideas and their own yardsticks, commensurate with the respective culture of their country and region?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"This insight leads to the most important quality of sustainable urban planning in countries of the Global South," urban planning expert Einhard Schmidt-Kallert&nbsp;writes in his commentary piece on Citiscope, arguing that "Planners need to develop urban planning visions that take into consideration the needs of all citizens, of the urban middle class as well as those of the urban poor in informal settlements. Those visions need to translate these needs into a comprehensive concept plan for an entire city, thus overcoming fragmentation and segregation."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018570/shigeru-ban-is-building-shelters-for-a-kenyan-refugee-settlement Shigeru Ban is building shelters for a Kenyan refugee settlement Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T15:13:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Due to the large influx of refugees, sheet walls of many temporary houses have begun to wear out. And there are other major constraints. There&rsquo;s low water supply, deforestation, and extremely hot temperatures, and a rainy season which often results in heavy flooding. Plus Kalobeyei remote location creates many obstacles. There are no commercial flights to the area, and it can take up to 3 days to get there by road for the capital, Nairobi, where some materials may have to be sourced from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20495/kenya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya</a>.&nbsp;Commissioned in response to the settlement&rsquo;s rapid growth, which is expected to outnumber its original capacity of 45,000 within a year, the new housing will need to be a replicable model adaptable to the influx of refugees fleeing violence and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change/45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> in South Sudan and Somalia.</p> <p><em>"The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required,&rdquo;</em> noted Ban<em>, &ldquo;and use materials that are locally available and eco-friendly. It&rsquo;s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.&rdquo;</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150009978/china-leads-world-in-investing-in-africa-especially-in-egyptian-building-projects China leads world in investing in Africa, especially in Egyptian building projects Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:25:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>How will China's $36.1 billion dollar investment shape the future of Africa? While China only has 66 projects over the continent compared to the United States' 91 projects, it has pledged about ten times the total amount of money, and the lion's share of that cash is earmarked for Egypt. As <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/trends/how-china-dwarfs-all-oth7ers-inves7ting-afr7ica/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> notes:</p><p><em>The largest recipient of Chinese money is Egypt, which accounts for 25% of its African FDI. Here, China&rsquo;s involvement is overwhelmingly in the construction and infrastructure sector, and it has plans to spend $15b on 15 electricity, infrastructure and transport projects. This would have been higher still if it had not in February pulled out of a $20bn plan to build a new capital city.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007069/these-nka-foundation-winning-ideas-will-be-built-in-ghana-s-abetenim-arts-village These Nka Foundation-winning ideas will be built in Ghana's Abetenim Arts Village Justine Testado 2017-05-11T19:47:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T19:47:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/njhr22i2yczqu84s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/njhr22i2yczqu84s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/njhr22i2yczqu84s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/njhr22i2yczqu84s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Nka Foundation recently revealed the winners of the 2017 Land Art Competition for Ghana...architects, landscape architects, engineers, and students alike were invited to submit their most inventive ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations in rural Ghana. Entrants had to emphasize creating a unique arts village experience and how their design functions as a place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the prize-winning entries:</p><p><strong>1st place: Earth Archive Project by&nbsp;</strong><strong>Yusuke Suzuki and L&eacute;o All&egrave;gre of Yusuke Suzuki Design Office in Japan</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nj/njhr22i2yczqu84s.jpg"></p><p><strong>2nd place:&nbsp;Nonnegligible Village by the Urban Active Space Research Studio&nbsp;at Dalian Polytechnic University in China</strong><br><strong>Team: Ruixuan Li, Jiazi Zhang, Qiuming Dong, Rui Xu, Ying Zheng, Xiaoming Wang, Ziyi Zhao, Yanying Zhao, Yuxiang Zhang, Na Li, Henan Wang, Pengzhe He</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/45/45midxa5kosojy8v.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd place: Ashanti Domino by&nbsp;</strong><strong>Sara Arfaian, Junko Yamamoto and Jenny Zhan in USA</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8a/8agotpwiu7rmagee.jpg"><br><em>Images courtesy of Nka Foundation Land Art Competition.</em></p><p>Find more of the top-winning entries&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5650/winning-installation-ideas-of-the-nka-foundation-2017-land-art-competition-for-ghana" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149988487/entrepreneurs-seek-solutions-to-solve-lagos-housing-crisis Entrepreneurs seek solutions to solve Lagos' housing crisis Nam Henderson 2017-01-25T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-25T13:25:50-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>From a self-sustaining city to refurbished-shipping containers, private sector real-estate developers are offering both big and small solutions</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Kacungira looks at how entrepreneurs are tackling the housing crisis in Lagos.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/n8/n8cas0j8b6vh6wyk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wo/woyg1xdyxqoewqg2.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982422/steven-holl-architects-designed-library-in-malawi-approved Steven Holl Architects-designed library in Malawi approved Nicholas Korody 2016-12-12T17:01:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T21:54:00-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1s/1s76mbo2pu1pxcdc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1s/1s76mbo2pu1pxcdc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1s/1s76mbo2pu1pxcdc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1s/1s76mbo2pu1pxcdc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Miracle for Africa Foundation has given the go-ahead for a new library designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> in Malawi. The first building for a new campus plan, also designed by Steven Holl Architects, the 66,000 sq. ft. library will be built, in part, with local materials like bamboo and stone, as well as use local labor for the construction.</p><p>One of the most distinctive features of the project, a curved pre-fabricated roof will be made with Ductile concrete. The forms will bounce light towards photovoltaic panels and into the interior of the building. A free plan, the library will include meeting rooms as well as glass-enclosed archives (the enclosure to maintain appropriate humidity levels). The circulation desk will stand next to a rain collecting pool.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftzvk5vt6irpmohb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qm/qmgreo1rx7bdqrnt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/644eh56kaa4iu9y2.jpg">The project is considered significant for Malawi, one of the smallest countries in Africa with a population of 16.7 million. It is one of the least developed countries in the world and one of the poorest.</p><p>&ldquo;This project is historic,...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149981699/riba-announces-2016-president-s-awards-for-research-winners RIBA announces 2016 President's Awards for Research winners Justine Testado 2016-12-06T18:34:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:24:53-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44qyyk4tr5cfaef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44qyyk4tr5cfaef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44qyyk4tr5cfaef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44qyyk4tr5cfaef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects announced today four winners of the 2016 President's Awards for Research, which recognizes top-quality architectural research from academics and practitioners...This year's competition received 75 applications from 14 countries on five continents, making it the most competitive to date...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning research projects this year are:</p><p><strong>History and Theory:&nbsp;</strong>Dr Edward Denison, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK; Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha, Asmara Heritage&nbsp;Project, Eritrea<br><strong>Project:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;Asmara &ndash; Africa&rsquo;s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m2/m2j1xbjnxymn5md1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Cities and Community:&nbsp;</strong>Dr Irit Katz, University of Cambridge, UK<br><strong>Project:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;The Common Camp: Temporary Settlements as a Spatio-political Instrument in Israel-Palestine&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lr/lrfb5mugxrmu184e.jpg"></p><p><strong>Design and Technical:</strong>&nbsp;Dr Michael Ramage and Dr Rob Foster, University of Cambridge, UK;&nbsp;Simon Smith, Smith and Wallwork, UK;&nbsp;Kevin Flanagan and Ron Bakker, PLP Architecture, UK&nbsp;<br><strong>Project:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/no/nosjio87yw66wdf2.jpg"></p><p><strong>Learning from Projects:</strong>&nbsp;David Roberts, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK<br><strong>Project:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;Make Public: Performing Public Housing in Ern&ouml; Goldfinger&rsquo;s Balfron Tower&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ulnzasoun8sxujm0.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5347/winners-of-the-2016-riba-president-s-awards-for-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:26-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/24748/venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k8/k805xcuq9zmj9b06.gif"></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes Alexander Walter 2016-08-22T15:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T00:36:45-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fx/fxmpt8ooniowxgpg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fx/fxmpt8ooniowxgpg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fx/fxmpt8ooniowxgpg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fx/fxmpt8ooniowxgpg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the first case of its kind, the Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has today (22 August), pleaded guilty to war crimes for destroying historic monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu in northern Mali. Al-Mahdi is accused of ordering the razing of nine mausoleums and the 15th-century Sidi Yahia mosque. It is the first time the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has heard a case about the demolition of cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Timbuktu's outstanding value as a world heritage site on <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/119/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO's website</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194308/destruction-of-iraq-s-oldest-christian-monastery-by-isis-militants-went-unreported-for-16-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction of Iraq&rsquo;s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143512405/fear-grows-over-isis-threat-against-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-libya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149964516/as-refugees-flood-into-the-country-germany-experiments-with-new-urban-planning-strategies As refugees flood into the country, Germany experiments with new urban-planning strategies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T00:37:56-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y724v714su7ec0pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y724v714su7ec0pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y724v714su7ec0pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y724v714su7ec0pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Since August of 2015, Germany has become home to more than 1.1 million refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers. This influx has German architects and urban planners asking the question: &ldquo;Do we have a refugee crisis on our hands? Or a housing crisis combined with huge challenges to the ability of cities, job markets, and schools to integrate the newcomers?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[Doug Saunders]&nbsp;cautions that arrival cities are &ldquo;where the new creative and commercial class will be born, or where the next wave of tension and violence will erupt.&rdquo; The difference, he adds &ldquo;depends on how we approach these districts both organizationally and politically, and, crucially, in terms of physical structures and built form.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For more on the mass migrations transforming Europe, Africa and the Middle East, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149946026/photographing-the-jungle-of-calais-refugee-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographing the 'Jungle' of Calais' refugee camp</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950085/fire-breaks-out-at-refugee-camp-in-the-duesseldorf-airport" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fire breaks out at refugee camp in the Duesseldorf airport</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944739/kenya-moves-to-shut-down-dadaab-the-world-s-biggest-refugee-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149949315/unequal-scenes-drone-images-reveal-cape-town-s-architecture-of-apartheid Unequal Scenes: drone images reveal Cape Town's "architecture of apartheid" Alexander Walter 2016-06-03T18:54:00-04:00 >2016-06-06T11:38:17-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In any city, space is a commodity. In South African cities space is historical and emotional. A new photo series by an American living in Cape Town captures the dramatic inequality of South Africa&rsquo;s most beloved city. From an aerial view, Cape Town&rsquo;s scenic beauty gives way to a stark reminder of the country&rsquo;s past and the continued racial segregation. [...] &ldquo;Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge,&rdquo; he writes on his website.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On his website, <a href="http://www.unequalscenes.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unequal Scenes</a>, the creator of the aerial imagery, Johnny Miller, writes:</p><p>"Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground. The beauty of being able to fly is to see things from a new perspective - to see things as they really are. Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge. Some communities have been expressly designed with separation in mind, and some have grown more or less organically."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/57/57ps4ty1eo0lthb1.jpg"></p><p>"During apartheid, segregation of urban spaces was instituted as policy. Roads, rivers, &ldquo;buffer zones&rdquo; of empty land, and other barriers were constructed and modified to keep people separate. 22 years after the end of apartheid, many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist.&nbsp;Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b9/b9tjhwf53z5qvw1z.jpg"></p><p>"My desire with this project is to portray the most Unequal Scenes in ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944245/khartoum-s-urban-planning-secrecy-sparks-protest Khartoum's urban planning secrecy sparks protest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-09T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:31:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8pzjza8iy74nqox.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8pzjza8iy74nqox.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8pzjza8iy74nqox.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8pzjza8iy74nqox.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The [Khartoum Planning Project-05, or KPP-05] state[s] that heritage buildings will be taken over for cultural, recreational and tourism functions. The government ministries that currently occupy such buildings will be moved elsewhere. There&rsquo;s nothing in the plans to demonstrate a clear strategy for preserving these buildings' heritage. [...] There have been no proper consultation processes. This has undoubtedly led to the current flux of protest and anger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a title="Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right</a></li><li><a title="Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145115960/africa-s-urbanization-must-chart-a-unique-course" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course</a></li><li><a title="Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a title="Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149941431/experimenting-with-a-universal-basic-income-in-nairobi Experimenting with a universal basic income in Nairobi Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T14:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:58:07-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the old days of policymaking by aphorism&mdash;give a man a fish, feed him for a day!&mdash;simply handing money to the poor was considered an obviously bad idea. How na&iuml;ve&mdash;you can&rsquo;t just give people money. They&rsquo;ll stop trying! They&rsquo;ll just get drunk! The underlying assumption was that the poor weren&rsquo;t good at making decisions for themselves: Experts had to make the decisions for them. As it turns out, that assumption was wrong.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"[...] GiveDirectly, has decided to try to permanently end extreme poverty across dozens of villages and thousands of people in Kenya by guaranteeing them an ongoing income high enough to meet their basic needs&mdash;a universal basic income, or basic income guarantee."</em></p><p>[Update: according to GiveDirectly, while their pilot project will likely be in East Africa, near their current projects, it will not be in Nairobi.]</p><p>For more on the growing conversation around universal basic incomes, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936359/how-much-a-dollar-costs-thom-mayne-s-hard-road-to-success-and-what-postcapitalism-and-a-world-without-work-could-mean-for-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How Much a Dollar Costs": Thom Mayne's hard road to success and what "Postcapitalism and a World without Work" could mean for architecture, on Archinect Sessions #57</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130500481/utrecht-to-experiment-with-universal-unconditional-basic-income" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...it was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148970317/what-makoko-can-teach-about-organic-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68859546/in-lagos-the-poorest-are-paying-the-price-of-progress" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway Justine Testado 2016-01-11T18:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T20:40:36-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ll/ll321mpno5pfuvky.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ll/ll321mpno5pfuvky.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ll/ll321mpno5pfuvky.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ll/ll321mpno5pfuvky.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Most recently, Archinectors had the chance to win a copy of <em>African Modernism</em>. Published by Park Books, the book is a visual investigation of post-colonial nation building in Ghana, Senegal,&nbsp;C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. The book's editor, architect Manuel Herz, also&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">took a moment with Archinect</a> to share more details about <em>African Modernism</em>.</p><p>The winners are:</p><ul><li>Mark - Portland, OR</li><li>Claude - &nbsp;Gainesville, FL</li><li>Melanie - Dallas, TX</li></ul><p>Congrats to all the winners! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p><p>If you're in Chicago,&nbsp;<em>African Modernism</em>'s accompanying exhibition, "Architecture of Independence", will be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grahamfoundation.org/public_exhibitions/5407-architecture-of-independence-african-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at the Graham Foundation</a>&nbsp;starting January 28.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries Win "African Modernism", a book that investigates nation building in five African countries Justine Testado 2016-01-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T18:45:39-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Several African countries gained hard-fought independence from their colonizers during the 1950s and 1960s, and one way the countries expressed their new national identities was through architecture. The book&nbsp;<em>African Modernism</em>&nbsp;delves into this relationship between architecture and the complexities of nation building, particularly in Ghana, Senegal,&nbsp;C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l09jffvv3uahuv9k.jpg"></p><p>Edited by architect <a href="http://manuelherz.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a>&nbsp;and published to accompany the Vitra Design Museum's <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/african_modernism_to_take_the_spotlight_at_vitra_design_museum_starting_feb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture of Independence" exhibition</a>, the hefty 640-page book features 103 buildings with brief description texts, images, site plans, floor plans, and sections, as well as significant&nbsp;photo contributions from Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster &mdash;&nbsp;who each documented the buildings in their current state.&nbsp;The book also features essays that focus on different aspects and topics regarding post-colonial Africa, which are illustrated with images and documents. If you're in Chicago, the Architecture of Independence exhibition wil...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/145115960/africa-s-urbanization-must-chart-a-unique-course Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-06T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T20:35:36-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>These urban realities include a population that will double in 25 years, a slum prevalence level of&nbsp;61% (higher than any other region in the world), &nbsp;a labour force where 63% are in vulnerable employment, where congestion can equate to 2% of a country&rsquo;s economy and where 400 million more people will need water connections in the next 20 years. [...] people are being pushed out of rural areas that lack basic services and jobs, into cities which are simply not ready for them</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on emerging forms of urbanism in developing Africa:</p><ul><li><a title="Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right</a></li><li><a title="Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a title="Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database</a></li><li><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right Alexander Walter 2015-10-14T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This is important for Africa, where despite high urbanisation rates the development focus has been primarily rural. Consider Ghana. The country&rsquo;s urban population has grown from four million in 1984 to more than 14 million today. Fifty one percent of Ghanaians now live in cities. While urbanisation rates vary across Africa, Ghana reflects an overall global trend towards a predominantly urban future. Ghana demonstrates how cities can be highly productive in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137431134/mass-design-group-to-propose-bauhaus-of-africa-at-u-n-summit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/137431134/mass-design-group-to-propose-bauhaus-of-africa-at-u-n-summit MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T13:32:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kgkynesw9mruhook.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kgkynesw9mruhook.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kgkynesw9mruhook.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kgkynesw9mruhook.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>On September 27th, the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106488/mass-design-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a> will officially present their idea for a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99881734/a-renaissance-for-bauhaus-as-germany-grapples-with-its-past" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus-type</a> school for Sub-Saharan Africa at the United Nations Solutions Summit. The proposed program would be based in Kigali, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52891109/mass-design-group-wins-zumtobel-award-for-butaro-hospital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rwanda</a> and would purposefully "incubate local innovation towards tackling the biggest building boom of the next quarter century" according to a press release issued by MASS.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6o/6o7nfuz811rhdvft.jpg"></p><p>This building boom refers to the estimated addition of one billion Africans over the next two decades, while the project's name refers to the infamous 20th century Bauhaus school, which encouraged not only theory, but actual practice, resulting in a widespread adoption of modernism. This practice element will be crucial in a nation which will require massive amounts of new (and hopefully, artfully designed) infrastructure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gs/gsu8h0bros8jcrn1.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa Alexander Walter 2015-08-17T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T12:46:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b29bb341074be44a0ccb8bb621dce7c1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b29bb341074be44a0ccb8bb621dce7c1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b29bb341074be44a0ccb8bb621dce7c1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b2/b29bb341074be44a0ccb8bb621dce7c1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Across the continent, Chinese companies are building highways, railways, sports stadiums, mass housing complexes, and sometimes entire cities. But China isn&rsquo;t just providing the manpower to fuel quickly urbanizing African cities. It is exporting its own version of urbanization, creating cities and economic zones that look remarkably similar to Chinese ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/contact-submit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/africanarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430634/toshiko-mori-designs-pro-bono-a-new-artists-residency-in-senegal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104423180/architecture-for-humanity-designed-football-for-hope-centers-give-african-youth-a-solid-start" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/131872214/selgascano-design-pavilion-for-africa-in-denmark SelgasCano design pavilion for Africa in Denmark Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-02-11T11:08:46-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x8/x8hf4fecdg99vf38.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x8/x8hf4fecdg99vf38.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x8/x8hf4fecdg99vf38.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x8/x8hf4fecdg99vf38.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Hot young Spanish architects Jos&eacute; Selgas and Luc&iacute;a Cano of SelgasCano have designed a pop-up exhibition pavilion for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibition, Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity. Made of low-cost materials, such as scaffold poles and plastic sheets, which the architects have jazzed up inspired by traditional sub-Saharan settlements, the pavilion is due to travel to Kenya. The show in leafy Humlebaek near Copenhagen closes at the end of September.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s airy, bright and colorful pavilions are a sought-after commodity this summer: less than a month ago, the practice <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled its completed design</a> for the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a> in London.</p><p>To learn more about the&nbsp;<em>Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity</em> exhibition, click <a href="http://en.louisiana.dk/exhibition/africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:10:37-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,&rdquo; says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. &ldquo;But we simply don&rsquo;t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/118430634/toshiko-mori-designs-pro-bono-a-new-artists-residency-in-senegal Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal Justine Testado 2015-01-15T15:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:51:38-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6u/6u7qlsn63gch4gui.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6u/6u7qlsn63gch4gui.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6u/6u7qlsn63gch4gui.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6u/6u7qlsn63gch4gui.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The rural village of Sinthian in southeastern Senegal is home to the THREAD arts center, a new artists' residency and cultural community space set to open this March. The idea for the arts center originated from the long-term efforts of doctor and local Sinthian leader, Magueye Ba, who spearheaded the project with environmental sustainability expert Moussa Sene and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The project has already gained deserved recognition with a selection for the 2014 Venice Biennale and an AIANY award.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z1v0tvfc94hy706o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vz/vz1i1amkoacuzbvt.jpg"></p><p>Designed pro-bono by New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect, the art center's design incorporates local materials and building customs. While local masons and villagers provided their expertise on working with bamboo, brick, and thatch, Mori rendered those materials into a contemporary geometric design that complements its surrounding flat landscape. The structure's most notable feature is its inverted roof that can collect and retain rainwater to provide for 40% of the ...</p> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr24kucr7qbkmeew.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr24kucr7qbkmeew.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr24kucr7qbkmeew.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zr24kucr7qbkmeew.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4ry8g3fy7ea37k1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znurvb4odczoj8c9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znurvb4odczoj8c9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znurvb4odczoj8c9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znurvb4odczoj8c9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>