September 2010

Nigeria: Fire Claims Multi-Million Naira Property in Delta

Nigeria: Fire Claims Multi-Million Naira Property in Delta - Properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed by fire outbreak in Kwale, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta state. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Local Cement Production Receives Boost

Nigeria: Local Cement Production Receives Boost - Lafarge Wapco Cement Company, one of Nigeria's leading cement manufacturers, is currently building an ultra modern plant at Ewekoro, Ogun State, as part of its expansion initiative to boost both its production capacity and the country's output. [AA Construction]

Angola: Rehabilitation of Stadium Re-Launches Sports in Sumbe

Angola: Rehabilitation of Stadium Re-Launches Sports in Sumbe - The governor of Kwanza Sul province, Serafim do Prado, said Saturday, that rehabilitation of Hoyi ya Henda Municipal Stadium will help re-launching sports in the region. [AA Construction]

Kenya: VP Announces Varsity Plan for Mwingi

Kenya: VP Announces Varsity Plan for Mwingi - Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has announced that plans are underway to construct a University in Mwingi. [AA Construction]

Zambia: K970 Million Court Complex Construction Begins in Zambezi

Zambia: K970 Million Court Complex Construction Begins in Zambezi - THE Government has started the construction of the K970 million court complexes at the Zambezi Boma and Nyabinga situated on the West Bank of the district. [AA Construction]

Tanzania: Dar Court Set to Have Facelift

Tanzania: Dar Court Set to Have Facelift - Over Sh 500 million will be used to renovate the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam, which will be temporary shifted from its place to pave the way to the reconstruction. The work that will take seven months will include reconstruction of the whole building by increasing rooms for magistrates, rehabilitation of water as well as computer systems. [AA Construction]

Call for Participation - 2nd International Architectural Model Festival

Call for Participation - 2nd International Architectural Model Festival - The Hungarian Center for Contemporary Architecture (KÉK) invites architects, designers and institutions to participate in the 2nd International Architectural Model Festival with physical models of museums and exhibition venues. We welcome all built projects, visions, competition entries, research an ...12.09.2010 [WAC Latest News]

BRACKET (goes soft) - Call for Submissions

BRACKET (goes soft) - Call for Submissions - Bracket 2 invites the submission of critical articles and unpublished design projects that investigate physical and virtual soft systems, as they pertain to infrastructure, ecologies, landscapes, environments, and networks. In an era of declared crises—economic, ecological and clima ...12.09.2010 [WAC Latest News]

300 Houses Handed Over to the IDPs

300 Houses Handed Over to the IDPs - 300 Houses Handed Over to the IDPs - The Dutch Red Cross Society has handed over 300 houses it had built to the victims of post-election violence in Uasin Gishu. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]

Ministry Lures Investors Into Generation of Wind Power

Ministry Lures Investors Into Generation of Wind Power - Ministry Lures Investors Into Generation of Wind Power - The government is boosting efforts to tap wind energy, the latest attempt towards reducing over-reliance on hydro-power and costly diesel-powered generators. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]

Official rejoices at construction work pace

Official rejoices at construction work pace - Official rejoices at construction work pace - Kwanza Norte, Ndalatando- The National Director for Youth, Carlos José, on Friday rejoiced at the pace of the construction works of 100 residences for youth, in Kwanza-Norte, under the Angola Youth programme. 
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[AA Angola]

Affordable Homes in Tribal Communities

Affordable Homes in Tribal Communities - An alliance of green designers, architects, affordable housing specialists and sustainability advocates is teaming up with Native American communities in the southwest to develop green housing best practices for homes on tribal lands.
An initiative of Enterprise, the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative is a multi-year effort aimed at creating culturally appropriate green building standards that will support tribal leaders with self determination goals related to natural resource management, energy conservation and healthy homes.
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[Architecture for Humanity]

You can help complete SIDAREC's Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya

You can help complete SIDAREC's Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya -

Visit the Crowdrise page for SIDAREC's Mukuru Youth Resource Center to learn more about this appeal for construction funds to complete the center for the 2007 Open Architecture Challenge Winner SIDAREC.

[Architecture for Humanity]

The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre by Lewis Levin

Holocaust & Genocide Centre Set To Become A Joburg Landmark


Johannesburg is the latest South African city to develop a Holocaust and Genocide Centre. It was conceptualised as a place of remembrance, learning and contemplation of the history of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. 

Gambia: Heavy Down Pour of Rain Destroys Household Properties at Bundung Borehole

Gambia: Heavy Down Pour of Rain Destroys Household Properties at Bundung Borehole - Another heavy down pours of rain destroys household properties at Bundung Borehole close to the Bridge on Sunday 5/9/10. The rain which lasted for almost five hours since 7Am up to 12 mid nights has caused serious destruction to properties and pain and frustration among the people of the said area. [AA Urbanisation]

Gambia: Incessant Down Pour Causes Havoc Heavy Down Pour Destroys Homes in the Kombos

Gambia: Incessant Down Pour Causes Havoc Heavy Down Pour Destroys Homes in the Kombos - There was a heavy down pour in the Kombos on Monday 6th September 2010 Kombos, resulting to flood. According to reports the flood has affected many areas. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Wunba - Abuja Community in Endless Darkness

Nigeria: Wunba - Abuja Community in Endless Darkness - Located in the center of Abuja metropolis, this 35-year-old community has never experienced electricity supply, even as the residents say they are finally in sight of a solution to the predicament. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Rains, Winds Destroy Residences in Huambo Province Village

Angola: Rains, Winds Destroy Residences in Huambo Province Village - Rains accompanied by winds destroyed partially five residences, in Tchiaka commune, about 154 kilometres off Huambo City, but no victim has been recorded, ANGOP has learnt. [AA Urbanisation]

Zimbabwe: Astra Unveils Hydraform-Built House

Zimbabwe: Astra Unveils Hydraform-Built House - Bulawayo-Based Astra Building Centre, the appointed distributor of Hydraform products in Zimbabwe, has unveiled a Hydraform technology-built house in the country's second city. [AA Construction]

Rwanda: Railway Line to Cost Over U.S. $3 Billion

Rwanda: Railway Line to Cost Over U.S. $3 Billion - Works on the anticipated Isaka Kigali railway line will cost between $ 3 and 4 billion, the Minister of Infrastructure has said. [AA Construction]

Namibia: Brick Making Boom Hits the North

Namibia: Brick Making Boom Hits the North - THE dramatic business and population growth spurt, in the central northern regions of Namibia, has given the brick-making business an invigorating lift. [AA Construction]

A Home in the World of Architecture - The Architects Collective Student Union

A Home in the World of Architecture - The Architects Collective Student Union - The world of Architecture is one with many faces. As students we tend to focus on the romantic side of things; we aim towards the dream of the successful self-owned firm, peopled with like-minded architects all with the goal of creating the perfect building. We exist in a dream where the ideal is reality and so set out to conquer the world, one blockbuster building at a time. This dream is what keeps us going through the nights of caffeine and paper cuts, and the days of harsh crits and slow renderings.
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[The Collective]

AZA2010 - September Is Architecture Mega Event Month in Joburg

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It's not about about architects it's about ARCHITECTURE! 


AZA2010 is a platform for interdisciplinary discussions about the culture of our cities, post-event cities, the architecture for sustainable communities and our shared urban futures.


SANParks grants free access to national parks

By Charmaine Zulu

Mbombela - From Monday to Friday next week, all South Africans can spend a day at one of the country's national parks without paying an entry fee as part of the Know Your National Parks campaign.

South African National Parks (SANParks) will allow locals with valid South African identity documents to enter any park managed by it completely free of charge, with the exception of Boulders in the Table Mountain National Park, and Tankwa Karoo and Namaqua national parks.

According to SANParks' general manager of media relations, Reynold Thakhuli, the campaign's objective is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans with regards to the country's natural, cultural and historical heritage.

"The idea of a national parks focus week was conceived in 2006, after we realised that a vast majority of South Africans was not accessing the national parks.

"SANParks then embarked on this campaign to encourage all South Africans, especially those from the communities around the parks, to share in what we envision to be the pride and joy of all South Africans and the world," said Thakuli.

R&D spend up, but South Africa is still off target

Cape Town - Despite spending R2.4 billion more on Research and Development than last year, South Africa is still failing to meet the government's target of spending 1 percent of GDP on R&D.

Presenting the department's National Survey of Research and Experimental Development report for 2008/2009, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor revealed that the country's R&D spend dropped slightly from 0.93 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 0.92 percent.

This was despite R&D expenditure having increased 2.2 percent in real terms between 2007 and 2008 - from R18.6 billion to R21 billion.

Pandor said despite the country's R&D spend having grown five fold in 11 years - from about R4 billion to R21 billion - more had to be done to meet the one percent target.

The country's spend on R&D has increased from 0.6 percent in 1997, touching a high of 0.95 percent in 2006.

She said comparisons with developing countries such as India, China and Russia indicated that South Africa's share of global R&D had grown from a relatively low base and that its R&D investment matched its relative economic size.

Durban sets sights on 2020 Olympics

By Kemantha Govender

Durban - With the tagline, the warmest place to be, Durban emerged as the only candidate from South Africa bidding to host the 2020 Olympics.

Government is expected to meet with the city's officials next month to decide if a formal bid is to be submitted.

Bids from interested cities will only be submitted next July to the International Olympic Committee.

South Africa's Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) did invite three other cities, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to bid for the prestigious event.

Should Durban make an official bid, competition will possibly come from Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul and Dubai.

The winner to host the 2020 Olympics will be announced in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. - BuaNews

Angola: Militants Hold Workshop on Local Constitution

Angola: MPLA Holds Workshop on Local Constitution - The militants of the ruling MPLA party in the central Bié Province will attend on Friday in Kuito Province in a workshop on the Angolan Constitution. [AA Construction]

Mozambique: Government to Resume Constructions in Sofala

Mozambique: Government to Resume Constructions in Sofala - The director of finance in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, Abilio Sigauque, has announced that construction of stalled public works in the province will be completed this year, reports Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". [AA Construction]