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We are pleased to inform you that Archined has included a personal diary by Antoni Folkers of ArchiAfrika at their website. This diary was noted during the week of the above-mentioned conference in Dar es Salaam – Tanzania. You will be able to find this diary via

A Dutch version of this diary has been published earlier and can be found via

The results of the preceding workshop – with students of amongst others Tanzania, Belgium and Netherlands – and conference will be jointly published before the end of the year. For more information, please visit our website or contact us via below address.



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A place to live
women's inheritance rights in Africa 

A study of gender and housing in sub-Saharan Africa 
Scholz, B.; Gomez, M. / Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) , 2005 
This paper examines women's differential needs and challenges for obtaining housing. The report grew out of a consultative survey of women in 10 African countries, including interviews with individuals and members of government, and workshops with local experts. This short book comes from the longer report, and is written in an accessible style so that women, men and young people in Africa can read about what COHRE found, and what COHRE and other people fighting for rights to land and housing think should happen to make things better for women.

The report contains sections addressing questions including:

what are rights?
women’s rights
what are housing rights?
what is inheritance?
what African governments should do; what organisations can do


Case studies and examples come from countries including Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In addition to discussing the housing and land rights situations in these countries, the authors define technical language and jargon citizens might come across, lays out current issues in plain language, and makes recommendations for how to improve these situations. 


World Trade Centre - Angola 

Twin Towers Start Being Built In 2006

Luanda, July 23 - Two twin towers "World Trade Centre-Angola" will start being built as from January 2006, in the country`s capital, Luanda. 

Speaking to Angop, the director of the Word Trade Centre-Angola project, Manuel Duque, said that the symbolic launching of the first stone for the execution of the project happens next September, stating that over 50 percent of financial resources for the start of the project is available.

According to the source, at the moment the project`s directors are in an advanced negotiation phase with governmental authorities of Luanda province, with the aim of legalising the land. The buildings, with 32 floors, will have areas reserved for administration, hostelry, parking area, conference and commercial rooms, and other service of aid to businessmen. 

The director said that the undertakings will help in promoting a sustained dialogue between Angola and other regions of the world, promotion and attraction of investments, in relations with specialised agencies of the government and business associations.  ANGOP

Photo courtesy SA Embassy - Luanda : Click for more pics.

Sunset over Luanda

Photo courtesy SA Embassy - Luanda : Click for more pics.

Downtown Luanda


Master Program in


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is an international centre of education and research focused in architecture understood as a discipline that involve different scales from territorial analysis, urban developments, architectural projects, digital fabrications and informational environments.

Placed in Barcelona, one of the international capitals of Urbanism, the institution develops a multidisciplinary program that explores urban and international territorial phenomena placing the accent in the opportunities that emerges from developing countries and cultural, economic and social values that architecture may contribute to society. 

Some of the most important projects recently developed are The Media House Project, elaborated with the MIT's Media Lab, the territorial research project Hipercatalunya, featured in Macba Barcelona, and the Transamericana project performed in Brazil.

The IAAC extends educative programs linked to the Advanced Architecture Master, lead by Vicente Guallart  and Manuel Gausa, in collaboration with the Fundación Politecnica de Catalunya.

In addition to research programs and international projects the agenda is completed with lectures, excursions, exhibitions, publications and competitions. 

This year the Master of Advanced architecture topic is Fast Asia / Asia 2005-2006: "Fast economic growth vs. fast city growth in Asia". The program ends with an Excursion for all students supported by the IAAC to the area of study, this year, a country of Asia.

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
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New look and new features for

With added features and a new look, Visual Communications S.r.l. announces the launch of the new The current version of the well-known glass portal offers easier navigation, as the new, cleaner graphic design makes content stand out. 

Moreover, many areas have been reorganized: now the portal is able to provide revolutionized services, such as a new Business Area, called the Classifieds Area. One of the most important innovations regarding this e-marketplace is the introduction of some new categories which, for example, allow users to offer services or request a particular product. In addition, users can access a control panel to edit their listings. 

The new Directory Area is also more user-friendly, as it is possible to search companies by country and by activity. 

Another section that has been completely renovated is the bookshop, which has been extended to add more books, market research, reports, etc.

But these are only a few of the improvements: visit the site to discover the new Enjoy surfing!

The first version of the portal was officially presented during the Vitrum 2001 Trade Fair in Milan: in 4 years has produced over 150 weekly issues of newsletters, gathered thousands of news stories and listed more than 3,000 suppliers. As a result of these efforts, today receives over 130,000 visits per month, generating more than 700,000 page views. 

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Opportunity for a Degreed, licensed Senior Architect for a long term position to manage their design office, for infrastructure projects including low rise buildings, complexes, shopping malls, airports, Palaces and housing projects. Click for more information


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, is organising an international competition of architecture called ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE CONTEST. The competition is open to all professionals, designers, and students of architecture, urban design and landscape design. Register NOW! It's free... 


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