September 2009

Kenya: China Pledges More Backing

Kenya: China Pledges More Backing - China will support Kenya to overcome challenges posed by the current global economic crisis, incoming Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Deng Hongbo has said. [AA Urbanisation]

International Competition : d3 HOUSING TOMORROW

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Exploration of housing typologies reveals vast the potential of overlaying urban, contextual, cultural, social, and life cycle flows toward determining new architectonic strategies for the future. The d3 Housing Tomorrow Competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore, document, analyze, transform, and deploy innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The competition calls for transformative solutions that advance sustainable thought, building performance, and social interaction through study of intrinsic environmental geometries, social behaviors, urban implications, and programmatic flows. Special emphasis may be placed on housing concepts that investigate dialogues including engagement of internal/external socio-economic diversity, change/adaptability over time, public/private realm connectivity, and permanence/impermanence of materiality. d3 challenges participants to rethink strategies for investigating residential design from macro-to-micro scales ranging from urban—promoting broader physical interconnectivity; communal—exploiting an interaction of units with shared facilities; and internal—examining the interior particularity of the unit, individual, or family in housing design toward promoting identity, ownership, and intimacy.

ASA Architectural Designs

Established in 1995 and currently based in Greenside, Johannesburg, we are a professional practice focused primarily on large residential developments, mixed use developments and Inner City regeneration.

Anca Szalavicz
Architect and Urban Designer

Associate Architect - Greg Husted

Visit website: http://asaarchitects.co.za
Offices in: 
Johannesburg

Nigeria: Face of a Modern Slum

Nigeria: Face of a Modern Slum - The high cost of renting houses in Abuja which has been said to be the fastest growing city in Africa, has been identified as a major factor which is driving many residents to live in deplorable conditions in uncompleted buildings across the city. This is besides many homeless street urchins, who have converted such structures to their permanent abode. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: France to Invest U.S.$100 Million in Lagos Transportation

Nigeria: France to Invest U.S.$100 Million in Lagos Transportation - The transportation sector of Lagos State yesterday witnessed a major break-through as the French Government indicated interest to invest the sum of $100 million to ensure effective and efficient transportation system in the state.Country Director of French Development Agency (FDA), Luc Bonnamour, disclosed the plan of the French Government when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja , yesterday. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Housing Projects Discourage Disorderly Construction

Angola: Housing Projects Discourage Disorderly Construction - The deputy minister of Urbanisation and Housing, Joaquim Silvestre, said on Wednesday in Sumbe city, that houses construction projects in the coastal Kwanza Sul province will abide by urban plans outlined by local government, so as to avoid disorderly constructions. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Seventeen Districts to Get Tap Water

Uganda: Seventeen Districts to Get Tap Water - THE Government is to construct water supply and sanitation schemes in 17 districts in the region. The project will be funded by a 18.5m euros grant from the Federal Republic of Austria and the European Union, the organisation said in a bid notice. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Over 3,000 Land Plots Distributed

Angola: Over 3,000 Land Plots Distributed - A total of 3,380 plots of land for construction of houses were distributed to "5 de Abril" ward residents in south-western Namibe province, during a ceremony presided over by local governor, Boavida Neto. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Mortgage Firm Partners Kwara on Housing

Nigeria: Mortgage Firm Partners Kwara on Housing - Impressed by the success story of the Kwara State Government's Public-Private-Partnership efforts in housing programme, an Abuja-based Mortgage firm, Aso Savings and Loans Plc, has offered to partner with the state government in providing affordable mass houses for citizens of the state. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Electricity Restructure is Set to Start With New Law

South Africa: Electricity Restructure is Set to Start With New Law - The restructuring of the electricity-distribution industry through the creation of six regional electricity distributors (REDS) countrywide was ready to proceed as soon as the contentious 17th Constitutional Amendment Bill was promulgated, Electricity Distribution Industry Holdings CEO Phindile Nzimande said yesterday. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Dissatisfaction With Service Delivery Increasing - Survey

South Africa: Dissatisfaction With Service Delivery Increasing - Survey - DISSATISFACTION with service delivery has increased among South African households since 2002, a survey showed yesterday, even though the number of people on welfare has more than tripled to 13,7% of the population. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Residents Fight for More Free Water

South Africa: Residents Fight for More Free Water - HOW much free water can the City of Johannesburg be reasonably expected to provide for poor people? [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: The Case of Steel

South Africa: The Case of Steel - ONE of the bizarre consequences of the Competition Commission's investigation of the steel industry is that SA is now one of the few countries in the world that no longer has statistics on its steel output. [AA Urbanisation]

Africa: Experts Seek Air Safety, Infrastructural Renewal in Africa

Africa: Experts Seek Air Safety, Infrastructural Renewal in Africa - Aviation experts in Africa yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, identified poor safety and obsolete infrastructure as impediments towards the growth and development of air transport in Africa. [AA Urbanisation]

Botswana: Govt Projects Run Behind Schedule

Botswana: Govt Projects Run Behind Schedule - Most government projects are behind schedule due to either lack of skilled labour or to natural disasters, it came to light during a media tour of seven such projects organised by the Office of the President (OP) last week. [AA Construction]