May 2010

Nigeria: Jigawa Govt. Plans Own Airport

Nigeria: Jigawa Govt. Plans Own Airport - Jigawa State government has joined the train of states developing airports to boost trade and other economic activities in their terrain. [AA Construction]

Rwanda: Kigali Marriot to Open in 2012

Rwanda: Kigali Marriot to Open in 2012 - Marriott Hotels, one of the renowned hotel chains in the world has announced its entry into the Rwandan market, adding yet another 5-Star hotel facility to the country's growing hospitality industry. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Museveni Demands Explanation On High Cost of Road Construction

Uganda: Museveni Demands Explanation On High Cost of Road Construction - President Museveni has written a letter to the works minister demanding an explanation into the high cost of road construction in the country. In the letter sent on March 11, to minister John Nasasira, a copy of which Daily Monitor has seen, the President says he was concerned about the "absorption capacity within the road sector"- despite the large amount of money allocated to it. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: N1.5 Billion Lagos Complex Transforms Infamous Oluwole

Nigeria: N1.5 Billion Lagos Complex Transforms Infamous Oluwole - The area is now unrecognisable. It used to be some sort of a slum, notorious for ramshackle structures that habour numerous commercial transactions, with some bordering on the questionable. Indeed, it was an enclave of criminals who specialised in forgeries and sophisticated crimes such as international passport racketeering, credit card fraud, drug trafficking, as well as certificates, currency and visa forgeries. [AA Construction]

Kenya: AG in Talks to Settle Sh2.4 Billion Construction Case

Kenya: AG in Talks to Settle Sh2.4 Billion Construction Case - Talks between the State Law Office and Kirinyaga Construction over the settlement of a Sh2.4 billion case out of court are still on. [AA Construction]

Ghana: Demolition Exercise is Being Executed with a Human Face

Ghana: Demolition Exercise is Being Executed with a Human Face - Mr. Kofi Porturphy, National Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), has said the ongoing demolition exercise nationwide is being given a human face and that its implementation is in the interest of all Ghanaians. According to him, all the structures demolished so far are on water ways, and with the demolition exercise the way has been cleared for choked major drains to be desilted. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Eko Atlantic City - Construction Work Commences Quarter1 Next Year

Nigeria: Eko Atlantic City - Construction Work Commences Quarter1 Next Year - Construction work is set to commence in the Eko Atlantic City project in the first quarter of next year, with about one million square metres of land already reclaimed at the site, with the reclamation job still ongoing. [AA Construction]

Obituary : Hannes Meiring, Architect, Historian and Artist (1934-2010)

"I am attracted to small things: pondokkies, cottages on the wayside, the brave attempts of people to adorn their houses on the platteland and in the remote countryside. I like people and am always fascinated by the individual's response to the environment." *

It is with deep regret and sadness that we record the unexpected death of South African architect Hannes Meiring who passed away on Monday, 3 May 2010 in Cape Town. 

Hannes Meiring was born in Potchefstroom in 1934 and qualified from the Cape Town School of Architecture in 1958. In 1962 he won a scholarship from the then West Germany government to study at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. After his return in 1964 he established a practice in Pretoria and became active in the field of architectural heritage preservation and conservation.

International Architecture Workshop Johannesburg in August 2010

In the rapid pace of global urbanization slums are today providing shelters for one billion people, which is equivalent to one-sixth of the planet's population. Without actions the number is expected to double by 2030. Parallel to this critical situation the profession of Architecture contributes to less than 5% of the annual building construction world-wide. This problematic gap suggests that Architecture immediatley expands its field of action and thus claimes new grounds with increased responsibility concerning the development of political and social content.

Access to electricity improves in 2009

Pretoria - The number of South Africans with access to electricity has risen to 83 percent, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday.

In its 2009 General Household Survey, 83 percent of the country's citizens had electricity connection compared to only 77 percent in 2002.

The survey, which started in 2002, was instituted because of a need identified by government to determine the level of development in the country and the performance of programmes and projects on a regular basis.

Stats SA said though upward trend of electrification in most provinces had been smooth; this was not the case in the Western Cape and Limpopo where connectivity decreased. The study found that the use of wood and paraffin for cooking decreased consistently in most provinces between 2002 and 2009.

However, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape provinces had the highest rate of paraffin and wood usage at 54.4 and 40.8 percent respectively.

Regarding water access, the figure dwindled 2005's 76 to 58 percent in 2009 while the percentage of households which received piped water from their municipalities increased from 78.2 in 2004 to 83.3 percent in 2009.

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Uganda: Gulu Residents Protest Eviction

Uganda: Gulu Residents Protest Eviction - RESIDENTS of Pece Tegwana and Vanguard parishes in Gulu Municipality have protested against landlords who want to evict them. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Youth Residences Worth Over 80,000 Kwanzas Per Month

Angola: Youth Residences Worth Over 80,000 Kwanzas Per Month - At least 80,167,00 Kwanzas is the amount that young people will pay monthly for their houses, in a 20-year period, in the ambit of the government-fostered "Youth Angola" programme, ANGOP has learnt. [AA Urbanisation]

Kenya: Cash-Flush Banks Race for Housing Projects

Kenya: Cash-Flush Banks Race for Housing Projects - The battle for mortgage business is intensifying as cash-flush institutions such as Kenya Commercial Bank and Housing Finance pour cash into more housing development projects. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Kano Govt to Supervise Reconstruction of Razed Market

Nigeria: Kano Govt to Supervise Reconstruction of Razed Market - Kano State government under Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) will supervise the reconstruction of razed shops during the fire incidence at Kano textiles market, Kantin Kwari which occurred last March. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Coy Explains Participation at Lagos Architects Forum

Nigeria: Coy Explains Participation at Lagos Architects Forum - Emel Building Materials, one of the leading names in Nigerian construction and building materials industry has explained why it showcased its array of products at the Lagos Architects Forum and Exhibition 2010 which held in Lagos last week. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Maiduguri Residents Flay Chinese Firm's Poor Road Construction

Nigeria: Maiduguri Residents Flay Chinese Firm's Poor Road Construction - Residents of Maiduguri in Borno State capital have raised alarm over what they called deliberate compromise of standard by one of the leading Chinese companies (CGC) handling roads and drainage construction projects in the state. [AA Construction]

Households Living in Formal Dwellings Drops to 56 %

South Africa: Households Living in Formal Dwellings Drops to 56 Percent - The number of households living in formal dwellings in South Africa dropped from 57,8% (2007) to 56% (2009), according to a survey conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: LCC Speeds Up Road Delivery, Denies Resumption of Tolling

Nigeria: LCC Speeds Up Road Delivery, Denies Resumption of Tolling - Despite increased speed of construction activities towards the delivery of Section-1 of the new Lekki toll road, the concessionaire, Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has dispelled the rumours making the rounds that it is set to begin tolling from Saturday, May 1, 2010. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Govt Signs Deal for New Aswa Bridge

Uganda: Govt Signs Deal for New Aswa Bridge - CONSTRUCTION of the new sh4.5b Aswa Bridge is to start soon. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Fashola Enjoins Construction Professionals to Reduce Cost of Housing

Nigeria: Fashola Enjoins Construction Professionals to Reduce Cost of Housing - LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday asked construction professionals to develop appropriate technology to ensure the reduction in cost of housing construction in the country. [AA Construction]

Convention - Design for the New Decade

Convention - Design for the New Decade - The 2010 Convention theme, Design for the New Decade, will highlight, for architects and for others, how design, knowledge, vision, and leadership are essential in making a lasting, positive future in creating buildings and cities across the globe. ...05.05.2010 [WAC Latest News]

2010 Finalists of The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

2010 Finalists of The Buckminster Fuller Challenge - The Buckminster Fuller Institute is proud to announce the Finalists for the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Each finalist is providing a workable solution to one of the worlds most significant challenges such as water scarcity, food supply and energy consumption. The winner will be revealed at a ...03.05.2010 [WAC Latest News]

EXPO 2010 Shangai, China

EXPO 2010 Shangai, China - See some pictures of the great pavillions in Expo Shangai 2010,
with links for the event. ...01.05.2010
[WAC Latest News]

CALL FOR THE SOCIAL FORUM OF ARCHITECTURE

CALL FOR THE SOCIAL FORUM OF ARCHITECTURE - The poverty and social inequality contained within cities are once again on the agenda as the number of people living in the cities surp ...30.04.2010 [WAC Theory of Architecture & Current Issues]

Tanzania: Poor Infrastructure Dogs Development

Tanzania: Poor Infrastructure Dogs Development - POOR infrastructure has for long dogged Tanzania's development programmes including the ongoing anti-poverty drive. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Standards Organisation Wants Inspection of Buildings

Nigeria: Standards Organisation Wants Inspection of Buildings - Professional bodies in the nation's building and construction industry have been enjoined to partner with the relevant state authorities on joint spot inspection teams on all buildings under construction. [AA Construction]

Eritrea: Health Stations in Logo-Anseba Sub-Zone Renovated

Eritrea: Health Stations in Logo-Anseba Sub-Zone Renovated - Logo-Anseba, 4 May 2010 - The health stations in the administrative areas of Melezanai and Keranakudo in Log-Anseba sub-zone, have been renovated in collaboration with the Gash-Barka regional Administration at a cost of 2.4 million Nakfa. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Doma to Renovate Health Centre

Nigeria: Doma to Renovate Health Centre - Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma of Nasarawa State has promised to renovate Umaisha community primary health care centre in Toto Local Government Council of the state. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: New Houses for Traditional Rulers in Shagari

Nigeria: New Houses for Traditional Rulers in Shagari - District and village heads in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State are to get new houses worth over N70 million. [AA Urbanisation]