Frank Gehry’s $90 online masterclass

World Architecture - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 00:45
Pritzker Prize laureate Frank Gehry will teach a course in design and architecture for online education platform MasterClass.
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FHHH Friends arranges flexible rooms over split levels in slender Seoul house

World Architecture - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 02:00

A skylit stairwell ascends through the split levels of this tall and narrow house in Seoul to a roof terrace with separate entrances for people and cats. Read more

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Architects’ bureaucrats strike it rich

Jobs & Careers in Africa - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 14:43

Cape Town architects studying the 2016 annual report of the SA Council for the Architectural Profession have discovered that the bureaucrats running the Council have unilaterally awarded themselves a massive salary and benefit increases.

Some members believe there may be prima facie grounds for a deeper investigation and a forensic audit. The Council is a statutory body originally set up in the early 1970s solely for architects.

During that period, the staff consisted of the registrar and three others. In 2000 the law changed to include everyone practicing in the field. It now has a staff of 39. Cape Town commentator, analyst and journalist Keith Bryer reports


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Garth by Ola Studio | Semi-detached houses

World Architecture - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 01:00

Located in Northcote, Melbourne, Garth was once a dilapidated nineteenth century Italianate Victorian masonry dwelling that has since been restored and added to with an elegant and restrained timber addition to accommodate a young family of five and two energetic dogs. The original house is one solid form with all rooms contained within a single volume. When considering how to add to what was already there, a conscious decision was made to approach the design with architectural contrasts and similarities. The new build adopts the rectilinear forms of the old, but varies their sequence and size to create a series of intimate internal and external spaces. Externally the new addition reads as a reserved collection of rigid forms stacked on top of, or next to one another, while the internal circulation functions as a seamless transition from one defined space to the next. In contrasting the pale palette of the heavy masonry dwelling, the new build appropriates a lighter material continue

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2017 MPavilion designers announced

World Architecture - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 23:55
‘Provocative and influential’ Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten have been announced as the architects of the 2017 MPavilion.
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Man Trapped Under Liberia's Defense Ministry Rubble Rescued

Building Accidents - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:06

By: David S. Menjor

Residents near the former Defense Ministry building in Congo Town were last Thursday held aghast when a man identified only as Baby was accidentally entrapped under the rubble of a building demolished by the Chinese company constructing the new Ministerial Complex.

“He was collecting sand between heavy broken pieces of concrete when he mistakenly stepped on one of them which dragged him beneath several other pieces,” John Kollie, an eyewitness told the Daily Observer.

Nearly 300 persons, including police officers, joined the effort to rescue the victim from the debris to safety. After two hours of struggle, 18 men were able to remove the debris and rescue the victim, who survived his ordeal and was rushed to the JFK hospital for treatment.


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Uganda's Collapsing Buildings Due to Structural Failures

Building Collapses - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:01

Agnes Nantaba

Jesse Tukacungurwa is the CEO of Oncepti architects. He spoke to The Independent’s Agnes E Nantaba about the architects’ role in bridging Uganda’s housing deficit.

What are the key elements in your management philosophy?

As a manager, I am a perfectionist. I like to put my hands on almost everything. It is something I am trying to avoid because sometimes I find myself overwhelmed. Ideally, a good manager should be able to delegate.

What is your assessment of the housing industry in Uganda?

We still have a long way to go because developers are still targeting middle and high income earners. If you look at the pyramid of our society, most people are far below the pyramid and thus are not catered for in the current housing projects. To make the situation worse, the population in the low income bracket is increasing as people move from rural to urban areas.


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Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it

Political Theatre - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 22:25
President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation address in Cape Town. Critics say he failed to galvanise the nation. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma presented his 2017 state of the nation address on the back of mounting socio-economic challenges for a country that’s squandered its development opportunities. Many would have been hoping that Zuma would deliver a speech that showed some sense of urgency to save the situation.

Those hopes were dashed. South Africans will now be looking for some saving grace in the national budget due to be presented by finance minister Pravin Gordhan. But then there is also a dark cloud hanging over him. The president seems to be preoccupied with moving the one person who has helped the country from tipping over into calamity.

Zuma wasted lots of time in his speech on cheap politicking wrapped in what he termed “radical socio-economic transformation”. His characterisation of this played into the narrative that the South African economy is being held hostage by “white monopoly capital”. This is a bogeyman invented by Zuma’s allies.

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