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Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Inspired by Zwide's footprints, Stan Field designed a space for people to walk through, not to. Born in Port Elizabeth during the apartheid era, he felt that long footpaths through a loosely aggregated

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Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Image ©Julian Abrams Due to the project's tight turnaround time, RUFproject decided to forgo incorporating more complicated green strategies and instead focused on more basic principles, like sun

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South Africa Unveils Plans For World’s Largest 5GW Solar Field

South Africa Unveils Plans For World’s Largest 5GW Solar Field

Everyone knows the potential solar power holds for providing the world's energy, and it comes as no surprise that there are massive solar projects such as the Desertec being developed. Not wanting to be

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“Bicycle Portraits” Raise Cycling Awareness in South Africa

“Bicycle Portraits” Raise Cycling Awareness in South Africa

Project founders Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler began documenting cyclists in early 2010. They're infinitely curious about people and their relationship to bikes. The portraits may be gathered into a

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Trafigura Fined €1M For Illegally Dumping Toxic Waste in Africa

Trafigura Fined €1M For Illegally Dumping Toxic Waste in Africa

photo credit: ©Raigo Pajula/AFP/Getty Images Some justice has finally come of the 2006 export disaster involving Swiss-based oil trader Trafigura, who will now be fined €1M for illegally exporting

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Africa’s Biggest Windfarm Debuts in Morocco

Africa’s Biggest Windfarm Debuts in Morocco

The first phase of a massive renewable energy plan is now in place in Morocco with the official opening of a 165 turbine wind farm just outside of Tangiers. Official sources say that the wind farm --

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African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

This week, the world is turning its attention to Africa for the World Cup games, but a terrible problem that's been plaguing the continent for years is still going largely ignored. According to Human

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Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Swiss not-for-profit Solafrica has provided a portable solar power station that runs a large donated TV where residents of Kibera, Africa's largest slum, can gather to watch the World Cup.

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World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

At number five is the elegant Green Point Stadium. Since it is situated at the foot of Signal Hill between downtown Cape Town and the Sea Point neighborhood, the high-profile location demanded a very

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FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

Some of of the greatest social and environmental challenges are focused around the issue of reproductive rights. Italian-based FAREstudios created a brilliant architectural solution to the issue by

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South Africa to Unveil Plans for High Speed Rail Network

South Africa to Unveil Plans for High Speed Rail Network

From the US to the UK to China, countries around the world getting in on the high speed rail bandwagon. The latest country to announce plans for a network is South Africa, which is now looking into a high

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African Student Builds Humanoid Robot From Old TV Parts

African Student Builds Humanoid Robot From Old TV Parts

No matter how cool you think your childhood science projects were, Sam Todo, a student from the Togolese Republic in Africa, has probably one-upped you with his humanoid robot made almost completely out

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

Reverse graffiti is a type of street art that effaces – not defaces – public property. That’s right, the taggers or “scrubbers” that practice this art form actually remove

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

Graffiti is one of the most controversial art forms out there since it defaces public property - but what if graffiti artists actually cleaned up the walls they tagged up by etching their sketches into

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“Heart of Africa” Biodome to Bring Tropical Rainforest to the UK

“Heart of Africa” Biodome to Bring Tropical Rainforest to the UK

England’s weather is about as far from tropical as possible — except within the bubble of this amazing “Heart of Africa” biodome coming soon to the Chester Zoo. The 112 foot-high

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Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

If you've ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic wastes: many

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Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

It's easy enough to monitor home power consumption, but few people think about the energy impact of talking on cell phones for hours on end. After all, cell towers have to be powered by something, and in

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Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

When faced with the need to develop additional sources of energy, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation recently decided that its best option was not to build conventional power plants. Instead, the

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REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

Greetings from South Africa! Regular readers of Inhabitat are hopefully aware of the exciting humanitarian design initiative called Project H Design, founded by our very own Emily Pilloton. Currently

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Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Peach pip floors (aka peach 'pit' floors to us yanks) have a long history in South Africa and the warm, natural materials made an early impression on South African gallery owner Allah le Roux. He caught

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ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

The Abōd™ is a prototype prefab created by BSB Design for use as affordable housing in South Africa. The simple design uses a strong, natural shape as the core. It’s durable, lightweight and can be

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Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

We love our LEDs for lamps and Christmas lights, but there's a global application for LEDs that could bring inexpensive and efficient light to the 75% of Africa that lacks dependable access to clean, safe

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Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Motivated by a climate of widespread environmental devastation, Africa has boldly moved to initiate a continent-wide ban on plastic bags in an effort to eliminate the billions of throwaway sacks that are

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Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Proving that we really are all in this together, Europe is considering plans to spend more than £5 billion on a system of large solar power stations in North Africa. This proposed solar power plan could

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Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find them for sale in Perth, New York, London, Cape

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Leaked Video Shows “Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded”

Leaked Video Shows “Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded”

Hunting protected animals with semi-automatic weapons, running over animals with jeeps, and torturing animals before killing them; it sounds too horrible to be true - but a shocking new video shows that a

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Omni3d has

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