Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Design Africa

Their Website says "...Ultimately, Design Africa is a portal, your portal, to designers with uncommon vision, to potential partners, to beautiful products and striking design statements, and to statements of another kind:

Stories of the designers, artisans and communities involved in the creation process, stories of the materials used and the meaning behind the items produced, and of course, stories of dreams turning into business plans and reaching around the world from the original design source, Africa.

Design Africa’s mission is twofold: to help today’s distinctive African design emerge, and to accelerate the economic development of the communities and countries involved through the positive impact of exports. That started with our presence at SIDIM 2006. Building on its success, we are pleased to present 19 companies from five countries that span the continent..."

Image Courtesy of Design Africa

Monday, July 16, 2007

Traditional African Buildings are Energy Efficient

Anyone that has been in a Traditional African buildings would notice that they are always cooler inside even when it is very hot outside.

Well it seems that a study by the British Architectural firm - Robert Adam Architects has shown that Traditionally constructed homes are generally more energy efficient than those with lots of glass.