Urban Think Tank

Urban-Think Tank’s Housing Prototype for South African Slums

Urban-Think Tank has joined forces with ETH Zürich university to develop a design strategy to improve informal housing for the over 2700 slum dwellers across South Africa. The first step in this process is the Empower Shack, a design-build workshop in Khayelitsha to build a low-cost two story home equipped with electricity and a watertight(…)


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2014 Zumtobel Group Award Nominees Announced

The Zumtobel Group Award has recently announced fifteen nominees for the 2014 awards under the categories of Buildings, Urban Developments, and Applied Innovations–a new category that recognizes “technological solutions that make a trailblazing contribution to the realisation of a more sustainable built environment.” We are elated to see the familiar public interest design practices Rural(…)


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Urban Think Tank awarded Holcim Global Prize

As announced last week, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has issued its 2012 Global Prizes. Beyond Kéré Architecture‘s $200,000 Gold Prize-winning secondary school project, profiled here last week, the $100,000 Global Silver Prize-winner is a fascinating multifunctional public building, called Grotao, in the Paraisópol favela of São Paulo–an informal settlement home to more than(…)


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