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More than 20 Billion Spent on Infrastructure in the Last 5 years and 2.1billion this Year, Botswana needs a National Infrastructure Plan.

By HK Mokwete More than BWP 5 million has been spent on Infrastructure Projects in the past 5 years alone. A further 2.1 billion is set to be yet spent this year through to 2015 as announced by Minster Matambo in his budget speech to Parliament last Monday. This sizable expenditure are in most cases […]

Boidus Focus November Edition- Five Reasons Why CBD will Fail

Boidus Focus November Edition explores the following: Five key reasons that will see Gaborone CDB fail Botswana Property Index Lauched (IPD) report and performance results for year 2011 Exclusive feature: Luc Vandecasteele’s extraordinary experience from: Congo-Belgium-Suriname-SA-To-Molapo Crossing. Boidus Focus is available from the following stores: Square Mart, Exclusive Books, University of Botswana staff canteen, Thapong […]

Minister of Lands & Hous­ing- Ignore Peoples Con­cerns at your own peril

Talking to many inhabitants of our cities, there is always more than one issue they are grumpy about regarding the state of their cities. Some of the most complained about issues range from traffic grid lock that plights our cities and towns (esp. Gabs.), lack of housing (high cost of rent), lack of things to […]

Dear ENERGY USE AND CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS

By  Asadul Hakim, Architect Character of buildings of the world is determined and governed by climate, society, economy, availability of labor force, transportation, climate, skilled manpower of the country in question. Buildings in North or South Pole do not represent the same character as in equator or on Capricorn or cancer. In addition to the […]

Time for Selling-Out our Construction Industry is over

Architecture, construction and the building industry in Botswana generates a lot of revenue into the country’s economy. In fact the Construction Industry (CI) activities just contributed about 28% of the 9.6 % growth in economy announced earlier in the year by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The industry’s lucrative nature also is evident in the […]

Stadium saga, the public is the big loser

What started as an ambitious project to reinvigorate and remake the National Stadium ended up being reduced to a squalid and feeble exercise of adding a few new seats, pink paint, grass and still some two years since this project started, the stadium is still shut for national events. Meanwhile the two parties, government and […]

Botswana’s Construction Needs to establish a Green Agenda

World leaders are this week converging on South Africa’s city of Durban at the U.N. Climate Conference 2011 to deal with carbon reductions. This is a timely follow up to the 1997 landmark United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Kyoto Protocol treaty which many Western democracies (191) have ratified while others like USA, […]

Could Spending, NOT Saving, SAVE OUR Construction Industry?

Economists and others in the technocrat business will advance varying arguments on the economics and dogmas of whether it is sensible to spend or save your way out of a recession. Varying schools of thought subscribe to many beliefs, but what is a common agreement is that money needs to keep flowing and the creation […]

State of the Nation Address and the Construction Industry

His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s recent State Of The Nation Address before Parliament covered a whole range of topics and some key parts of it were dedicated to our Construction Industry in Botswana. This highlight of the industry’s issues came in a timely fashion as the Industry is currently going through undoubtedly […]

Lessons from Kwame Nkrumah’s Vision

I have just returned from a trip to Ghana in which I have had the opportunity to travel back and fourth between Ghana’s two major cities, Accra and Kumasi. This was my second visit this year, and as such I feel I have been given a good overview of the place in order to share […]

China Homelife Fair 2016

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ARCHITECTS’ REGISTRATION COUNCIL: PUBLIC AWARENESS WORKSHOP

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The Architects’ Registration Council will conduct workshops to, apprise the public, create awareness and educate the public on the requirements of the Act and the mandate of the Council as stipulated in the Architects’ Registration Act.

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GROPIUS HOUSE / Architect: Walter Gropius / Location: Lincoln, MA, USA / Completion: 1938

Gropius House

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The home Walter Gropius built for his family soon after moving from to the US from Germany had a dramatic impact on American architecture. Its detailing keeps strongly to the principles of the Bauhaus, which Gropius had founded and directed in Germany, exploiting simple, well-designed but mass-produced fittings for steel wall lights, chromed banisters etc., as well as in the structure of the house (glass block walls complementing the wooden frame and New England clapboarding).

Boidus Quotes-‘what they say..’

"Modern architects – scum of the earth. It doesn’t matter what you ask them to design, they still come up with something that looks like an old dustbin with a bicycle sticking out of the top."