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The new architectural frontier: buildings and their microbiomes

The study of two hospitals was a first for researching the microbiology of the built environment in South Africa – a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to design healthier buildings.
On Akure’s edges, which used to be mainly farmland, buildings are taking over. Author supplied

Nigeria’s Akure is a good example of how not to build a city

City officials have not considered how approaches like mixed-use developments closer to the city centre might alleviate the housing shortage as well as protect Akure's green spaces.
South African companies have strengths on which to build on, particularly in telecoms Shutterstock

South Africa’s new economic proposals highlight the role of services

Services have not featured strongly in the economic strategies of developing countries. However, South Africa's recently published economic reform proposals point to a greater role for services.

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