African Design Magazine February 2016 - Page 2

Editor’s view Africa’s new dawn With more than a billion people, inestimable natural resources and entrepreneurial zeal, the continent is truly a global player. Seven of the world’s fastest-growing economies are in Africa, consistently enjoying between five per cent and eight per cent growth each year. Africa’s new middle classes have embraced the digital age, and African countries are partners of choice for global investors. The gospel song, Africa’s New Dawn, rings true, starting with: “Africa, Africa, oh mother Africa, A land so rich and blessed by God. A land full of natural resources, diverse flora and fauna, from the Rock of Gibraltar in the North to the Atlantic Ocean in the South. Gulf of Guinea in the west, to the horn of Africa in the east. Africa, mother Africa. How richly endowed you are.” Gregg Cocking CREDITS The recent upward progress in a number of sub-Saharan African countries warrants tempered optimism, and our recent special issue showcasing Africa’s Top 10 projects of 2015 serves to highlight the role architecture and construction has played in this trend. Challenges remain, but these should not overshadow the diversity of accomplishments and compelling stories from the continent, ones which we will endeavour to continue showcasing in this issue and in future issues of African Design Magazine. AD Published by African Design Magazine (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 9802, Edenglen, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1613 Editorial Gregg Cocking Cell: +2782-870-6390 Email: gregg@africandesignmagazine. com Advertising enquiries Lesley Shapiro Cell: +2782-508-7338 Email: lesley@africandesignmagazine. com 2 Cover photograph: Andarzgoo Residential Building by Farshid Nasrabadi While precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of its contents and information, neither the editor, publisher, or its agents can accept responsibility for damages or injury which may arise therefrom. All rights reserved. © African Design Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, photocopying, electronic, mechanical or otherwise without the prior written permission of the copyright owners. OUR PARTNERS africandesignmagazine.com