• Weekly urban news roundup: February 21, 2014

    The week’s headlines

  • Algerian craftsmen struggle to save the Casbah

    The lack of interest from the Algerian state in the Casbah of Algiers, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is highlighted by rampant overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and the collapse of many houses. As RFI reports, the Algerian Minister of Culture Khalida Toumi said last Saturday that the reconstruction on empty plots in the Casbah of Algiers should be […]

  • Algiers hosts first Maghreb Cultural Film Fest

    The first Maghreb Cultural Film Festival will enjoy its last day Friday. Beginning Sunday, the festival screened 11 Algerian films, 10 Tunisian films, 10 Moroccan films and four Mauritanian films — each competing to win a “Golden Amayyas” award (Amayyas means leopard in the Tamazight language). The festival aim to “introduce recent productions from the […]

  • Climate change threatens African coastal cities

    As global climate change becomes an increasing reality, a study has warned that African coastal cities are particularly vulnerable, especially to flooding. Global flood damage could cost up to $1 trillion per year for coastal cities; developing countries will bear the worst of the cost. The most vulnerable African cities include Abidjan, Algiers and Alexandria.  […]

  • Tackling housing crises through new strategies

    ALGERIA: As part of its promise to build 1.2 million new homes by 2014, Algeria is partnering with international consortiums to speed up the process and improve quality. During workshops held on December 2nd in Tipaza, roughly a dozen American housing companies said they were willing to create joint venture companies to implement public housing projects […]