week 44 of 2017

week44Artwork of the Week: Harare at Night by Murphy Ian, a part of the NGZ permanent collection.
This week we celebrate World Cities Day


This year’s World Cities Day is running under the theme: Innovative Governance, Open Cities. The theme has been selected to highlight the important role of urbanisation as a source of global development and social inclusion The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. The above artwork depicts an aerial shot of a luminous Harare at night with glowing lights. Harare is the mesmerising urbanised capital city of Zimbabwe. Harare also happens to be Zimbabwe’s capital city. It is characterized by skyscraper buildings, huge tarred roads and a lot of traffic. Harare is a busy city with Central Business District (CBD) being the busiest part of the city. The tallest building is The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe followed by Joina City. Another mavel in Harare is the Eastgate centre. Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country’s largest office and shopping complex is an architectural marvel in its use of biomimicry. The mid-rise building, designed by architect in collaboration with Arup engineers, has no conventional air-conditioning or heating, yet stays regulated year round with dramatically less energy consumption using design methods inspired by indigenous Zimbabwean masonry and the self-cooling mounds of African termitesThe city is characterised by a lot of sky scrapers and like any other urbanised city a lot of CBDs are filled with these due to the expense in trying to build other buildings thus the need to build going up instead.

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