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The South African Building That Came to Symbolize the Apocalypse

Ponte City, Africa’s tallest apartment block, is a mainstay of movies about the end of the world—but it was once an apartheid-era architectural triumph.

Ryan Lenora Brown

The Struggle to Build an American Suburb in Uganda

Akright City promised an alternative to the African cities once designed for the colonial elite. But it has become something it was never meant to be.

Emmanuel Bobbie

An African Take on 'Sex and the City'

Nicole Amarteifio’s popular show about well-to-do young women in Ghana is back for a second season.

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In Johannesburg, a New Bridge Must Also Address Apartheid's Legacy

The city has an ambitious plan to redress historic inequities through mass transit and redevelopment.

Ryan Lenora Brown

How Johannesburg's Most Neglected Buildings Ended Up Splashed With Pink Paint

A group of artists hoped to spark a debate about housing, architectural preservation, and history. But did they cross the line from protest to vandalism?