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Energoprojekt in Nigeria

Yugoslav Construction Companies in the Developing World

Dubravka Sekulić

Yugoslav construction industry but also for the engineers who managed to bring the challenging project to completion while navigating an extremely complicated political period in Nigeria that coincided with several coups d’état. One of Energoprojekt’s architecturally and institutionally most complex

Corruption as an Empty Signifier

Politics and Political Order in Africa


Lucy Koechlin

Corruption as an Empty Signifier critically explores the ways in which corruption in Africa has been equated with African politics and political order, and offers a novel approach to understanding corruption as a potentially emancipatory discourse of political transformation.
Conventionally, both academic literature as well as development policies depict corruption as the lynchpin of politics in Africa, locking African societies into political orders which subvert democratic change. Drawing on the findings of a case study of the construction industry in Tanzania, Lucy Koechlin conceptualises corruption as a signifier enabling, rather than preventing, social actors to articulate democratic claims. She provides compelling arguments for a more sophisticated understanding of and empirical attentiveness to emancipatory change in African political orders.

Creating Shapes in Civil and Naval Architecture

A Cross-Disciplinary Comparison


Edited by Horst Nowacki and Wolfgang Lefèvre

The design, construction and verification of complex two- and three-dimensional shapes in architecture and ship geometry have always been a particularly demanding part of the art of engineering. Before science-based structural design and analysis were applied in the construction industries, i.e., before 1800, the task of conceiving, documenting and fabricating such shapes constituted the most significant interface between practitioner's knowledge and learned knowledge, above all in geometry. The history of shape development in these two disciplines therefore promises especially valuable insights into the knowledge history of shape creation.
This volume is a collection of contributions by outstanding scholars in their fields of study, archaeology, history of architecture and ship design, in classic antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period. The volume presents a comparative knowledge history in these two distinct branches of construction engineering.

Amy L. Barrette, Neal R. Brendel and Wadih El-Riachi

LLP, The Gate Building, Level 12, Dubai International Financial Centre P.O. Box 506826, Dubai, UAE Abstract While much attention has been devoted to curbing the rise of lawsuits surrounding Dubai’s struggling construction industry, surprisingly little attention has been focused on another option

Omar Al-Saadoon

contract. Mr. Al-Saadoon goes on to explore a whole range of legal issues that generally arise in construction agreements, including general contract law as well as an analysis of issues of particular relevance to the construction industry, such as defects, delay, payment and liquidated damages, to name

cases most reported are those of construction workers. In 2003, reports that “the premier demands back wages [for migrant workers]” aroused nationwide attention and were followed by announcements of a series of laws and regulations concerning wage arrears in the construction industry, such as “Notice

Aldo De Moor and Hans Weigand

in the European construction industry. The MeMo system is one of the first business NSS with an explicit international orientation. Keywords: business negotiation, negotiation support systems, metamodel, MeMo. Introduction Electronic commerce is quickly being transformed from hype into reality. Many

Sarah Pink, Helen Lingard and James Harley

In this article we examine the introduction of digital video pedagogy into dynamic workplaces with fast-changing social and material environments, and discuss its potential to participate in producing forms of positive change. The discussion brings together two strands: we investigate workplace learning theoretically as it emerges as part of a digital material world; and we consider how we might re-think workplace learning through possibilities of digital technologies. We develop this discussion through the example of how digital video has been used to engender new ways of learning and knowing about safety in one of the most dangerous workplaces globally - the construction industry.