Strengthening communities through cooperative capacity building
The master plan focuses on the rapid urban growth in Kigali in Rwanda and responds to the needs of the predominantly young population. The project establishes participatory processes with local cooperatives and stakeholders. Working with, rather than against the topography, the scheme includes a collective hill-farming program, community buildings, and a market. Existing wetlands will be improved with aquatic macrophyte plants and intercepted with a network of pedestrian bridges and pathways. Using local materials as well as empowering the local labor force, the Co-op Capacity Building offers cost effective, re-applicable solutions that respect the Rwandan tradition, improved by a contemporary sense of public space aesthetics.