Four projects in each region receive an Acknowledgement prize. Wonjoon Han, Sookhee Yuk and Gahee Van from South Korea developed new architectural structures to enhance the viability of shea butter processing in Ghana. The team of TAMassociati from Italy is giving the African continent an artistic voice that will be heard around the world through their building for Maisha Film Labs in Kampala, Uganda. At the campus of the Miracle for Africa Foundation in Lilongwe, Malawi, Steven Holl from the USA proposes a new library to be built by the local workforce. Finally, Andrew Amara from Uganda is planning a new children’s department in the Center for Nodding Disease in Odek, Uganda.Read more »
The playful and colorful explosion of forms in the project illustrate its focus as a space for children in the Center for Nodding Disease in Odek, Uganda. The building is planned as the second phase of a larger complex dedicated to the care of children with Nodding isease, an affliction about which little is known but is widespread in Uganda. This “playground-as-campus” is the result of a participatory design process that incorporates the formal vernacular of traditional architecture as filtered through the drawings of its future inhabitants. The buildings will be constructed using local labor and traditional techniques with the aim of showcasing a post-conflict architecture, allowing inhabitants to rebuild their lives and homes.
The jury greatly appreciated the “Alice Through the Looking-Glass” strategy of tilting, coloring, and exaggerating the vernacular architecture of the region into something both new and exuberant. Further appreciation was given to the consideration the project gives not just to its main inhabitants but to using the project as a catalyst for community rebuilding after decades of war and displacement. By building up social and physical infrastructure and keeping the project by means of local ownership, the project is a contribution to the healing not just of children affected by Nodding Disease but of the village community as a whole.
Local financing model for sustainable building process and maintenance regime
The financing model is a combination of stakeholder inputs. The engagement built a sense of ownership among the local residents, and these families and local leaders have donated land for the project and are making bricks for the construction phase. The local government is giving policy and installations support, the core structural components be funded by Hope for Humans NGO, the maintenance and operation costs are bore by the community, while central government has pledged support for several medical functions. In order to lower material and logistic costs all materials are locally sourced. The design provides for exibility to meet the changing needs of the society in the future. The training center and form is a reinterpretation of the village huts, and the savannah landscape.
Local participation allows the design scheme to evolve during design and construction
We asked children and families in Odek, to identify key spatial challenges and preferred solutions: we uncovered the values of communal space, the history of round rooms (huts), the traditions of grass thatching roofing. The building form and materials are a reaction of the vernacular architecture and available materials. Soil is used to made the bricks, local eucalyptus trees provide all construction wood, plaster is made from a soil and cow-dung mix, local grass for the thatch roof and the stones are assembled to create a floor slab. The project is therefore a revival and reinterpretation of long forgotten techniques. Through participation architecture ceases to be just a pencil on paper, and becomes a process that responses to community need.
Local innovation gives a contemporary twist to age-old building techniques and cultures
Local techniques have been employed in a contemporary way to minimize negative impact on the environment. The building will show that natural techniques can achieve comfort: rainwater is collected from the roof and reused in the toilets, storm water is channeled to the demonstration gardens, the roof pitch can accommodate solar panels for lighting needs, the orientations, openings allow for cross ventilation, while several thick walls are located to use thermal mass to release heat on cool nights. Efficient appliances are proposed for the toilets so that less water is used. The greening of the roof extends to the ground, creating a building-agriculture that contributes to the micro climate of the semi-arid area. These local strategies birth forth a new meaning of green building.See more
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