Bridging the gaps in the practice of architecture in remote parts of Africa (Part 2)

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: the key to cost effective and structurally sound construction in remote regions I have been working in the field of architecture and construction for over 5 years in remote parts of Central Africa, specifically the Great Lakes Region. Repeatedly, I’ve observed that the greatest barrier to building a safe structure is …

Bridging the gaps in the practice of architecture in remote parts of Africa (Part 1)

Gaps between Expertise and Contextual Knowledge In 2016 I was offered a construction supervision position at a university in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was going to supervise the structural retrofit, remediation and construction of the university’s core academic and administrative facility designed to accommodate a 2400-seat auditorium, classrooms and offices. The building had …

Container Houses

Office unit for an electric company in Congo (DRC) Two high cube 40ft containers are used for this project to provide a co-working space for 15 people and a boardroom for 8 people. There is a a large porch that can be fully enclosed with adjustable shutters. There is also a toilet addition made of …

Lamps

I like a house that is well lit and when that is not the case I find myself making lamps. I designed this lamp in school. I was inspired but the stages of enlightenment in Buddhism after I did a study on the Borobudur temple. Genesis 1:2-4: Now the earth was formless and void, and …