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  • Our participatory tool at the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienn!

    2022 is the year of the «Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne», a major cultural event where designers, researchers, intellectuals and art lovers from all over the world come together to question and discuss the practice of design and experiment with its various methods. The 12th edition of the biennale will be running from the 6th of April to 31st of July under theme of "Bifurcations". Bifurcating means to abandon one direction in order to explore another one. Our lives are a series of bifurcations and through this theme, the biennale wants to highlight innovative, inspiring, creative, collective or individual practices that are developed when the unexpected enters our lives and challenges our habits and living environment. According Olivier Peyricot, the scientific director of the Bienniale, “with 7 exhibitions and more than 150 events, the Biennial invites a collective reflection on the capacity of design to accompany these changes. Whether it is a critical and forward-looking tool, an inventive method or a cultural phenomenon, design is being debated in Saint-Étienne.” And guess what? Africa – a continent at the heart of the contemporary ecological and political issues - is the guest of honour of this year’s edition. Inspiring practices from the continent will be the focus of one of the seven exhibitions featuring in the biennale. For us, this event offers the possibility to highlight one of the strategic tools we use in participatory urban planning: the "Design your own house" game board. This object has become an effective way to collect information in a playful way and to overcome language and/or cultural barriers. Visitors will also have the chance to have a closer look at our latest publication “Ng’ambo Atlas, Historic Urban Landscape of Zanzibar Town’s ‘Other Side’”. For more information see the website: https://biennale-design.com/saint-etienne/2022/

  • With a year’s delay the exhibition ‘It happens here’ finally opens its doors to the public

    Can you plan do-it-yourself culture? How do you design a street with the entire neighbourhood? And how do you renew a city without losing the old one? Discover how to make a city together at ‘It happens here.’. ’It happens here.’ is a 30-day long manifestation that celebrates initiative, experiment and interaction in urban planning. With an exhibition and a diverse programme in the monumental Amstelkerk in Amsterdam. Discover how citizens, pioneers, countercultures, architects and city planners are making the new city together. By giving space to self-building and unplanned renewal and by recognising the value of what is originally there, inhabitants remain owners of ‘their’ city. ’It happens here.’ is an initiative of Stadsherstel Amsterdam, African Architecture Matters, Space&Matter, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the City of Amsterdam. The space between the beaten tracks is where it happens. Come by and wander through the stories of the collective city. An important part of the exhibition includes the presentation of the Ng’ambo Atlas, that has been developed by the Government of Zanzibar and AAmatters, and presents the results of the collaboration between Zanzibar, Amsterdam, UNESCO and AAmatters. The Ng’ambo Atlas exhibition was also presented in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2019. In the context of the exhibition, debates and workshops are organised. Welcome to the Amstelkerk from October 29th to November 21th. Specially interested? Join us on the 19th November for a special viewing with the curators and makers of the exhibition! It happens here. October 29th to November 21th Amstelkerk Amsterdam Opening hours exhibition: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 21st November 13:00 -17:00 Free admission For reservations and programme updates, please send an email to: hiergebeurthet@stadsherstel.nl More information here

  • join us in the next Localtalks session!

    Coming Wednesday, Localworks is hosting another of its special online sessions: Localtalks. This time the topic is based on preserving architectural heritage in East Africa. The event discussion will be preceded and guided by two presentations. The first presentation will explore specific examples of architectural heritage in Kampala, Uganda. It will be led by Timothy Latim, an independent photographer and designer who has experience documenting Ugandan heritage buildings. He will share his observations and findings about selected buildings and the roles they have played in society. Following this, the focus will shift to the practicalities behind preserving architectural heritage across East Africa. This angle is to be presented by our own Iga Perzyna and Berend van der Lans. They will share some challenges behind preserving heritage before unpacking potential tools and strategies for implementing preservation in the East African context. Some of the questions that will be brought to the discussion table are: How can you protect a building that is threatened by developments when people are unaware of its historical importance? What type of decision making and management is needed to protect the integrity and cultural significance of existing buildings in the future? How do you prevent an old building from becoming redundant or a financial burden? You can register for the event following this link And click here to find more information on Localtalks and their mission.

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  • Ghana Urban Food Environments | aamatters

    To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Ghana Urban Food Environments under The Netherlands Food Partnership Category Research , Community ​ Period 2021-2022 ​ AAmatters team Franka van Marrewijk ​ Partners /Collaborators Netherlands Food Partnership MDF Ghana Dorcas Ansah (co-lead, WIEGO) Ato Kwamina (ACEC) Benjamin Oforo, Julius-Jayson Botchway and Croden Asare (University of Ghana) Vincent Linderhof (University of Groningen) Stephen Adaawen (University of Groningen) Cecilia Akuley Gyimah (MDF Ghana) Vanessa Nigten (NFP) ​ Relevant links NFP website midterm report ​ tags #urbanplanning #participatory #bottom up #Ghana #markets The Ghanian Urban Food Environments Collective Impact Coalition was launched by a number of engaged professionals from Ghana and the Netherlands, under the stewardship of Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) in 2021. The coalition is represented by a broad range of members including (young) food entrepreneurs, architects, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, government officials, food journalists, agro-ecologists, representatives of market vendors, academics and others. Working collectively, the coalition members collaborate to improve the availability and consumption of healthy diets in Accra, using a food systems approach. NFP works towards boosting transformative approaches for sustainable food systems and healthy diets in low and middle income countries. AAMatters is part of Action Group Two together with a number of other Ghanaian and Dutch members. The focus area of action group two is on the trading and purchasing environment with Ghanian food markets as focus.These are frequented places with healthy food options available for relatively low prices, but often deal with quite some issues in delivering healthy food and healthy working environment. Action Group 2 selected some of the biggest markets in Accra to carry out their research activities, including Agboblosi and Dome market. By looking at markets from a bottom up perspective our group aimed to enhance market organization and working conditions for improved safety, increased healthy food options and market participation. In December 2021 we organized a consultation at the Agbloboshie market and the Dome market in Accra with vendors and market leaders to find out the day to day challenges within their markets. As a next step, a final session with the key stakeholders from the government, sanitation and management officials, market queens and item leaders to discuss the identified issues and work together on practical solutions. In addition, as part of the Erasmus University Community Project, we supported a parallel student research on market places in the Netherlands to find out the similarities and differences between market places in the Netherlands and Ghana. Relevant projects Ng'ambo Housing Research Ng'ambo Tuitakayo back to the projects overview

  • Projects | aamatters

    Publications Research Events Consultancy Urban + Rural planning Exhibitions Education Community Workshops Publications | Research | Events | Consultancy | Urban + Rural Planning | Exhibitions | Education | Community | Workshops Abattoir Casablanca As part of a common programme between the cities of Casablanca – Morocco – and Amsterdam, a book was published that highlights the Casablanca Abattoir’s architecture and the socio-cultural programme that was developed since the factory was closed in 2002... ArchiAfrika Newsletters In the transition period between 2010 and 2012 – when the shift of the ArchiAfrika secretariat to Accra – Ghana was prepared, AAmatters took care of the editing, compiling and distribution of the then bi-monthly magazine... Art and Architecture at Work In the context of the UN Habitat Governing Council Meeting that took place that took place in Nairobi, 15-18 April 2013, a workshop was organised on inclusive urban development in the African urban realm. This workshop was organised in collaboration with the European Commission, the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR - Brussels) as well as GoDown Arts Centre, ArchiAfrika and Wolff Architects... Coen Beeker Coen Beeker is an unsung pioneer in bottom-up and participatory approach to urban planning with over 40 years of experience in Africa. During an international seminar on 23 March 2017, organized in partnership with the African Studies Centre Leiden, the work and thought of Beeker was celebrated. A retrospective glance at his achievements and their benefits for contemporary and future urban planners was taken. The seminar featured speakers from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Zanzibar & the Netherlands. Modern Architecture in Africa Inspired by this experiences as an architect and researcher as well as activist in a variety of locations in Africa since 1985, Antoni Folkers published Modern Architecture in Africa in 2010.The book sets out to link the worlds of traditional site-specific architecture with the Modernist project in Africa which have been considered in isolation to date. Mtoni Palace On the western beach of Zanzibar stand the impressive ruins of a palace. It was the seat of power of Seyyid Said, sultan of East Africa and Oman and it was here that the famous Princess Salme was born. Its name is Mtoni Palace. It was a major building complex on Zanzibar and it stands at the basis of the much admired Zanzibar building tradition. Ng’ambo Atlas After the completion of the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project, the collected material during the mapping phase appeared so rich, that together with the Government of Zanzibar it was decided to make it available for a wider audience. Ghana Urban Food Environments The Ghanian Urban Food Environments Collective Impact Coalition was launched by a number of engaged professionals from Ghana and the Netherlands, under the stewardship of Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) in 2021. The Ng’ambo Atlas @ the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In 2019, Zanzibar and the City of Amsterdam were asked to participate in the Seoul Biennale and present their collaborative project on Ng’ambo, well suited for the theme ‘Collective Cities’. The Ng’ambo Atlas that was produced by the Department of Urban and Rural Planning and AAmatters present the outcomes of the research process in this collaboration with both organisations at the centre. Uganda Museum ‘Keeping It Modern’ AAmatters forms part of the project team of the Uganda Museum ‘Keeping It Modern’ project aiming at developing a conservation management plan for the building. Uganda Museum, designed by the German architect Ernst May and built in 1954, is one of the first purpose-built museums in Africa and one of the first modernist buildings in Kampala. The museum is a popular landmark for local residents and international tourists, but its prime location, coupled with real estate development pressures in... BLUEPRINT FOR MAJESTIC CINEMA CULTURE HUB The history of cinema in Zanzibar goes back to the early 20th century. In its heydays the island was home to three permanent movie theatres visited weekly by hundreds of people hungry for entertainment and curious about the wider world. For a long time, cinemas were one of the few social and cultural venues in town that brought together people from various social backgrounds, ethnicities and genders. Today, of the three purpose-built cinemas only the Majestic Cinema in Vuga, built in 1954... Bayimba Cultural Centre Assessment of a proposed project for a cultural centre on Lubiri, one of the royal hills of Kampala, with a rich and also tragic history. The Bayimba Cultural Centre is a combined music-dance-performing arts initiative, already active for a number of years in Kampala and beyond. Fanjove Lighthouse Fanjove Lighthouse is situated on Fanjove, the outermost island of the Mafia Archipelago, on the southern shores of Tanzania.The lighthouse was built in 1893 by the German colonial authorities, but abandoned at Independence in 1961. Subsequent decay and vandalization led to the building to become seriously endangered in 2013. Institut fur Tropenbau The Institut fur Tropenbau (Institute for Building in the Tropics) was a knowledge centre on building in the tropic, set up by Georg Lippsmeier in the 1960’s. In the 22 years of its active existence, an extensive and valuable library has been built up. This library was inherited by AAmatters and is now being make accessible worldwide in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Learning from Casablanca Casablanca served as laboratory for European architects to experiment with modernist mass housing in the 40’s and 50’s. The visions of modernist architecture spread all over the world, suggesting new structures in housing, work, transport, and leisure. Mtoni Palace On the western beach of Zanzibar stand the impressive ruins of a palace. It was the seat of power of Seyyid Said, sultan of East Africa and Oman and it was here that the famous Princess Salme was born. Its name is Mtoni Palace. It was a major building complex on Zanzibar and it stands at the basis of the much admired Zanzibar building tradition. Ng’ambo Atlas After the completion of the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project, the collected material during the mapping phase appeared so rich, that together with the Government of Zanzibar it was decided to make it available for a wider audience. Ng’ambo Housing Research Since 2013, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, together with African Architecture Matters and other partners, is advancing on the heritage-based regeneration of Ng’ambo following the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach. Ng’ambo Tuitakayo The Government of Zanzibar has recently developed National Spatial Planning Strategies and is in the process of implementing them. One of the key focuses is to develop specific policy and instruments for urban planning and maintenance based on heritage, since Zanzibar has a rich history that is still clearly demonstrated in tangible and intangible forms. ProCredit Ghana ProCredit Ghana is a micro finance bank, supporting many small and medium size businesses and in that sense contributing to the sustainable development of one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Ng’ambo Atlas @ the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In 2019, Zanzibar and the City of Amsterdam were asked to participate in the Seoul Biennale and present their collaborative project on Ng’ambo, well suited for the theme ‘Collective Cities’. The Ng’ambo Atlas that was produced by the Department of Urban and Rural Planning and AAmatters present the outcomes of the research process in this collaboration with both organisations at the centre. Kigali International Forum on Cultur The city of Kigali is growing as a business, convention, tourism and investment destination. Its national, regional and international capital status deserves a cultural offer on par with its economic achievements and ambitions. Adequate central cultural infrastructure for cultural expression and creativity, accessible to creative industries professionals and consumers, can reinforce Rwandan cultural identity and allow Kigali to become a vibrant cultural capital. Accra Revisited The ‘Urban Design Conference on Accra: Accra Revisited’ was organised by ArchiAfrika and DASUDA (Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa) together in February 2015. This conference was seeking to build upon existing development plans and initiatives in Accra and Ghana in order to initiate outcomes that can be built upon and executed in the medium to long term... African Architecture Education Netwo Among the involved architecture schools in the ArchiAfrika network, it was felt that a pan African collaboration among schools would be beneficial for both education and research. Together with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – the organisation behind one of the largest architecture awards in the world, a meeting was organised in Accra, bringing 14 schools together from across the continent, to discuss common grounds and challenges. Art and Architecture at Work In the context of the UN Habitat Governing Council Meeting that took place that took place in Nairobi, 15-18 April 2013, a workshop was organised on inclusive urban development in the African urban realm. This workshop was organised in collaboration with the European Commission, the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR - Brussels) as well as GoDown Arts Centre, ArchiAfrika and Wolff Architects... Coen Beeker Coen Beeker is an unsung pioneer in bottom-up and participatory approach to urban planning with over 40 years of experience in Africa. During an international seminar on 23 March 2017, organized in partnership with the African Studies Centre Leiden, the work and thought of Beeker was celebrated. Finding Stories Within this collaboration the focus was on the heritage based regeneration of Ng’ambo, a less known area just outside of the world famous Stone Town, but equally interesting in historic sense. Next to mapping of the tangible component, it was essential to uncover the cultural and socio-economic framework in the area. Ng’ambo Tuitakayo The Government of Zanzibar has recently developed National Spatial Planning Strategies and is in the process of implementing them. One of the key focuses is to develop specific policy and instruments for urban planning and maintenance based on heritage, since Zanzibar has a rich history that is still clearly demonstrated in tangible and intangible forms Power of Spontaneity Our cities are planned to detail. Urban plans foresee an end product, a final stage. The reality is different, causing friction. Everything changes over time, and so do the demands on the built environment. We need to address this and incorporate flexibility to allow for spontaneous developments. Visionary Urban Africa In the context of the 4th EU-Africa Summit that took place in Brussels on 2 and 3 April 2014, a group of around 40 leading specialists and thinkers from international organisations, pan-African organisations, academia, civil society and the private and public sector gathered in the BOZAR building in the afternoon of 3 April, to discuss what route the EU-Africa collaboration could follow to stimulate inclusive development in the African urban reality. Uganda Museum ‘Keeping It Modern’ AAmatters forms part of the project team of the Uganda Museum ‘Keeping It Modern’ project aiming at developing a conservation management plan for the building. Uganda Museum, designed by the German architect Ernst May and built in 1954, is one of the first purpose-built museums in Africa and one of the first modernist buildings in Kampala. The museum is a popular landmark for... BLUEPRINT FOR MAJESTIC CINEMA CULTURE HUB The history of cinema in Zanzibar goes back to the early 20th century. In its heydays the island was home to three permanent movie theatres visited weekly by hundreds of people hungry for entertainment and curious about the wider world. For a long time, cinemas were one of the few social and cultural venues in town that brought together people from various social backgrounds, ethnicities and genders. Today, of the three purpose-built cinemas only the Majestic Cinema in Vuga, built in 1954... Bayimba Cultural Centre Assessment of a proposed project for a cultural centre on Lubiri, one of the royal hills of Kampala, with a rich and also tragic history. The Bayimba Cultural Centre is a combined music-dance-performing arts initiative, already active for a number of years in Kampala and beyond. Hifadhi Zanzibar Hifadhi Zanzibar is a company that acquires, restores, rents out and manages monumental property in Zanzibar in a sustainable way. The shareholders – all from the local private sector in Zanzibar – receive a modest dividend while the majority of the profits will be used to reinvest in new property. Fanjove Lighthouse Fanjove Lighthouse is situated on Fanjove, the outermost island of the Mafia Archipelago, on the southern shores of Tanzania.The lighthouse was built in 1893 by the German colonial authorities, but abandoned at Independence in 1961 Michenzani Green Corridors During the process of the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project in Zanzibar it became apparent that the development of the Karume and Mlandege Road form a key step into the redevelopment of Ng’ambo – an area that is also designated as the new city centre in the new metropolitan structure plan. Ng’ambo Housing Research Since 2013, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, together with African Architecture Matters and other partners, is advancing on the heritage-based regeneration of Ng’ambo following the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach. North East Unguja Special Area Plan Consultancy to the Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar for the production of a Special Area Plan for the noertheastern coastal strip and facing marine area on Unguja Island. It is the first time that marine and land planning are being combined in one policy and strategy document. ProCredit Ghana ProCredit Ghana is a micro finance bank, supporting many small and medium size businesses and in that sense contributing to the sustainable development of one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Zanzibar Local Area Plans The Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar has taken up the task of producing Local Area Plans for specific areas on Pemba and Unguja islands. This is the first time in history that these areas have become subject of any planning activity. Dak’art Workshop and Exhibition African public space may well provide successful solutions for public space challenges in the West – was the conclusion of the jury of the Blueprints of Paradise competition, developed by the Afrika Museum and AAmatters in 2010. Michenzani Green Corridors During the process of the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project in Zanzibar it became apparent that the development of the Karume and Mlandege Road form a key step into the redevelopment of Ng’ambo – an area that is also designated as the new city centre in the new metropolitan structure plan. North East Unguja Special Area Plan Consultancy to the Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar for the production of a Special Area Plan for the noertheastern coastal strip and facing marine area on Unguja Island. It is the first time that marine and land planning are being combined in one policy and strategy document. Ng’ambo Tuitakayo The Government of Zanzibar has recently developed National Spatial Planning Strategies and is in the process of implementing them. One of the key focuses is to develop specific policy and instruments for urban planning and maintenance based on heritage, since Zanzibar has a rich history that is still clearly demonstrated in tangible and intangible forms. Zanzibar Local Area Plans The Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar has taken up the task of producing Local Area Plans for specific areas on Pemba and Unguja islands. This is the first time in history that these areas have become subject of any planning activity. The Ng’ambo Atlas @ the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In 2019, Zanzibar and the City of Amsterdam were asked to participate in the Seoul Biennale and present their collaborative project on Ng’ambo, well suited for the theme ‘Collective Cities’. The Ng’ambo Atlas that was produced by the Department of Urban and Rural Planning and AAmatters present the outcomes of the research process in this collaboration with both organisations at the centre. Blueprints of Paradise Together with the Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal in the Netherlands, AAmatters organised an international design contest for African architects and designers. They were asked to produce a blueprint for the Africa of the future. Coen Beeker Coen Beeker is an unsung pioneer in bottom-up and participatory approach to urban planning with over 40 years of experience in Africa. During an international seminar on 23 March 2017, organized in partnership with the African Studies Centre Leiden, the work and thought of Beeker was celebrated. Dak’art Workshop and Exhibition African public space may well provide successful solutions for public space challenges in the West – was the conclusion of the jury of the Blueprints of Paradise competition, developed by the Afrika Museum and AAmatters in 2010. Learning from Casablanca Casablanca served as laboratory for European architects to experiment with modernist mass housing in the 40’s and 50’s. The visions of modernist architecture spread all over the world, suggesting new structures in housing, work, transport, and leisure. Maputopia Maputo is close to being an architectural and urban utopia. Maputo as Utopia. MAPUTOPIA celebrates Maputo’s wonderful architectural qualities through a mapping exercise of its past, present and its possible future: another 125 years of architectural pride. Stars of Dar Stars of Dar projects an inventory of buildings and public spaces which play an important role in the city and represent what Dar es Salaam stands for. The presented buildings and spaces have been selected through interviews with key members and architects of Dar’s society. Dak’art Workshop and Exhibition African public space may well provide successful solutions for public space challenges in the West – was the conclusion of the jury of the Blueprints of Paradise competition, developed by the Afrika Museum and AAmatters in 2010. Learning from Casablanca Casablanca served as laboratory for European architects to experiment with modernist mass housing in the 40’s and 50’s. The visions of modernist architecture spread all over the world, suggesting new structures in housing, work, transport, and leisure. Maputopia Maputo is close to being an architectural and urban utopia. Maputo as Utopia. MAPUTOPIA celebrates Maputo’s wonderful architectural qualities through a mapping exercise of its past, present and its possible future: another 125 years of architectural pride. Stars of Dar Stars of Dar projects an inventory of buildings and public spaces which play an important role in the city and represent what Dar es Salaam stands for. The presented buildings and spaces have been selected through interviews with key members and architects of Dar’s society. Ghana Urban Food Environments The Ghanian Urban Food Environments Collective Impact Coalition was launched by a number of engaged professionals from Ghana and the Netherlands, under the stewardship of Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) in 2021. Michenzani Green Corridors During the process of the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project in Zanzibar it became apparent that the development of the Karume and Mlandege Road form a key step into the redevelopment of Ng’ambo – an area that is also designated as the new city centre in the new metropolitan structure plan. Ng’ambo Housing Research Since 2013, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, together with African Architecture Matters and other partners, is advancing on the heritage-based regeneration of Ng’ambo following the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach. Ng’ambo Tuitakayo The Government of Zanzibar has recently developed National Spatial Planning Strategies and is in the process of implementing them. One of the key focuses is to develop specific policy and instruments for urban planning and maintenance based on heritage, since Zanzibar has a rich history that is still clearly demonstrated in tangible and intangible forms. Kigali International Forum on Cultur The city of Kigali is growing as a business, convention, tourism and investment destination. Its national, regional and international capital status deserves a cultural offer on par with its economic achievements and ambitions. Adequate central cultural infrastructure for cultural expression and creativity, accessible to creative industries professionals and consumers, can reinforce Rwandan cultural identity and allow Kigali to become a vibrant cultural capital. Ng’ambo Housing Research Since 2013, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, together with African Architecture Matters and other partners, is advancing on the heritage-based regeneration of Ng’ambo following the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach. Ng’ambo Tuitakayo The Government of Zanzibar has recently developed National Spatial Planning Strategies and is in the process of implementing them. One of the key focuses is to develop specific policy and instruments for urban planning and maintenance based on heritage, since Zanzibar has a rich history that is still clearly demonstrated in tangible and intangible forms. Stars of Dar Stars of Dar projects an inventory of buildings and public spaces which play an important role in the city and represent what Dar es Salaam stands for. The presented buildings and spaces have been selected through interviews with key members and architects of Dar’s society. back to the top

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    RESEARCH & ACTION FOR THE AFRICAN BUILT ENVIRONMENT African Architecture Matters is a not-for-profit consultancy working with the African built environment in the fields of heritage, planning, research and education. ​ We are particularly concerned with the question of how to manage and develop the dynamically changing built environment with respect to the community, culture and history. By collaborating with people and organisations from various disciplines we explore and develop multidisciplinary strategies and interventions that respond to that question. read more projects team network Featuring News With a year’s delay the exhibition ‘It happens here’ finally opens its doors to the public join us in the next Localtalks session! It happens here! - podcast series available online Roleplaying for playgrounds at the RISE Africa 2021 Action Festival! AAmatters Library The 3D version of the Ng’ambo Atlas in Seoul! Ng'ambo Atlas book launch in Zanzibar Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture | CCA The long anticipated Ng’ambo Atlas is finally out! Recent news Our participatory tool at the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienn! Search By CAtegories Publication (8) 8 posts Research (6) 6 posts Event (21) 21 posts Exhibition (11) 11 posts Presentation (16) 16 posts Education (4) 4 posts Consultancy (1) 1 post Community (5) 5 posts Workshop (5) 5 posts Urban planning (6) 6 posts Search By Tags collaboration festival heritage online workshop participatory design playgrounds podcast rise africa roleplay sustainable urban future talks tanzania Uganda urban zanzibar Featuring projects Ng’ambo Atlas After the completion of the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project, the collected material during the mapping phase appeared so rich, that together BLUEPRINT FOR MAJESTIC CINEMA CULTURE HUB The history of cinema in Zanzibar goes back to the early 20th century. In its heydays the island was home to three permanent movie theatres Uganda Museum ‘Keeping It Modern’ AAmatters forms part of the project team of the Uganda Museum ‘Keeping It Modern’ project aiming at developing a conservation

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