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    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. Show More 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. Show More 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. Show More 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. Show More 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. Show More 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. Show More 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. Show More 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. Show More back to the top 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. Show More

  • Learning from Casablanca | aamatters

    Learning from Casablanca CategorY , , Research Education Exhibition ​ Period 2010 - 2011 ​ AAmatters team Belinda van Buiten Berend van der Lans Antie Kaan Andrea Kurzbein Brendan Culley Ivan Thung Elena Catani Jeroen van der Drift ​ Partners /Collaborators Casamemoire College Superieure de l’architecture de Casablanca University Hassan 2 University of Utrecht – Social Geography Department TU Delft – Architecture Stimuleringsfonds Netherlands Architecture Institute ​ Relevant links facebook page NAi article Archdaily article Local news article Vimeo video Thesis Brendan Culley Thesis Andrea Kurzbein ​ tags #placemaking #spontaneous city #adaptation #urban planning #public space #social architecture #architecture without architects 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. The spatial structure in Casablanca has been extremely transformed and appropriated by the inhabitants over time to respond to the requirements and aspirations of everyday life. A multi-disciplinary study was undertaken with schools and their students from Morocco and the Netherlands in a co-production between the team of Casamemoire, consisting of Abderrahim Kassou and Laure Augereau and the team of AAmatters. The College Superieure de l'Architecture de Casablanca was represented by its director Abdelmoumen Benabdeljalil and Karim Rouissi, while Prof. Tom Avermaete was leading the research team from Delft. The study focused on the spontaneous adaptation that took place in Casablanca and what was at the basis of the fact that it often resulted in socio-cultural and economic successes. The results were presented in an exhibition at the Sacre Coeur in Casablanca in November 2011, in connection with the African Perspectives conference that was organised by ArchiAfrika and the Ecole Superieure de l’Architecture of Casablanca. A series of debates focused on the possibilities that this could bring to contemporary city planning. Relevant projects Abattoir Casablanca Power of Spontaneity Ng’ambo Atlas back to the projects overview

  • ProCredit Ghana | aamatters

    ProCredit Ghana CategorY Research ​ Period 2012 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans ​ Partners /Collaborators ProCredit Ghana ​ tags #sustainability #environment #energy Relevant projects Bayimba Cultural Centre 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. ​ ProCredit takes its catalyst position serious and is not limited to finance when it comes to sustainability. Their new head offices, developed along Nsawam Road in Accra and designed by MultiCad Consulting Architects, Planners & Engineers Ltd., has been developed aiming at minimising environmental impact and maximising energy efficiency. African Architecture Matters executed an assessment for ProCredit to counter check the measurements and optimise the scheme. The assessment resulted in additional recommendations for passive energy savings, localised sourcing of materials and minimising maintenance costs. ​ The proposed measurements, in addition to the design, will minimise environmental impact, but also result in a financially efficient building. back to the projects overview

  • mh | aamatters

    Marloes Hamelink I am inspired by the social meaning of material and immaterial matters cultural anthropologist / qualitative researcher Marloes Hamelink is a cultural anthropologist and works as a researcher on Zanzibar since 2010. She focuses on human interaction in several daily life situations. She is interested in how a community functions and what social implications of material and immaterial matters mean to its user. The themes media, morality, gender and everyday religion inspire her in her work in both anthropology and journalism. She works with qualitative research methods to create a thorough understanding of the research participants. projects involved In the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo Project I had the opportunity to work with African Architecture Matters. I was inspired by the lived experience of the neighbourhoods by its inhabitants and the several meanings of intangibles of the buildings and maps. I am excited to continue working on the social aspects of architecture and urban development. back to the team overview

  • antk | aamatters

    antie kaan Working for African Architecture Matters is meeting people from all over the world with all the same goal: making the world a better place. project and mediatheque support Antie Kaan has worked and lived in Africa and has extensive experience in architecture. In working as a volunteer first for ArchiAfrika and currently for AAM she combines her love for Africa with her interest in the built environment. She supports the organisation by looking after the library and helping organizing several events. projects involved Besides taking care of the library/mediatheque of AAM she worked on different projects. She curated the exhibition ‘Urban Fields’ which was part of the project on Coen Beeker and the Beeker Method. She was also extensively involved in the organisation of the exhibition on Learning from Casablanca . back to the team overview

  • gabriel | aamatters

    gabriel During those months I felt like we planted a seed somewhere between the Michenzani Blocks. It makes me feel really excited to see that the seed seems to start growing into a plant! a Steven Zijlstra (28), holding a Master’s degree (ir./MSc.) in Real Estate and Housing from the Delft University of Technology. After my graduation in 2015 I had the chance to work on the housing research at AA Matters. Since June 2015, I work at Diepenhorst de Vos and Partners in The Hague as a project manager / (delegated) project developer. My main focus lies on the redevelopment of shopping center Colmschate, Deventer (Holland). I am passionate about redevelopment projects in a complex context, to improve that context while representing the desires of the client. My field of expertise is project (re)development, project management and real estate finance. projects involved Housing Strategies in a Historic Urban Landscape I researched the housing strategies and did a feasibility study to densify the Neighbourhood of Ng’ambo while respecting its tangible and intangible heritage, which eventually resulted in the Ng’ambo Housing Action Plan. I really enjoyed my time in Zanzibar and Tanzania. Great and dedicated people, good fun. During those months I felt like we planted a seed somewhere between the Michenzani Blocks. It makes me feel really excited to see that the seed seems to start growing into a plant! Another moment I can remember and cherish was the signing session of the shareholder meeting of Hifadhi Zanzibar. A big moment and such a good initiative for Zanzibar City. back to the team overview

  • SBI 2019 mapembeani | aamatters

    Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism - collective city - 2019 QR section Additional information and QR support MAPEMBEANI PLAYGROUND Ng’ambo 에서 최초로 건축된 놀이터Mapembeani (‘커다란 그네에서’)는1947년 7월 대영제국 토지사무관 에릭 듀톤(Eric Dutton)에 의해서 시작된 당시 영국정부의 주택보급프로그램으로 계획된 Mwembetanga지역의 도시변환 중 그 일부분이었다. 이 놀이터에는 미끄럼틀, 손으로 돌리는 크고 작은 회전목마들, 그네와 시소같은 놀이기구들이 있었고, 이 지역 밖의 사람들까지도 즐겨 이용했다. 연세 높은 주민들에 의하면, 매일 아이들은 무리를 지어서 Ng’ambo 주변에서 놀 수 있는 새로운 곳들을 찾아 다녔고, 아주 오랫동안 Mapembeani는 제일 선호되는 놀이터였다.이 놀이터가 원주민 구역으로 알려진 곳 중심지에 위치해 있었던 관계로, 여기서 놀던 아이들은 주로 아프리카, 아랍, 코모로제도 혹은 인도 태생들이었다. 영국 태생과 인도 상류층의 아이들도 그곳에서 놀았는지는 알려져 있지 않다. 혹자는 이 놀이터가 원래 영국 공무원 자녀들을 위해서 만들어졌다고 한다. 여하튼, Mwembetanga에 사는 연세 높은 주민들의 이야기는 이 점에 있어서 분명하게 차이가 있다. 이와 비슷한 회전목마들이 Raha Leo 에도 만들어 졌고. 그리고 Kisiwandui 지역에 있던 놀이터는 the Cable and Wireless 전신회사 건물들 중 한 곳 가까이에 세워졌던 관계로 그 이름을 따서 흔히 무선(the Wireless)이라고 불렸다. Mwembetanga에 있던 놀이터는 부실 관리로 인해서 1968년 해체되었다. 감독없이 방치된 놀이장비가 많은 부상건수를 초래했다고 혹자는 주장한다. 이런 이유 때문인지, 병원 가까이에 위치했던Raha Leo 와 Wireless 놀이터는 좀 더 오래 운영되었다 (1970년까지). Raha Leo와 Kisiwandui 에 존재하던 놀이터들이 있었던 곳은 이제 빈 택지이고 그 자취를 알아 볼 수 없지만, Mwembetanga에 위치한 Mapembeani 놀이터는 개발되지 않은 채 남아 있어서 현재도 아이들이 축구를 하는 장소로 이용하고 있다. MAPEMBEANI PLAYGROUND Mapembeani (‘at the big swings’), the first playground ever built in Ng’ambo, was part of the British housing scheme – the planned urban transformation of Mwembetanga by the British land officer Eric Dutton started in July 1947. The playground included a slide, large and small hand-powered merry-go-rounds, swings and a seesaw, and attracted visitors even from outside the area. According to older inhabitants, groups of children used to wander around Ng’ambo in search of new places to play every day, and for a long time Mapembeani was one of their favourite destinations. Since the playground was located in the middle of an area that was at the time regarded as a native quarter, children there were predominantly of African, Arab, Comorian or Indian descent. It is not known whether children of British descent and of the Indian upper-classes played there as well. Some say that the playground was originally built for the children of British civil servants. However, the older inhabitants of Mwembetanga differ quite markedly on this matter in their stories. Similar merry-go-rounds were built at Raha Leo and in Kisiwandui close to one of the offices of the Cable and Wireless telegraph company, which lent its name to the playground commonly referred to as the Wireless. The playground in Mwembetanga was dismantled in 1968, due to lack of maintenance. Some claim that the unsupervised equipment resulted in a large number of injuries. This might also be the reason why the playgrounds at Raha Leo and Wireless – which were located nearby dispensaries – were maintained a little longer (until 1970). The empty plots left by the playgrounds in Raha Leo and Kisiwandui are no longer discernible, but that of Mapembeani in Mwembetanga remains undeveloped and is currently used by children for playing football.

  • sb | aamatters

    Sarah Benbouazza architect / urban planner / intern Architecture, marketing, communication and costs need to work interdependently back to the team overview Sarah is a student in Architecture and Urbanism. She was born in Morocco and completed her bachelor degree at the National School of Architecture of Nancy in France. ​ Currently she is involved in an Erasmus exchange and studying at the National Architecture school of Granada in Spain. ​ During her studies she has done 3 internships in Morocco: ARTEO agency – Taoufik Al Oufir, Atelier d’architecture et d’urbanisme – Nourredine Basset & Beloeuvre construccion company. She also successfully completed her internship in Amsterdam, where she worked with ArchitecturePlus as basis on various projects for AAmatters (for Hifadhi Zanzibar), Stadsherstel and Atelier A1 (on the Sacre Coeur in Casablanca). projects involved Lebanon Brothers building ​ 'As a trainee I’ve had the opportunity to work for AAmatters on the Lebanon Brothers building in Stone Town in Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This project was one of the potential first projects for Hifadhi Zanzibar . ​ I have learned how important it is to balance all the aspects of a project, from design to technique to acoustics to economics, and not just the architectural image, as we learn at school. Architecture, marketing, communication and costs need to work interdependently.'

  • Kigali International Forum on Cultural S | aamatters

    Kigali International Forum on Cultural Spaces Category , Event Workshop ​ Period 2019 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans ​ Partners /Collaborators Rwanda Arts Initiative BOZAR [bozar.be] University of Rwanda Uganda Martyrs University University of Cape Town ​ Relevant links Bozar activities Rwanda Arts Initiative For registration ​ tags #culture #creativeindustry #exchange #adaptivereuse #creativenetwork #urbanplanning #culturalmapping #culturalinfrastructure #businessmodels 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. The international forum is initiated to discuss the role of culture in the urban environment, the challenges existing in Kigali in particular, and the opportunities offered by adaptive reuse of abandoned buildings. The forum is organized by and with Rwandan stakeholders along with invited multidisciplinary expertise from the continent and beyond, who all share a belief that culture and creativity are essential in the urban construct, as drivers for development. The forum thus brings together stakeholders from the creative, the public and the private sector and also includes a public cultural event. The forum addresses the role of cultural infrastructure in sustainable urban development, and the essential role that adaptive re-use of existing buildings plays in this. After the presentations of key reference cases from the continent and beyond, the forum focuses on the recently-vacated Kigali buildings and how they could become an important node in the cultural infrastructure of the city. What is the potential and how can such a project become feasible? A feasibility study presenting adaptive re-use and management models based on fruitful mixes of cultural and commercial uses. Various scenarios, developed in a workshop with students from Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa are illustrating this. The forum's ultimate aim is to lead to an agenda for the creation of a cultural infrastructure. The programme includes a keynote presentation from Porf. Lesley Lokko from the University of Johannesburg, presentations from representatives from the Rwandan creative sector, with among others actress Carole Karemera, architect Christian Benimana, filmmaker Joel Karekezi, fashion designer Cedric Mizero, cultural entrepreneur Amin Gafaranga, choreographer Wesley Ruzibiza, poet/slam artist Lion King, visual artist Epa Binamungu and presentations from reference projects from Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Hamburg, Lagos, Douala, Accra and Brussels. ​ AAmatters is involved in the programming of the workshop and forum, in research, developing a feasibility study for adaptive reuse for a cultural centre, including a business model. Relevant projects Art & Architecture at work Visionary Urban Africa Hifadhi Zanzibar Abattoir Casablanca Bayimba Cultural Centre back to the projects overview

  • Maputopia | aamatters

    Maputopia CategorY , Education Exhibition ​ Period 2010 - 2012 ​ AAmatters team Belinda van Buiten Antoni Folkers Rachel Jenkins ​ Partners /Collaborators Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Eduardo Mondlane University – Maputo Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft Royal Embassy of the Kindom of the Netherlands - Maputo ​ Relevant links Maputopia blog Maputopia facebook page ​ ​ tags #heritage #past #present #future #urban planning #architecture #art #cityscapes 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. Maputo, and in particular the ‘Baixa’, is currently subject to many changes, mostly due to booming economic development which challenge the built heritage of the city. This rapid development provokes a reaction to protect these buildings and urban landscape. Students and tutors of the Architecture Schools of Maputo, Pretoria (South Africa) and Delft (The Netherlands) have jointly researched and redesigned parts of the ‘Baixa de Maputo’. This pioneering international academic exchange was a true success: The individual projects submitted by the students are of high quality and the level of mutual learning has been tremendous. Dino and Humberto, Maputo born artists, have built numerous models of iconic and typical cityscapes and buildings of Maputo. Their models, carefully collected by the Dutch biologist Bernard Groosjohan, celebrate Maputo’s architecture of the past and the present. Relevant projects Stars of Dar Dak’art Workshop and Exhibition back to the projects overview

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