COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Discussions about the future built environment in light of increasing urbanization and the role architecture can play in the urbanization process have led to the creation of a local task force in Mako, a community in West Africa. Accompanied by an international team of university students and in cooperation with our local partner organization, AEERN, the local task force completed a detailed analysis of local building materials and techniques (traditional and recent) over the past two years and clarified wishes and demands the community has for an urban building typology. The task force was then involved in developing detailed plans for an exemplary building that combines traditional and modern ways of building. Upon securing funding, local craftsmen have started the realization of the proposed design and our organization has offered different trainings to familiarize community members with the innovations of the construction project to ensure long-term and independent replication of the building typology in future construction projects.
PARTNERS: l'Association des Élèves et Étudiants Ressortissants de Niokolo (AEERN ), Alanus Hochschule, Bonn, Germany and Columbia University, New York, USA, Various Foundations and Private Donors