Theme: The Rebirth of Kenyan Architecture – Kenya @ 50 In a span of less than a 100 years, Kenya has transformed magnificently in terms…
In a desolate and harsh landscape, this project is a subtle and thoughtful exemplar of the ability of geometry and proportion, rhythm and repetition to order the world.
Another winner from Lamu. The architect describes it as a finely crafted, uplifting and truly civic building that respects the soul of the stressed and hurrying traveller, and the spirit of place of the historic town near which it is set.
Situated at the Kenyan coast, right on the shore line, this is a truly exceptionally crafted building, nestled with extreme care and a unique sense of flair and daring into its coastal forest setting.
The Architect magazine has featured this project in full in a previous issue. It is a sure winner in its category. It was presented as a compact and appropriately scaled building, with pleasing proportions and sufficient detail for everyday business life.
The project is best described as “a restrained and comforting house that delights through its welcoming scale, calm use of pleasant materials, and generous sense of easy living.
Kenyan architects are working in contexts characterised by poverty, environmental chaos, rapid urbanisation and at times, political violence. Their profession validity is at stake unless the social and physical priorities dictated by these contexts are identified and adopted. The profession’s effective contributions to development and to economically and politically weaker communities must be addressed.
The use of digital technologies has assimilated itself exponentially in the AEC professions. Often, engineering and construction professionals have embraced software in mid and end processes of project delivery. Architects and Landscapers engage these processes as extensions of sketching, modelling and documentation from concept to project delivery.
So- what is in a name? In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, while arguing that the names of things do not matter, only what the things “are”, Juliet quips “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet!” Fortunately, in this much acclaimed play, she lived in an era of nobility where the quintessence of substances mattered, but not so in this age.
It has been indeed a vibrant start of the year and in overall a very successful one. We started the year on a high note with the Excellence in Architecture awards which proved to be quite as success. Jury members were drawn from all over Africa. The Award ceremony was conducted on February 21st 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel after the Chapter AGM and was graced by Ambassador Martin Kimani, permanent representative of Kenya to UN Habitat.
Crime Prevention though Environmental Design (CPTED) is a pro-active crime prevention strategy utilized by planners, architects, police services, security professionals and everyday users of space. It is based on the notion that proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence of crime and improve quality of life.
The National Construction Authority Act No. 41 of 2011 (‘the Act’) establishes the National Construction Authority. In the current government structure, the Authority is placed under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban
The first Real Estate developer company to list at the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Of the three buildings, the Cafeteria is the only one which is not accessed using a flight of steps or sunken into the ground. Its entrance is at the same level with the square. The Cafeteria boasts of a high-ceiling double volume immediately after the entrance door with two spiralling chandeliers on its white ceiling. In front of the entrance is the servery and cashier counter whereas located on First floor and above the kitchen is a second servery, both interconnected by a dump waiter.