The Other Side : interplay of cultures Zanzibar Studio 2018, Master's level course in Architecture

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | C2 Toimitettu kirja, kokoomateos, konferenssijulkaisu tai lehden erikoisnumero
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Aalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE, 9/2018
How does the potential rise of the sea level affect a small island like Zanzibar? How can a city become more resilient against seasonal flooding through architectural solutions? What is the vital power of shade in an equator climate? How to sustainably prepare for future densifying urban areas and accelerating population growth through planning and regulating? These are some of the questions we hope to offer insight to between these covers. In February 2018, the multidisciplinary architecture design studio Interplay of Cultures took 13 Aalto students to Zanzibar. The main focus of the studio is architectural design in developing countries. The work of this year's team presented in this publication will guide the reader through ten individual projects covering scales from global to local and public to private. Moving from global environmental future to someone's home porch - a "baraza" - these ten projects create a deeply intertwined network of urban development proposals for Ng'ambo, the new city center of Zanzibar. Five months of research, fieldwork and project development has focused on the core themes of environmental resilience, community empowerment through public space and housing for future urbanisation. Research and project development was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Urban and Rural Planning of Zanzibar, Zanzibar City authorities as well as local university students and the residents of Zanzibar.
interplay of cultures, humanitarian architecture and development, global sustainability
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