Housing improvement strategies have gone through different eras (slum tenement, modernist block, public housing etc), changing hands from public to private to market forces and drawing in various debates such environmental sustainability and climate change. To understand housing, it should be analysed in relation to the “social process of its production, exchange and consumption, and in relation to the many class-based interests tied to the commodity cycle”.
...The definition of fine Art is not a constant, it varies from culture to culture. The same can be said about the definition of Architecture it has not been static. Today, various schools of Architecture are sometimes grouped together with schools of engineering, or with schools of fine art, while in other scenarios they are set apart from the pack to realize their own artistic lineage linked but not directly controlled by a philosophy of fine art.
“Giving tribute to the ‘man of an age.’ A pioneer, whose grace was not carried to another. This building stands in its own poise. The luster on its lurking steel bars and bruised concrete all atone to its power. It carries old stories which you will only hear if you wait long enough. Within each detail, each innovation, the shading elements, the grills, all spelling out innovation, technological stance. This structure makes a statement on technology in its own unbreakable toughness. Its beauty is not hidden from even a wavering eye.
Across the fabric of time, edifices have been built to emulate mankind’s devotion to a super human entity. Works from legendary artists that have dominated history as some of the most beautiful, intriguing, and venerated symbols of humanity’s religious beliefs; Santa Maria del Fiore by Brunelleschi, the Sistine Chapel paintings by Michelangelo and Botticelli, The Jubilee Church by Richard Meier, The Orthodox Church in China and the Anglican Church in Mityana, Uganda.
Project: Salaama Vocational Educational Centre
Architect: FBW Architects and Engineers
Qn: What did you love about the architecture of the place?
It is remote. It is beautiful. It is intimate. And at over 2,000 metres above sea level, it is Uganda’s highest lodge. Since it opened, this small, remote lodge continues to win prizes, awards and accolades both internationally and locally.
The Immediate Past President of the Uganda Society of Architects, Arch. Dr. Kenneth Ssemwogerere, giving comments about Rwanda architecture pioneers final thesis presentation in 2012-2013 academic year.
Who, in Uganda, is not familiar with the mud and wattle hut? It is the most indeginous house for most, if not all, tribes in the country. Even though modernity dictates that the hut be phased out, it is still built especially in the rural areas.