How can architects solve the slum dilemma

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”.

Where the grey line cuts between Fine Art and Architecture in Ugandan practice

...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.

The Old-Technology Building, Makerere University Kampala

“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.

Uganda National Mosque

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.

Namugongo Museum: Uganda’s architecture too needs Martyrs

For their refusal to renounce Christianity, thirty-two young men of the Catholic and Anglican faiths were – on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda – burned to death on June 3, 1886 at Namugongo. As a tribute to them, a shrine designed by Swiss architect Justus Dahinden was built – in 1973 – at the place the martyrs were killed. Namugongo martyrs’ shrine is a worthy tribute, an architectural land mark.
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