“African architecture should stop copying the West, engage the real needs of the people and regard the environment” Francis 

“Africans need to develop their own identity in architecture” Francis Kéré.( )


Umushinga Perpetual Peace Project washinzwe bigendeye ku myumvire yuko nta muntu cg ikigo gishobora kwemeza ko kizi neza icyo ari cyo amahoro.

Muri iki gihe, kimwe no mu gihe cya Immanuel Kant(1724-1804),igitekerezo cy’amahoro ntikirasobanuka kandi gikomeje kubonwa nk’ikinyuranyo cy’intambara. Umushinga wacu ushobora gusobanuka binyujijwe mu gitekerezo cya Kant cyo “kwamamaza”; ubwinshi bw’imyumvire y’iryo jambo budufasha kwerekeza ibiganiro mu byerekezo bitandukanye bifite n’imyumvire itandukanye.

Uyu mushinga utangira wumvikanisha ko igitekerezo cy’amahoro kidashobora gusobanurwa binyujijwe mu muco no muri politiki. Intego y’uyu mushinga ni ukwiga no gusesengura igitekerezo cy’amahoro, uhereye ku myumvire ko nta rurimi rusange rushobora gukoreshwa nk’ururimi fatizo muri icyo kiganiro cy’amahoro. Ku bwizo mpamvu umushinga wacu ufite ingamba uhereye mu bigo bitandukanye,zo gushyiraho uburyo bwo kwongera kwibaza ku gitekerezo cy’amahoro.

Intego z’umushinga ntago ari ugushyiraho amategeko ngenderwaho, ahubwo gutekereza ku mushinga w’amahoro no kwibaza k’uburyo ushobora kugerwaho.Umushinga wacu ntushobora kugerwaho mu buryo bwo gushaka kubona igisobanuro nyacyo, ahubwo buri gisobanuro kigomba kugirana isano n’abantu runaka ndetse n’imigenzereze y’umuco. Ijambo amahoro riganirwaho mu buryo butandukanye bitewe n’abantu batandukanye ndetse n’uburyo babayeho. Mu yandi magambo, ibice bitandukanye by’ibi biganiro n’ imitunganirize yabyo biduha igitekerezo rusange mbere yuko biba.

Ibitekerezo bitandukanye twumvise muri uyu mushinga ku murongo w’ikoranabuhanga wa interineti, mu imurikabikorwa, mu biganiro nyunguranabitekerezo,  byatanze undi mwanya w’ibisobanuro bishoboka. Ibitekerezo  ntibyari bitegerejweho ibisobanuro byimbitse ku  muco w’amahoro ahubwo kugaragariza abitabiriye imurika n’abandi uburyo bwo gusobanura no gusemura amahoro ubwayo.  Uruhare rwa buri wese  rurakenewe muri icyo kiganiro kuko nta muntu wemezako afite ubumenyi buhagije bwerekeye ku gitekerezo  cy’amahoro.


This week the arc box has hosted the exhibition PHOTO PLAY by Mark Robins the Dean of School of  Architecture of Syracuse University. The photos included some homes,  of  Architecture students’ who volunteered and helped to the caption of those pictures that showed their own domestic spaces.

“The hearth within a house could be understood as the site of the first public forum. Domestic space is at once private and public”. Gottfried Semper.

The morning of  26th July 2011,after the Theory class, the pin up in the arcbox and around it of giant adhesives  took place. Aaron Levy the founder of the Perpetual Peace Project is starting together with the arcbox gallery the PERPETUAL PEACE PROJECT interactive exhibition.

This event is going to drive us trough the universal concepts of peace and its relation with architecture and arts. On those adhesives some phrases were written, around the idea of peace extracted from Immanuel Kant’s essay “ Perpetual Peace” and students were invited to translate it into Kinyarwanda. This was a great moment for students as well as for lectures as it is shown on pictures. Everybody was amazed!!!


Delia Wendel a researcher from Harvard University will give a lecture within the subject of Human Settlements next Tuesday, 03.08.2011 at 11am. 
Axonometric drawing of Archigram’s, ‘Plug-In City’ project (1963-4)

PHOTO by Mark Robbins

This Friday July 22 the FAED lecture series, and also the arcbox gallery will host the public lecture and the exhibition PHOTOPLAY, by Mark Robbins.

The Dean of the School of Architecture of Syracuse University, will come to visit us. His lecture and exhibition will show a collection of images of around the world and will drive us trough the global domestic spaces.See you all this friday at 4.30 pm at FAED building.

CINEMA: CITY OF GOD,and the role of urbanism and architecture in the development of a society

City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian Film released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. All the characters existed in reality, and the story is based on real events.  It depicts different stories of the inhabitants of the favela Cidade de deus  in Rio de janeiro, between the end of the ’60s and the beginning of the ’80s. How the environment influences the growth of crime. How the urban fabric, and the architectural design is influenced and influences social relations and networks within neighbors and affect the life of the human beings is a key aspect to learn from. 


This week the arcbox has hosted the Creative Design’s exhibition on the students’ best work .CREATIVE EYE featured works of Painting, Photography, Print Techniques and Free Hand Drawing. It was open till the end of this week. I hope you came and   experienced the artwork from the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, we encourage you to give us your opinion, Here you can see some pictures of the works!