Since 2009 Bruce Engel has been working as Project Manager on the design and construction of a “Women’s Opportunity Center” (WOC) for Women for Women International (WfWI) in Kayonza, Rwanda.

The campus of 20 buildings on 1 hectare that make up the WOC provide a place for WfWI to train local women in various vocational job skills. An aspect of this job training was facilitated by the construction of the center itself where in late 2010, Bruce trained 200+ women in the art of brick making. Since then, the women have been producing the 500,000 bricks needed for the construction of their Center. Late last year, the construction of the center commenced.

The arctalk will take place on the construction site and will focus on construction related issues: methods of construction, use of materials, construction sequencing and detailing, along with an overview of the design of the center and the various technologies incorporated into the site.
The contractors will also be participating in the lecture, to share their point of view on the project and will be available for questions as we tour the site.
There will be transport provided by KIST to attend the lecture. 
Please sign up to partecipate. Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
If you are interested please send an email with your name to

The arctalk and site visit will take place Wednesday 30th May 2012
We will departure from FAED building at 1.30pm. 
The arctalk and site visit will start at 3.00pm in Kayonza, in the construction site of Women for Women Women’s Opportunity Center on the road to Tanzania.



Welcome to a SECRET CINEMA event

Cities on Speed, GLOBAL VISIONS FOR an urban FUTURE is a documentary project commissioned by The Danish Film Institute and the national broadcaster DR . The project is a series of four films – Bogotà Change, Mumbai Disconnected, Cairo Garbage, Shanghai Space-, selected through a call for submissions, directed by four different filmmakers who tell character-based stories on four of the world’s largest megacities: Bogotá, Cairo, Mumbai and Shanghai.

We started with Cairo, looking at the disparties between the cities waste management plan and its increasing population. We then moved onto Mumbai ,focusing on the cities choked transport network and the various actors which moved along with, inbetween and at the edges of the stifling flow of traffic, and finally to Shanghai and its inability to find space for its inhabitants, with ideas for a subterreanean city.

'BOGOTA CHANGE' will be the last of this series. This will be shown on 22nd May at 8pm , at CINESTAR cinema in Nyamirambo. (Running time is 58 minutes).

This film will be preceded by Melbourne based filmmaker, Nora Niassari's 'Under the Bridge'. A visual study charting the impact of 'the consequences of the Lebanese Civil War on Beirut’s public transportation'. This short documentary succintly captures the pervasively destructive and invasive nature of large scale infrastructural insertions. (Running time is 28 minutes)

TOTAL - 1h 40 minutes.

BOGOTA CHANGE - 'A vaccine against crime. Weapons melted down for baby cutlery. »Bogotá Change« is the story of two charismatic mayors, Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa who, with unorthodox methods, in less than 10 years turned one of the world's most dangerous, violent and corrupt capitals into a peaceful model city populated by caring citizens. With Mockus and Peñalosa and key members of their staff as first hand witnesses, the film uncovers the ideas, philosophies and strategies that underlie the changes in Bogotá and which are now being exported to cities worldwide.'    Danish Film Institute

These films are in conjunction with KIST Urban Design Studio Year 4 and there will be a short introduction by tutor Killian Doherty. The future intention is that this film series relating to architecture and urban design will be screened to the public at KIST.

Entry is 1500 RWF per person to subsidise free entry for the KIST Students. Your support is enabling these students exposure to resources not readily available at KIST and we thank you for your patronage.


It is our pleasure to invite you to the next arctalk and of the department of Architecture in FAED.
This next Wednesday May 16th the arctalks guest will be Edward Kyazze Head of Division for Housing, Urban Planning and Development in Rwanda Housing Authority, Ministry of Infrastructure. In this talk he will attempt to assess the current status of housing planning, production and implementation (supply and demand issues) in Rwanda but in particular on an urban context.

The talk Rwanda Housing authority:strategic approaches for an adequate housing, will also identify the existing problems and challenges in the housing industry while presenting some of the strategic mechanisms to such demanding issues in a bid to ensure production of adequate and affordable low and medium-income housing on an urban-wide scale.

The lecture will take place this next Wednesday May 16th at 5.00 pm at FAED building, studio 3rd year. Please, find attached the flyer,

We hope to find you all there.