arctalk's empowerment by design series continues with

Thomas Aquilina, RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Winner, who will share his
experience and research "The resiliencies and possibilities of the modern African city."

date   :  Wednesday, March 20 at 5:00 pm
Venue:  Ground Floor studios at FAED on KIST’s campus

The African [popular] city is open to endless and imminent possibilities for transformation or change. In urban environments often termed “informal” these cities become fundamentally critical subjects, not as a process of accelerated urbanisation, but because they offer a radically different way of being.
2012 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholar, Thomas Aquilina, is developing further an investigation he started in a university thesis based on Mathare in Nairobi,The street that opens onto somewhere.

 His current research traces the intersections and movements of [popular] African economies: a complex interplay of urban relationships, actors and practices across a number of African cities.Thomas will explore an everyday experience of architecture and offer some extraordinary moments from his research observations and methods in Cairo, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Kigali.


Please join Wambete Soita, Head of Architecture, and FAED's Cultural and Outreach Committee for this Wednesday's arcfilm continuing our semester's Empowerment by Design series.  We'll be screening Haiti Redux: A Study of Post Catastrophe Reconstruction.

Haiti Redux: A Study of Post Catastrophe Reconstruction

The earthquake didn't cause a disaster, it revealed one.
From the debris of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, organizations and individuals unearth innovative ways to rebuild a more stable and sustainable society.

Haiti Redux is a study of how social entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments and community leaders are collaborating to help restore and construct sustainable communities primed for growth and prosperity. The film, a collaboration between Fountainhead Transmedia and New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate explores the process of reconstructing schools, orphanages, housing, and infrastructure developments in Haiti.

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 pm 
Empowerment by Design series
Ground floor,  FAED on KIST’s campus.


KIGALI NOUVEAU: from Vision to Implementation

A presentation of and platform around the KIGALI MASTER PLAN.

Adopted by Rwanda Parliament in 2008, the award-winning Kigali Conceptual Master Plan is an overarching guide for all planning in Kigali. It aims to transform Rwanda’s capital into a regional financial, business and entertainment centre for East Central Africa. Dubbed the “Switzerland of Africa”, frenzy around the implementation of the 2020 Kigali Conceptual Master Plan (KCM) has also earned the city another nickname, “Africa’s Singapore”. A keynote introduction by architects/planners from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology/KIST will explain the current changes of the urban landscape in Kigali and the planners’ intentions. Local and international professionals, KIST Architecture tutors and students (those familiar and working within Kigali’s built environment) take a “walk” through the speculative new city envisioned by Oz Architects (USA) and developed by Surbana, the Singaporese planning consortium appointed by the Government of Rwanda. In cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design (KIST) and the City of Kigali.

Location: GOETHE-INSTITUT / Grand Studio

Wednesday 13 March, 6.30 pm

Free Entrance