Mobile Architecture is a new movement, with literally prehistoric roots, which is exploding and expanding in popular culture, lifestyle, art, and architecture that is, paradoxically, about reducing, compressing and simplifying the objects of its interest. This movement which is always on the move could also be called Mobitecture.
This movement which is always on the move could also be called Mobitecture. This architectural concept was invented by our nomadic ancestors when it became clear that the supply of habitable spaces ought to follow them as food, water and trade was not static but geographically dynamic. What we discover throughout is that, the nomadic spirit of our hunter-gatherer ancestors is very much alive in the modern world. The caves and tents as they realized was not going to be able to house all the children, grandchildren, grandparents and in-laws that were looking for some place warm and dry to sleep, work and create. Mobitecture is a multi-generational composition that will inspire and appeal to anyone who loves brilliant architecture and iconoclastic design. There are mobitectural domiciles made of practically every natural and man-made material imaginable. A large number of them are constructed from either recycled or easily obtainable materials as well as some being made of exotic and extremely expensive composites that are either hand-made or factory-constructed in small batches. Mobitecture shares adaptable, lightweight, responsive to local conditions and with the ability to travel almost anywhere with ease as its intrinsic inherent qualities that is obviously the opposite of our usual stationary, brick-and-mortar-bound existences.
Rural areas in Ghana covers a greater portion of the country’s land area and currently accommodates a majority of the country’s population. These areas also provide more than sixty percent of the Gross Domestic Products earned annually, however these areas face socio-economic and infrastructural challenges. There have been several approaches in tackling these issues or develop these rural areas in Ghana which led to the establishment of the Department of Social Welfare and Housing Development in 1943 with most of its effort directed at construction of community centers, social clubs and youth centers as the basis of welfare work. The main strategy for rural development at the time was the community development approach which was to stimulate the local rural populace to undertake self-help projects to improve their living standard.
Aside from this there have been other approaches such as the agricultural approach and the Regional Development and growth pole strategy which all failed due to the following reasons:
- Cost to run various projects due to the demand for a wide range of substantial services.
- Extremely limited financial, manpower and organizational resources for effective delivery of social services.
- Lack of infrastructure to provide services and goods.
It is in line with this that the Department of Architecture in collaboration with Architects Spaysis architecture, engineering and planning limited and CLEAN Africa have come up with the idea of providing innovative design solutions with the use of Afro-Mobitecture concepts to tackle the rural development issues and a cost effective ways. There are areas under consideration include, Housing, Education, Hospitality, Health and Religious sectors. These have been identified as areas with extreme challenges in the rural areas.
The goal of the program is to provide a platform for the Department of Architecture to collaborate with industry in providing design research based and ingenuity solutions in addressing infrastructure, services and goods provision in a cost effective approach during crisis and tackling of rural development issues.
- To bring Academia and Industry together to come up with innovative solutions in addressing provision of services and goods during crisis and in rural areas in a cost effective approach.
- To direct and further develop architecture and engineering students projects works into feasible projects in tackling developmental issues in the rural areas.
- To develop prototype design structures that will provide services and goods during crisis and rural areas in a cost effective approach.
- To set a standard of stimulating creative thinking in the university to serve as a catalyst for national development.
Dates: 21st – 23rd November, 2017
Venue: Great Hall Foyer
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