Posted by Mark Warren on Jun 13, 2011
Related program: Football for Hope
Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre is in its 5th week of construction. They've cleared several thousand cubic metres of soil and are now commencing with the columns and brickwork. Rwanda's geographical limitations and access to standard building material is causing some problems however with no two bricks being the same size. This has proven a nightmare for our design fellow in the field, Killian Doherty. He believes that Rwanda needs to embrace adobe and earthwork construction as a potential solution to this problem.
The site continues to be a hive of activity and once the steel is in place, the project team will begin working with "Atelier Rwanda', a Rwandese artisan collective that supports female craftwork. The collective will be teaching the community to work with Rwandan weave; except they will be using recycled rubber from car tires. Meanwhile, the container with the solar pitch lighting is being tracked down in Mombasa, Kenya.
We'll keep you updated as construction progresses on the center in Rwanda. For those readers near Montreal you can go and see the project at the 'The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace' exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.