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Honorable Mention

Promoting a synthesis of African design.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

It was challenging sorting out the so many research materials gathered from diverse sources, yet it was most interesting and fulfilling to find they all corroborated Umoja‘s values of unity, proportion and functionality.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

I was inspired by CPDI‘s laudable initiative towards the development of sustainable/successful African Neighborhoods and communities coupled with my passion for promoting African indigenous Art and Architecture through my talent as an artist and career as an architect.

Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?

I believe African Homeowners would naturally appreciate a home like the Umoja that reflects simplicity in terms of being cost effective and constructible, yet can boast of modern sustainable building comfort whilst exhibiting African visual aesthetics – giving African architecture the prestige it deserves.

Traditional Architectural Elements Incorporated in Umoja Courtyard are design strategically zoned for increased ventilation and airflow. Integration of laundry space beside the kitchen which could also serve as heavy local meal preparation area.

The Umoja is a functional plan which celebrates the carryover rituals of most African residential cultures of having an ante room (with a visitors‘ toilet) before gaining entrance into other spaces of the building. Roof gutter systems formed by the courtyard roof for water recycling. Traditional Aesthetics Sourced from Traditional Design for Exterior Finishing. Reinterpretation of the motifs and patterns seen on the exterior of most Gurunsi buildings. Earth-natural-color schemes that blend with nature.