As a big thank you for all of your support during our crowd-funding campaign, here is a first 3D rendering of our design! To everybody at Cambridge, well done!!
We have a design, folks!! Fantastic work by our team at the Natural Materials and Structures Group at University of Cambridge!! You guys rock!
Here are the technical drawings and how they arrived at this impressive design after their engaging workshop with the community (Check out our video to see what it was like!):
"The envisioned community centre emphasises design, function, and material in a unique and context appropriate manner. The structural elements are natural materials found in the locality of Nairobi, albeit brought together in a novel composition that is both inspirational and aspirational to the community’s outlook towards the future.
Here we explore the external façade of the building composed of three main structural components: gabions, bamboo and wood. Novel in its use as a building material, gabions, which are made out of stones inside a rectangular metal mesh, encapsulate the community’s aspiration for security and resilience. The fast growing bamboo on the other hand reflects the dynamics of the social fabric that underpins Mathare 3A and lifts the centre to a higher ground for group activities, personal explorations, and child care. As in a tree, the wood forms rings around the building giving it strength and support for long and extensive usage of the community centre.
The centre has its wide entrance on the north side facing the road that runs through Mathare 3A that will allow passage way into the rich environment of exchange, learning, and healthcare. The windows on the ground floor enable light and air to enter the building without disturbing the active programmes running indoors. The first floor offers a view over Mathare without compromising on safety and security. An opening in the roof allows sun light to enter the centre’s inner court yard that connects the maternity health clinic, with the community hall, and the activity space of the first floor."
A 3D rendering of the design is coming soon!
Help to make this amazing design become a reality right here in Mathare - visit igg.me/at/roadmaptomathare and
There are usually no villages at all between two towns and so I experienced long stretches of natural landscapes, with few people met on the way, and the roads have a proper cycling lane, which allowed me to relax and just ride, not minding the trucks passing. I even listened to some music the last two days.
While I was waiting for my bed to be settled, the priest invited me to join him in the living room and watch TV. I was not expecting that it would be a Brazilian soap opera with the evocative title “Forbidden Passions” that would be his programme of choice!
It was a good stroke of luck that brought me here, as i met in this place two other cyclists, who gave me plenty of advice on the route ahead of me and shared their great stories. I really enjoyed Livingstone and felt like I had met a community there, even if it turns out to be an ephemeral one…
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And here's something to get your bones shakin' while you do it! Truly Made in Mathare :)
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It seems Sarah has already had some adventures and fortuitous encounters today. News of the mzungu on a bike seems to have spread like wildfire and she is now safely resting in a bunk bed in Shimoni waiting for her 3am boat to Pemba...
Sounds like she'll be in for a good time ;-)
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Sarah's mileage so far...
686 KM CYCLED / 2695 KM TRAVELLED (468 KM SAILED)