Learning from Kigali

be part of a urban documentary analysing both formal and informal developments in Kagugu, a distinctive neighbourhood of Kigali, Rwanda

Project visual Learning from Kigali
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Learning from Kigali

<p> We are a team of twenty architects and students of Architecture, from Rwanda and Europe. <em><strong>We want to create the the 1st Rwandan-based research project about Kigali, focusing on formal and informal development.</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> How can architecture and urban planning have an impact in local development? How can we enhance homegrown solutions to design a better living environment?  Find out some solutions with <strong>Learning from Kigali !</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-04-02_a__00.01.39" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16752/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-04-02_a__00.01.39.png"></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> Rwanda is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes Region.  The economy is one of the fastest in Africa. With a 8% GDP growth,<strong><em>Rwanda is at a major point in its history</em></strong>. The population is moving from rural areas to urban ones, where the country is switching from informal to planned cities. Kigali, as the biggest city of the country, is the first to experience those drastic changes.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-04-02_a__00.17.29" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16755/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-04-02_a__00.17.29.png"></p> <p dir="ltr"> Kigali is a beautiful and complex city, that is undergoing of a major urbanization. At the fringe of the sprawling patchwork that is Kigali, lies Kagugu a distinctive neighborhood. Eight years ago it was a overgrown forest, today, Kagugu is a mix of big mansions, popular neighborhood and suburban development. <strong><em>It’s easy to see what an interesting sample Kagugu is !</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong><em>The research will start this June and will last a month.</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"> Our aim is <strong><em>to witness, record and analyze the lives of the people in Kagugu</em></strong>, the space they have created, the interior they have designed, the shop they are using, the path they  have created and the resulting social interactions .  We want to study how the design spaces  and architectures of this neighborhood  shape the lives of its resident.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> The project</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Kaguguishere" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16756/Kaguguishere.jpg">                               </p> <p dir="ltr"> We choose Kagugu, a district at the edge of the City as our research-area, because the neighborhood perfectly demonstrates what is happening in Kigali.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> Kagugu is the result of both planned development and informal one. Kagugu is a blend of many different components : Huge Mansions, informal settlements, planned communities for the middle class, western-style supermarket, local shops and informal vendors.<em><strong> We want to understand how all those components interact and work together and create a community.</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-04-02_a__00.25.11" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16757/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-04-02_a__00.25.11.png"></p> <p dir="ltr"> We, as young architects and architecture students, should be able to look at our own cities , to understanding what is happening, learn from the field. <em><strong>The aim is to draft homegrown strategies.</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"> We want to share our point-of-view on Kigali with Kigali and the world, because it can be useful for developers, urban planners, universities</p> <p dir="ltr"> We will transcribe the life of the people of Kagugu, this intricate mix of population. We will look both at the Big pictures and littles details. The buildings, the outdoor spaces but also the furnitures, the small, but amazing, corners of Kagugu.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> -Production</p> <p dir="ltr"> The production of the urban documentary about Kagugu is organised in two parts, one is the field research, the second will be about organizing all the data, we will have collected and setting up the exhibition.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.40.15" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16758/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.40.15.png"></p> <p dir="ltr"> 1- Field Research / 2 weeks</p> <p dir="ltr"> The start of the project will be to spend 2 weeks in Kagugu, wandering in the streets, meeting the people living there, contributing to the community by participating to Umuganda ( monthly community work).</p> <p dir="ltr"> During that time, we will start to map, sketch Kagugu, we will also conducts interview with the inhabitants. We will hand-out disposable camera to the population to get their own point-of-view on the places they live in. We want to know Kagugu and its inhabitants by heart</p> <p dir="ltr"> -The Exhibition and Publication / 2 weeks</p> <p dir="ltr"> After the research we will spend 2 weeks to organize all the data, to design the publication, to create physical models of Kagugu, including its houses and interiors.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> At the end of those 2 weeks we will organize a first exhibition in Kigali, for the people of Kagugu and for Kigalians, with all the team members and supporters.</p> <p> <em><strong>We have planed to share this urban documentary, not just in Rwanda, but across the world</strong></em>. We are already in touch with institutions and Schools in Europe to set up the Exhibitions and Conferences this Fall.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.40.00" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16761/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.40.00.png"></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> The Team</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> The team is composed of Seventeen Students and  a lecturer of the Architecture Department of the Kigali Institute of Technology. The team will be joined by two young Architects from the Nantes School of Architecture with an expertise on popular neighborhood and urban research.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> The research project is supported and endorsed by <a href="http://www.georgepericles.com" target="_blank">George Periclès</a>, a design think-tank based in Paris and Kigali, focusing on homegrown solution in Design and Architecture in Africa. The think-tank will provide the logistic in Kigali and share their office spaces.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.40.29" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16762/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.40.29.png"></p>

Allocation of funds

<p> Why fund it ?</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> To start the 1st Rwandan-based research about Kigali, we need you. <em><strong>Without your help the project won’t exist and we believe that this one-of-a-kind project.</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"> Here how we will use the fund :</p> <p dir="ltr"> Models production ( foam, glue, blades, metal sheets ) 1700 euros</p> <p dir="ltr"> Exhibition cost ( billboard and pictures printing, shelves production, … )  2500 euros</p> <p dir="ltr"> Publication printing ( printing cost for the publication. It will be printed in Rwanda ) : 2300 euros</p> <p dir="ltr"> Travel expenses and transportation costs for team (plane tickets, bus and taxi-moto ride for the team) 2600 euros</p> <p dir="ltr"> Disposable Cameras to hand to local residents  : 200 euros</p> <p> Filming equipment : 500 euros</p> <p>  </p> <p> total : 9800 euros</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.41.24" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/16760/Capture_d_e_cran_2013-03-29_a__16.41.24.png"></p>



Nice guy pack : Every euro counts! A personal thank you email from the director updates on the project via a newsletter from Kigali and invitation to the exhibition opening.


Cool Package : Thank you email and your name in the credit in both the publication and exhibition.


Supporter Package : the Kagugu Map Poster + All the previous rewards


Believer Package : Two photographies from the research of your choice + The Kagugu Map poster + Digital version of the publication + All the previous rewards


Fan Package: The printed publication + All the previous packages (for shipping outside of Rwanda and E.U add an extra 12 € )


    Lover Package : If you are in Rwanda , join us on our field trip in Kagugu + All the previous package


    Insider Package : A chat with the team and exclusive inside update about the project + Staff credits of you or your organization in the exhibition + all the previous packages


    Investor Package : A exclusive presentation of our research at your place / organization, school with at least one member of our team + All the previous packages ( travel expenses at your charge if you are not in Paris, Nantes or Kigali ) + all the previous package


    Producer package : Signed Publication by all the team members + Credits as Producer and the logo of your organization added in the publication,exhibition and conferences. + All the previous packages

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