|Engineer Raania, Ustaz Hooman Fazly, Dr. Ahmed, Jooren, and Mathias|
We intend for this to be a benchmark project to “train the trainers” for the greater Sudan to teach local people how to build dome structures that are eco-friendly, tree free, flood resistant, earthquake resistant, and fireproof. The project will be part of the research at the University of Khartoum’s Faculty of Architecture. We are also partnering with an instructor from the University of Khartoum School of Business and Management to provide participants with instruction in business startup and management. The project is partially funded by USAID/TEPS (Toward Enduring Peace in Sudan) and the Stead Family Foundation.
The architects from ‘ARC Peace Sudan’ are participating in the workshop as observers and supporters in order to facilitate a village design project they are working on in North Darfur. The Deputy Dean of the Department of Architecture at the University of Khartoum is advising the Mayo project as well as Architect Adam Chalupski, who inspired the undertaking.
|The TEPS ladies and the ladies of Dalu|
The council delivered on Thursday - the last day of the week - when Abdul Jalid, the headman of the regional council returned from a trip to Kosti and handed us their approval letter. They asked us for a nice big printout of the potential building to put in the office in the UN Habitat compound. The University of Khartoum’s Deputy Dean of the School of Architecture kindly agreed to print one for us.
The company donated a 500 meter roll of 60 cm polypropylene bags for the project suitable for the foundation and the buttresses, and the owner of the factory offered to help us find the 50 cm bags for the upper part of the structure.
The tour of the factory run by some lovely Syrians was one of the highlights of the week.
By day three the building was all down except for the foundation.
|Aiman and Osman working on shed|
|Mathias and Djo with their completed shelter|