Rwanda is writing a new global story for itself. Over two decades after the end of the country’s civil war and the 1994 genocide, a series of progressive visions have been the catalyst for transformation throughout Rwanda. These economic and structural reforms have redefined the built environment, and in turn, are shaping contemporary architecture across the country. Though it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, Rwanda has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Predominantly rural, the population’s culture is tied to the Banyarwanda people, from the forest-dwelling Twa to the Hutu and Tutsi. Extending across the eastern savannah to the western mountains, the country’s cities are being redefined through a series of governmental initiatives and beautification processes. These are linked to environmental plans aiming to rethink infrastructure and congestion, from the capital city of Kigali to more rural areas.
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