Collective Building Workshop - Rural Community Market -

Collective Building Workshop - Rural Community Market -

This workshop is part of a wider initiative started in 2018, to introduce sustainable construction materials to an area whose environment has been greatly affected by the deforestation caused by the production of fired bricks. Based in Maji Moto, Tanzania, the project aims to bring together environmental awareness and community resilience.

The project
Within the scope of this initiative, the rural community market is a care infrastructure project that will serve two goals at once: meet the needs of the community and raise awareness on the use of CSEB.
On one side, women’s groups have argued for the need of having an hygienic, safe and shaded place where to sell their goods. Currently, women sell directly on the ground, often with their young children, and when the weather conditions actually allow it.
As Maji Moto is an agriculturalist Maasai village, having a place where women can safely and reliably sell products such as vegetables, fruits or else is key for women’s economic resilience as well as for their own and their families wellbeing.
The local government has already defined an area in the village centre where the market will be located. Two years ago, several women tentatively built several shops in that area, which quickly got destroyed by the damaging effect of the weather on the poor quality of materials and structure used.
On the other side, with the construction of this market, we also expect to make the most of the use of CSEB, provide further training and continue raising awareness for the local community. This project is a great opportunity to feature the different building possibilities allowed by CSEB bricks, in terms of structure, aesthetics and versatility (other local low-impact materials will also be considered for the construction).

Location: Maji Moto, Arusha & Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania
Start dates: Dates to be confirmed (between mid July and mid September
Duration: Up to 8 weeks
Workshop fees: €1,050 (see page 12 to see what is included and excluded)
Project funding: €1,500
Open to: architecture, engineering and international development students, architects, engineers, young practitioners willing to make an impact, learn and live a vibrant adventure.
*Please note that this project will go ahead as planned, global guidance on international travel permitting.

Your role
The project participants are a core component of the rural community market project and hold a very important role in the delivery of the project.
Trainees will be required to manage the project from the design to the construction of the marketplace taking into account the site and broader context’s specificities while keeping track of the spending to ensure it fits within the assigned budget.
Alongside the project’s staff and local partners, the workshop team will be composed of 4 members: 3 will be assigned to the site to do the architecture work (2 international participants and 1 Tanzanian student) and 1 will work on the project management side.

We are a group of professionals who, through spatial practices and using participatory action research, seek to promote projects that trigger social and environmental change. action research, we seek to promote projects that trigger social and environmental change.
The transdisciplinary nature of the team, committed to reality and tired of the orthodox ways of doing architecture, moves us to promote cooperative projects to promote cooperative projects facing contemporary problems of habitability, ecology, social and environmental justice.
Our practice is developed under a feminist perspective and with the ultimate goal of empowering the communities we work with, as well as promoting equality and diversity.
Since 2018 we have been working in Maji Moto driving the construction of several public buildings using sustainable and locally-sourced building materials, such as a health centre, an improved public toilet and a playground built with recycled materials.

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