We're in Berlin! The release of our latest issue 8 will be held at the BucherBogen at 7pm this evening. If you in Berlin be sure to come by and get a copy.
View of today's session at the International conference: Urban Heritage Activism at TU Berlin. Presenter: Awami Art Collective A Vacillation: Public Art for Society
The concept of DIY (do it yourself) is surely not a new phenomenon. This is an something that has existing from the beginning of time. Wikipedia as of October 2016 describes it as the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. It further goes on to state that Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping)”. Architecture certainly falls under the Academic research category. However in the Architectural practice, the concept was fully brought to light in 1964, through the book entitled, Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-pedigreed Architecture written by Bernard Rudofsky.
Today more and more people are starting to embrace this concept in their spaces and even more in their lifestyles. It has become a means to an end particularly because of how affordable and fulfilling it is in terms of personal involvement in the process. As you read this issue, you will find various areas in East Africa where DIY has been embraced so much that it has even been given local names like ufundi and jua kali. Our various contributors also help to explain how they have been promoting the concept to improve the lives many people in rural areas. This issue takes you through the different degrees and/or level of DIY as required by the different clientele or target group.
Steve Jobs once said, “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works.” We believe the same is true for DIY projects. There is always a story attached to the result. In conclusion, I will leave you with a quote from Frank Llyod Wright as your food for thought:
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Enjoy the issue!
ANZA just released our 6th issue! The architect:what we do! A beautifully crafted magazine with inspirational and contextual articles about architecture in east africa!! We are also proud to announce our supplement-ndani! that will now be released with each ANZA issue and will showcase products relating to the building industry and more! Get your copy of ANZA and a free copy of NDANI! along with it!
If you haven't got the new issue, head down to The Greenroom at slipway Msasani and TPH bookstore along Samora avenue, tomorrow afternoon for your copy.. It comes with an exclusive copy of ndani, our all new supplement. For all those out of TZ, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of copies and your location and we will forward you the delivery details.
It had been a colourful and engrossing past couple of weeks for the ANZA team, I am glad the dust has slowly started to settle.
We had a successful end of workshop meet and great on Day 10. A special thank you to all those we were able to make it.
The release event was a great success and I attribute that first to God, then my team and our new members of the ANZA team Lydia Kanakulya, Jeremiah Oonyu, Maurice Senkondo and Clayton Mushi for their never ending creativity (we will be doing a series on them this week to introduce the new members of team). Last but not least, we would like to share our heartfelt gratitude to our partners in through the ANZA upcycle and exhibition, Archipelago productions and OGS studios. To see more of what happened that evening click here.
We march on, the end is near. Lots to do, so little time. Good times :)
As usual we present, the highlights of Day 9. We got to that point where we decide the cover for ANZA magazine issue 5. As you can imagine, this is quite a lengthy process. But we managed to make a decision and narrowed down to something we all thought would be suitable.
We then ended the day at the Black Tomato in Dar es salaam city centre at the art exhibition of one of our contributors and very close friend of ANZA magazine, Architect Nadir Tharani.
As you can imagine, the closer we get to the end, the more absorbed we get into the workshop. The past three days have been quite eventful, nevertheless we keep updating you with what we have been up to. The highlights of this week include:
- Our move to a new venue, the Eco Sanaa Terrace, CDEA Tanzania. I must say, it is a beautiful open space for workshops. We do highly recommend it.
- The "Context, Gravity, Expressions" photography and sound exhibition by one of ANZA magazine contributors.
- The visit from Ms. Tanya Mulamula, Brand engineer, who dropped by to have a discussion with us about the next steps for ANZA magazine and the upcoming events. I will also take this opportunity to say, watch this space because we are taking the people and spaces experience to the the next level.
Here is the week so far in images
We would also like to remind you about our end of workshop event tomorrow. Come be part of DAY 10.
Our ANZA 5 workshop week 1, was indeed an intense week as the team did their very best to get to the first draft of issue 5 whilst tirelessly preparing for the ANZA Upcylce fiesta. Both activities were successfully concluded on saturday 12th September, 2015. We were also joined by a group of young creative students from Ardhi University; Lydia Kanakulya, Jeremiah Oonyu, Clayton Mushi and Maurice Sekondo. These students made a remarkable logo of ANZA in the spirit of recycling.
On Day 4 of our workshop, we were hosted by Ms. Sarah Scott CEO of Archipelago Tanzania, our partners in the ANZA UPCYCLE FIESTA. We had a very nice partners and team meeting as we worked on he the final logistics of the event ahead. As we ended the week, day 5, we were privileged to have two special guests who attended our end of week one of the workshop presentation. These guests included:
- Dr. Kamugisha A.W. Byabato, Solar Energy for Sustainable Living specialist and lecturer at Ardhi University, Tanzania.
- Joel Lukhovi an artist and a photographer from Nairobi, Kenya. Joel will also be contributing to our fifth issue. You can see his works on his website or his blog.
Here is the the summary of the last three days of the week 1.
For more pictures. Visit our instagram page @anzamagaine .
A big thank you for all who have made this possible. After a successful first event, we are already working on our next event. Watch this space for more details.
Since February this year there has been a monthly community beach clean up on Msasani Beach hosted by Archipelago Tanzania - it have gained traction and recognition with local government, local communities, and even the district commissioner of Kinondoni, Paul Makonda has attended our events.
The long term plan for the beach is a landscaped, functioning beautiful public beach space in Dar. At the moment the selected architects are drawing up the plans to include an outdoor gym, kids playground, running track, and more. It's an ambitious project that Archipelago hopes to have ready to launch next year February.
Early this year in May, ANZA got on board and are working along with other organisations, passionate individuals that are giving city residents the right to their cities translated "Haki kwa jiji lako" -
We want to relook public spaces, how do we enhance them to create beautiful spaces for Dar es Salaam residents, but what kind of economic activities can fall out because of the development and growth.
Inspired by this, on 12th September, we have a beach clean up called Anza! UpCycle Fiesta - the reuse of public space and objects in art, functional art, and fun. this project will also be in conjunction with the International Coastal Clean Up Day (19th September). We will be inviting local community, schools, an various creative and arts groups to join us in a day of cleaning, sports, art and fun on the beach.
Here is sone more information about our partners.
Its the second day of the issue 5 workshop. Today, Comfort M and John Paul joined the team. Since Monday, the team has been working at Nafasi Art space to deliver several interesting and exciting articles. A number of articles have been submitted for this magazine and we can't wait to have you all read it! ANZA 5 is coming together.
The ANZA 5 workshop has started in high spirits and quite exciting as well. The venue is surrounded by alot of creative minds, sounds of enthusiasm and curiosity in the air. As we all look forward to making sure that we make the best of this theme, Art and Architecture.
As we continue into these coming two weeks, we hope to take you through a day to day update of the activities and we may even be able to give you sneak peak at what the magazine will look like. We will also be having guests presenters from already established fields (but of course relevant for the magazine) during the workshop to give the participants a few tips of how to make the best of the trade.
Keep watching this space as we bring you all the behind the scenes in the making of ANZA magazine Issue 5; ART AND ARCHITECTURE. Last but not least, remember that you are welcome to attend any day so that you too are part of this legendary workshop.
ANZA magazine has prepared an exhibit at TEDxIlala in Dar es Salaam, happening now! For further information about TEDxIlala, follow this link
About our exhibit.
In the routine of daily life, it’s easy to become desensitized to our surroundings. Our commute becomes bland, our neighborhood scenes ordinary and expected!
If you were to see it with new eyes, what beauty would you find in the everyday occurrences? Once we begin looking for it, beauty exists around every corner, and suddenly the ordinary becomes extraordinary. ! We now call to the attention the art in the ordinary and the mundane authenticity in our lifetime...
We are happy to announce that the Brick by brick article by Yves Twizeymana which was published in the fourth issue of ANZA magazine, From the ground up! has been republished by our future collaborating partners UNCUBE magazine. Click here to read the story. The article is part of UNCUBE magazines' 35th issue themed BRICKS.
UNCUBE is a new digital magazine for architecture and beyond. To find out more about this magazine. Visit their website on this link: http://www.uncubemagazine.com and go ahead to subscribe to their newsletter too.
ANZA and UNCUBE will be working together on a special project. To find out more subscribe to our newsletters as we bring you day to day updates on the project.
In our exploration, we hope to better understand our transforming East-African cities-and their identities- by looking at the past, present, and future. ANZA magazine issues are now available at The Green Room, Slipway Masaki.
For more information about our upcoming issue (5), please visit this link
"people and spaces"
Architects always feel the responsibility to create solutions to problems that are faced in specific spaces and by the people in that space. Regardless of the age, race, status in society, it is a natural urge to make the space better. This is why every architect will always find him/herself faced with a social/ community projects that many times turn out to be very fulfilling in the ones professional journey.
Our community project this week is the Library of Muyinga in Burundi. It is described in The Archdaily website as a Social reintegration: reconnecting the deaf and blind community to broader society. The article further goes on to explain the main drive behind the project.
"In a very informal and oral Burundian culture, deaf children are excluded from stories, information, exchange, education. Often, deaf children are isolated, or even expelled from a certain group of people. The library of Muyinga, linked to an inclusive boarding school for deaf children, creates the possibility to belong to a group, to belong to the wider community of Muyinga through public infrastructure as the first of its kind in Muyinga."
ANZA magazine would like to take a moment to celebrate the life of one of the greatest known contemporary Architects. Leading Indian architect Charles Correa died yesterday after a brief illness in the western city of Mumbai, aged 84.
His works were admired by many students, architects and designers all over the world. The ANZA magazine team would like to dedicate this blog post to celebrate his life together with our partners in Berlin, The UNCUBE magazine. They previously dedicated a whole issue to the reviewing his work and life. Click here to read the issue.
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After a few years experience in the media industry, one never stops getting amazed by new information out there. Just when you think you have covered an area, something new pops up. It is even more fascinating with architecture for people and spaces. Today I would like to bring to your attention, a nicely done social architecture project using sports to make a change in peoples lives.
An extract from article:
The project won a Special Prize at the 2013 IOC / IAKS Awards. The jury was very taken with the idea of “building a skatepark in Tanzania, one of the world’s poorest countries. Students and other teenagers are thus given the opportunity to skateboard in a great park in their free time. They are assisted by instructors from Uganda and Germany; local talents are also given support - and prospects for the future.”
Read the full article here.
Consider this, Food for thought.
Article: Comfort Badaru, Photo Credit: Maier Landschaftsarchitektur/Betonlandschaften
As we round up our one on one month with the ANZA team, here is a message from the conductor of the ANZA magazine orchestra. She is a great at organizational development and management.
In her own words...
"Life is easy when you do what you love"
As a 29 years old graduate architect with a published book under my name, I have learnt that it is important to figure out what you love doing, do it, keep doing it, so perfectly that it earns you a living.
Although life can be cruel and discouraging, you are gifted and possibly passionate about something, do not give up on it, even when everyone else tells you to. Just remember, they are right about you going to fail when you let them be.
The long wait is finally over and issue 4 is now officially out in print. We, as the ANZA team have been working round the clock, fighting against all odds to see to it that we bring the best of what we believe you deserve to see. We thank you for your patience as we continue to keep the ANZA Magazine flame burning.
In this issue we explore the past present, possibilities and power that the East African construction industry continues to express. We explore how burnt bricks are used and now being improved further to develop stronger structures. Get to see how thuds is done and who is involved in the process of construction.