Doreen Adengo (Unit leader, University of Johannesburg), Finzi Saidi (Unit leader, University of Johannesburg), Jabu M. Absalom (Unit tutor, University of Johannesburg), Valentina Manente (Unit tutor, University of Johannesburg),
Department of Architecture & Physical Planning, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University
05th March 2018 - 14th March 2018
The workshop is part of, Unit 15(x) Radical Landscapes a course at University of Johannesburg that traveled to Kampala, Uganda to explore the urban wetlands, where the delicate balance between nature and human settlements is more poignant. This workshop is in collaboration with Makerere University’s Department of Architecture & Physical Planning.
Unit 15(x) Radical Landscapes derives its motivation from the cultural belief that the wetlands of Kampala where once seen as a scared place of replenishment and renewal by the Baganda, before being devalued as ‘waste lands’ by the British Colonial rulers. Wetlands serve a natural purpose of controlling floods, biodiversity conservation and removal of pollutants by filtering runoff water as it heads towards the Lake Victoria. However wetlands are under threat due to urban expansion and unregulated activates as they are currently viewed as the last place to build. The Ugandan government realizes the importance of conserving and protecting wetlands with a vision that favors exploring sustainable benefits of wetlands for the people of Uganda.
Unit 15(x) Radical Landscapes is intrigued by the fluid boundary between land and water, architecture and landscape, rural and urban, cultural and spirituality, man and nature. During the workshop, the students will create drawings that will be informed by critical observation of wetland inhabitants’ activities within the natural processes of the wetland zones, where the water and human activity on land meet.