Projects-UNIT15X

Projects-UNIT15X

PROJECTS

In 2018, Unit 15(X) Radical Landscape engaged students in projects that challenge students’ thinking about architecture, urban design and landscape. The word ‘radical’ implies a drastic shift from the conventional way of doing things. In Unit 15(X), it is used to suggest that designers of the environment in our context have to fundamentally change their approach to design in response to unique African challenges and in this Unit, this change begins by not prescribing projects to students, but to lead students, through a process of discovery, to their relevant projects. Unit 15(X)’s premise is that in order to change the practice of design, change has to start with transforming how it is taught.
BRICK-MAKING
REIMAGINING KITINTALE'S LANDSCAPE
THROUGH CLAY BRICK MAKING - Elao martin (M2)
My radical design proposition is for mining of clay for the brick making process to create a boundary or the edge between the wetland and the settlement. This is to be done by extracting clay in a linear manner along the current edge between the wetland and the informal settlement, creating large physical steps in the wetland as miners extract up to 6m depths. These steps act as barriers that protect the wetland from further encroachment.
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PERPETUAL INFRASTRUCTURE - Nkoane Makutu (M2)
The focal point of this Major Design Project is the Namuwongo informal wetland settlement and the design of a node along the railway that will enhance the buying, selling and transportation of goods and services for its residents.
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PLAYSCAPES. Extended landscapes - Dickson Adu-Agyei (M2)

The project “PLAYSCAPES” proposes design intervention on three sites. On site one, it takes an opportunity to create a playscape on the temporary brick-making site, the intervention looks at terrain for play, taking advantage of the change in level that is created through digging for brick soil (the temporary activity on site). 

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INFORMAL ECONOMIES AND SPATIAL LANDSCAPE - Ndeshipanda Lita (M2)
This project explores the spatial-economic relationships of Kitintale - an informal settlement- and the Nakivubo wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kampala. Inhabitants on the Nakivubo wetland rely on the agricultural products of sugarcane, yam, banana, papyrus, and fish cultivated and harvested in the
Nakivubo wetland for their sustenance and income.
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EXPLORING WATER PURIFICATION THROUGH BAGANDA MYTHOLOGY
Jody Van Aswegen (M2)
This project speculates on the use of narrating mythology as a basis to preserve and heal the wetlands landscapes through architectural interventions.
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A SHRINE TO THE FORGOTTEN GUARDIAN OF BAGANDA KINGDOM
Atusaye Msiska
The major design project is a community centre which is used as a centre for social welfare activity in Kitintale. The design uses the mythical conflict which exists between two Guardians of the Baganda spiritual landscape, Kaikuzi and Walumbe, to reimagine my site as a buffer to mitigate the damage to the wetland by human settlement.