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Date: August 13, 2018

Public Lecture by Visiting Professor Sigurd Scheuermann from FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Tuesday 6 September 2011, 18:00 at the Architecture House

*Originally published on 1 September 2011

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Date: August 13, 2018

As the Namibian academic year draws to a close, four 2ndyear students are preparing for yet another new academic experience - a 10 week long student exchange at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Students will be leaving for Germany on October the 8th, together with their host and initiator of the exchange program, Prof. Scheuermann of the FH Aachen, who is currently at the Department for his third visiting lectureship. Thanks to him, all costs including tuition fees, accommodation, food, health insurance and travelling expenses will be covered by a scholarship, which is mainly sponsored by the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture, Building Design and Construction in Aachen as well as private companies.

The FH Aachen puts a lot of emphasis on the integration of design and construction in architectural education. Students will follow Architectural Design as well as a couple of theory courses in different departments. The experience of a fundamentally different building culture, thoroughly industrialized and largely urban, responding to very different climatic needs and the necessity for energy efficiency, will expand the students' architectural vocabulary. The chance to visit some major works of architecture and urban planning will offer great inspiration.

The idea of the exchange is based on a similar program at the Department of Civil Engineering, where every year 8 students are attending a full semester of studies at FH Aachen. The Departments' ambition is thus to also make the architecture exchange an annual affair, to offer the best 2ndyear students the possibility to widen their (architectural) horizon.

*Originally published on 1 September 2011

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Date: August 13, 2018

Public Lecture by Stephen Adams, Lecturer at the Department of Architecture

Tuesday 2 August, 18:00 at the Architecture House

*Originally published on 1 August 2011

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Date: August 13, 2018

The final stretch of the second semester has just begun for the first year students. All their previous design experience of the past eight months is due to be consolidated into one final project, the design of a desert lodge for the Torra Conservancy in the western Damaraland.

The project took off with a five-day field trip to Wereldsend, the base camp of IRDNC (Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation), a NGO that supports rural communities in the establishment and management of communal conservancies, to foster nature conservation through careful utilization of natural resources. The camp, a green oasis within the harsh rocky landscape, otherwise void of any considerable trees, taught both students and studio tutors valuable lessons on what is needed for human survival in such unforgiving climatic conditions.

The work of the IRNDC, presented to us by Richard Fryer, the director of IRNDC Natural Resource Management division, forms the other source of inspiration for the project. A community-run lodge necessitates critical questioning of conventional lodge design, which often follows set standards and clichés of traditional "African Architecture". Most lodges are based on passive consumption of the beauty of nature, with little real interaction with the land and its people, which are some of the challenges the students will be faced with in the coming weeks. The department is looking forward to interesting and innovative design solutions.

The trip concluded with a visit to Twyfelfontein Visitor Centre, designed by Nina Maritz, which proved to be an interesting case study for the students.

See outcome of student projects here: Ideas and Projects for Communal Conservancy Tourism

*Originally published on 1 August 2011

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Date: August 13, 2018

The first generation of architecture students recently completed a design project for a Multi Purpose Community Centre (MPCC) in Hoachanas, in the Hardap Region.

The brief was derived from an ongoing project under the Namibian German Special Initiative Program (NGSIP), initiated by the Namibian and German governments to develop rural infrastructural projects in those regions of Namibia that were affected by German colonial rule. Several communities requested the construction of MPCC's to create a public space of gathering, as well as facilities for Traditional Authorities, cultural performances, small-scale trading and production facilities amongst others.

During a first site visits to Hoachanas the students familiarized themselves with the settlement, the communities' brief and the site, and started developing schemes in groups of 3 to 4 students, guided by second year studio tutors Prof. Sampson Umenne, Victor Chirva and Phillip Lühl. Apart from designing new structures, students proposed the re-use and incorporation of existing underutilized buildings into the scheme, the use of locally available construction materials and landscaping of surrounding areas. In a second site-visit students could present the conceptual schemes to get feedback from the project steering committee, as to how proceed further with their designs. After further design development the project concluded with the final presentation of the 4 group projects to the Department and invited guest critics on July 15th.

For the students and the department this project represents the first step towards a deeper involvement in the challenges of rural development and decentralisation in Namibia.

*Originally published on 1 July 2011

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