Kisumu Housing Project

 

Kisumu Housing Project

Rhode Island School of Design

Department of Interior Architecture & Adaptive Reuse

INTAR: 23ST-02

Critic: Michael Leighton Beaman

CIT 301 | Tues & Thur 9:30am - 5:30pm

The discourse surrounding social responsibility, has shifted from one of participation, marked by state-sponsored projects, such as the Marshall Plan; to one of Initiation, as is evident with the proliferation of NGOs, which currently represent the world's 8th largest economy. Social responsibility for spatial designers is already folded into the definition of our collective built environment.  It is not an aspect or quality that requires import, only recognition and engagement.

What has marked this shift in both thinking and doing is not a new set of abilities or new forms of agency, rather it is a change in positioning (how do we begin, foster, and realize socially responsible projects) and approach (what is our place in this realization process, and how do we move beyond passive engagement to active creation)? Though new mechanisms have developed, new systems have emerged, and novel precedence have been set (all of which have expanded the way designers are able to address social concerns), social responsibility is first and foremost a matter of practice. For a set of disciplines guided by the mission to effect change in the built environment, social responsibility is one of many frameworks through which spatial design practices intervene in the world. And, it is within the world,  within its material, political, and technological composition, that designers must find means for adaptation and response.


Studio Overview

 

 

This studio continues a series of academic design investigations that the focus on innovations in sustainable building practices and socially responsible design interventions. This current iteration will focus on reuse (materials, techniques, performances, and forms) and communication (universal, accessible, procedural, and affected) as two modes of  production that expand spatial design beyond the its immediate and specific goals of shelter and place, and into the broader project of our built environment. 

This semester we will be working with two non-profit organizations: Seeds of Life, a micro-finance and community outreach organization working in Kenya and headquartered in London; and GA Collaborative, a design and education organization working in Africa and North America, headquartered in New York. The Kisumu Housing Project is a collaborative effort to bring low-impact building technologies and construction methods to bear on flexible low-cost single family housing in Kisumu, Kenya.

Our studio will be working with both non-profits throughout the semester to research and design housing prototypes which can be built by communities with little or no construction experience. To facilitate that central goal, we will be designing and publishing a building design manual, a graphic guide for construction methods and techniques. This will require us to research and design diagrams, drawings, and images that are clear, concise, and illustrative. Most importantly, the publication will be tasked with communicating performances and practices across languages.

Part 01  | Researching sustainable low-impact building technologies which require little to no construction skills and knowledge to build & Designing flexible housing prototypes which use techniques discovered and/or created from this research.  

Part 02 | Researching and/or creating graphic descriptions of materials, details, assemblies, and performances for building construction techniques from part 01 as they relate to building designs generated in both Part 01 and Part 02 & Creating a “guide” which clearly and succinctly communicates research and design work from the studio into a printed format.


Project Site

We will be working in a rural region just outside of Kisumu, Kenya. Because we are developing strategies and practices associated with the development of housing prototypes we will be designing for multiple"sites".

 

Studio Review

Monday: December 12th

CIT Building | Room # 103

169 Weybosset St. Providence, RI  

 

 

 

 

 

PART 01  | Publication Open House

CIT # 103 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

 

PART 02  | Final Reviews

CIT # 103 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

1:00 - 1:15 | Introduction & Publication Overview

1:15  - 1:40 | Group 1 : Yametungwa Nyumba - Ivie Cao (Yi) & Fuma Sanduku Nyumba  - Xinzhou Jiang  (Elizabeth)

1:40  - 2:05 | Group 2 : Lamba Hema Nyumba - Shuang Li & Kiuchumi Nyumba - Di Qiang

2:05  - 2:30 | Group 3 : Mazingira Samani Nyumba - Renae Min Hee Kim & Wingi Nyumba - Anya Smith

2:30  - 2:55 | Group 4 : Mgawanyiko Nyumba  - Krishna Lingulta & Kipepeo Nyumba - Shanaiya Maloo

3:20  - 3:45 | Group 5 : Kivuli Nyumba - Claudia Ruiz & Nyumba Utepe - YJ Im

3:45  - 4:10 | Group 6 : Jani Nyumba - Hannah Liongoren & Kuba Nyumba - Eshank Rishi

4:10 - 4:35 | Group 7 : Hewa Kukamata  - Youngju Lou ( Julie) & Hai Ukuta Nyumba  - Udeeta Jain

4:35 - 5:00 | Closing Discussion

 

 

REVIEW JURY

Greg Corso | Syracuse University - Architecture / SPORTS

Michael Grugl | RISD - Interior Architecture & Adaptive Reuse / Sixtus Partners

Zaneta Hong | Harvard University - Landscape Architecture  / Beta-field / GA Collaborative

Jennifer Liese | RISD - Writing Center / WR Director, Author & Educator

Rafael Luna | RISD - Interior Architecture & Adaptive Reuse / PRAUD

 


Publication

 

Ch. 00 | Front Matter

  • Copyright
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Graphics info
  • Partners

 

Ch. 01 | Introduction

INTRO:

  • About Project - Michael Beaman
  • About Studio - Michael Beaman
  • About Partnerships - Michael Beaman

DATA:

  • Project Phases  - Michael Beaman
  • Prototypes - Michael Beaman
  • Global North & South (map)  Eshank Rishi
  • Participants & Organizations (Map)  Eshank Rishi
  • Time Table -  Michael Beaman

 

Ch. 02 | Guide

COLORS: (MinHee & YJ)

ICONS : (Udeeta & Shanaiya)

  1. Materials
    1. Manufactured
    2. Raw
  2. Tools
  3. Operations
    1. Movements
    2. Skill
    3. Time

MAPS: (Shuang & Hannah)

  1. Regions
  2. Outlines
  3. Points
  4. Circles

GRAPHS: (Julie & Claudia)

  1. Scale 1 | small
  2. Scale 2 | large

 

Ch. 03 | Context

MAPS: 

  1. Income / Poverty 
  2. Climate Risks 
  3. Water Bodies 
  4. Transportation 
  5. Population Density 
  6. Topography 
  7. Vegetation 

 

GRAPHS: 

  1. Annual Rainfall 
  2. Solar Orientation  
  3. Diurnal Temperature Fluctuation 
  4. Seasonal Temperature Fluctuation 
  5. Wind Orientation
  6. Humidity
  7. Housing : Program & Materials 

 

Ch. 04 | Assemblies

  1. Earth Bags  - Anya Smith
  2. Woven Walls - Xinzhou Jiang  (Elizabeth)
  3. Bamboo Framing - Hannah Liongoren
  4. Steel Framing - Ivie Cao (Yi)
  5. Corrugated Steel Roof - Youngju Lou ( Julie) 
  6. Compressed Earth Block - Udeeta Jain
  7. Brick - Shanaiya Maloo
  8. Ferrocement Eshank Rishi
  9. Thatch Roofing - Shuang Li
  10. Concrete Ring Beam - YJ Im
  11. Concrete & Stone Foundation Min Hee Kim
  12. Bini Shell - Di Qiang
  13. Rammed Earth - Claudia Ruiz 
  14. * Translations* - Krishna Lingulta

 

Ch. 05  | Prototypes

  1. Prefab House  /  Yametungwa Nyumba - Ivie Cao (Yi)
  2. Thatch Tent House / Lamba Hema Nyumba  - Shuang Li
  3. Landscape Furniture House /  Mazingira Samani Nyumba  - Renae MinHee Kim
  4. Split House / Mgawanyiko Nyumba  - Krishna Chaitanya Lingulta
  5. Woven Box House / Fuma Sanduku Nyumba - Xinzhou Jiang  
  6. Leaf House / Jani Nyumba - Hannah Liongoren
  7. Cloud House / Kiuchumi Nyumba - Di Qiang
  8. Shadow House / Kivuli Nyumba  - Claudia Ruiz 
  9. Ribbon House / Utepe Nyumba  - YJ Im
  10. Vault House / Kuba Nyumba Eshank Rishi
  11. Butterfly House / Mrengo Wa Nyumba - Shanaiya Maloo
  12. Finger House / Hai Ukuta Nyumba - Udeeta Jain
  13. Air Catcher House / Hewa Kukamata - Youngju Lou 
  14. Dual House /  xxx Nyumba - Anya Smith

 

Ch. 06  | Implementation / Credits & Acknowledgements

  1. Phases - Michael Beaman & Allan Hutton
  2. Time Table Graph - Michael Beaman & Allan Hutton

Inclusions:

  • RISD
  • GA Collaborative
  • Seeds of Life
  • Students & Faculty