Architecture Between Conflicts is a prospective project that addresses tribal conflict in the Turkana region of Kenya through the renovation of an abandoned fish freezing plant and series of pavilions which explore innovative and low-energy construction techniques.
Turkana is ranked the poorest county in Kenya, with 94.3% of the population living under the poverty line. It is a troubled region where local tribes have historically clashed over limited resources, where national borders are not in line with historical boundaries and, above all, where climate change, oil discovery and the construction of a hydropower dam add further challenges to an already tense situation.
After a severe drought in the 1960s the Kenyan Government, in collaboration with the Norwegian aid agency NORAD, developed a relief plan to combat the increasing poverty and child mortality.
Within a 10 year period starting from 1971, the government began to invest in infrastructure. A 300 km long road was built, boats and fishing nets provided and Turkana people were resettled to the lake while being educated in fishing.
A fish freezing plant was built in an area called Kalokol, following the maxim ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you will feed him for his life’. The plan proposed a modern cold storage and fish freezing plant in the Turkana desert, an area that neither had electricity nor adequate infrastructure for industrial production nor a tradition of fishing. It has been crumbling since the day it opened in 1981.
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ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN CONFLICTS
09.2016 - 01.2017