MAASAI ART, ARCHITECTURE AND ITS APPLICATION IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES

This research paper discusses and provides in depth information on Maasai Art and Architecture. It further depicts how
Maasai Art and Architecture can be applied in contemporary times.
The Maasai today are constructing dwelling units that do not relate to their traditionally rich built forms that are effective in
each and every way. The current built forms lack in planning, privacy and in some instances, are not habitable. The modern
dwelling units are mainly of GCI (Galvanised Corrugated Iron Sheets) hence thermal comfort is hardly experienced in the
units. Other units are of masonry stone and the same is still experienced. Modern units lack in planning and this results in
conflict of spaces.
Privacy which was an important aspect in vernacular architecture is not portrayed in the modern built forms. This is
unacceptable in Maasai culture. The author goes ahead and gives solutions to these problems.
Maasai Art is also looked at and how it can be incorporated in day to day architecture. Maasai art and its relationship with
cultural practices are discussed.
 

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