A SEARCH FOR ARCHITECTURALREGIONALISM: A CASE OF TOURISM LODGES IN THE KENYAN SAVANNAH

Introduction  

 

The world of the 21st century is fast paced, with change occurring on every front. Rapid

urbanisation is transforming the faces of cities and towns across the globe. In an attempt to keep abreast with this change, developing countries adopt solutions from developed world. In the case of the built environment, building practices from industrialised countries are widely adopted by architects in the developing world. These practices are often not contextualized before being applied, leading to their wholesale application, without due regard for the economic, social or environmental consequences. The result is a built environment shaped by foreign principles and standards, detached from its occupants.

The local Kenyan context is no different. There has been a trend towards the adaptation of western building values and the abandonment of traditional construction principles. Despite the fact that Kenya possesses a rich cultural heritage, it is not expressed in the majority of the built environment today. Yet one of the characteristics that defines Kenya is the diversity of its people, each with their rich cultural background.

There has been, however, an attempt at the retention of this rich heritage. Several local examples exist where the architect has consciously attempted to accommodate the needs of the people in a manner that resonates with the local spirit of place. It is the aim of this thesis to analyse these examples and spur interest in an architectural style that is sympathetic to its context; that attempts to find a middle ground; that embraces the technological advancements of contemporary times, while remaining firmly rooted in the cultures of its people; that does not resist change, but carefully and critically selects what is of value and rejects what is not: Architectural Regionalism.

Documentation : 

Calendar

M T W T F S S
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30