Fort port cultural centre

Cultural centres in our context have been an overlooked but viable places of
celebrating heritage. They are buildings or complexes designed with the sole
purpose of giving identity to a people and celebrating their heritage. The
heritage in this case may be the peoples oral tradition, arts, crafts and
architecture. According to Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, a peoples
culture is coded wisdom that has been gathered over thousands of years. In
the age where transformations are happening so fast with advances in
technology, it is very easy to lose identity as we strive to better ourselves.
These places of preservation help us to remember who we were, who we are
and we can then project who we are to become. There are examples world
over of such which have become so iconic as to represent or give a new
identity to a people e.g. The Tljibaou Cultural centre in New Caledonia
which has become synonymous with the Karnak people. Tourism is a major
revenue generator in our country but the various avenues have not been fully
exploited. This is especially in the area of cultural tourism. These are new
frontiers which have the promise of benefitting both ourselves and the nation

                    Objectives

The design thesis project will consist of a cultural center in Fort Portal town.
The layout of this proposed development will be conceived to incorporate
the link between the landscape and the built structures in the Tooro
traditions. The planning is aimed at having a unique facility which would
be, "to create a symbol" ..."a cultural centre devoted to Tooro civilization,
the place that would represent them to foreigners that would pass on their
memory to their grand children.
Design principles, building technology and planning of builtform can be incorporated
in modern day design architecture. Researchers and professionals can get insight on
the rich culturally sensitive traditional building industry and borrow ideas to create a
regionally sensitive architecture.
The cultural center will consist of the following functional components.
GENERAL PUBLIC.
The proposed cultural center will provide public spaces which include the
reception/ lobby area for users to interact, consult and find their bearings. Art and
crafts retail shops made from the facility's workshops, public eating spaces and
other support facilities with interior traditional articulations and decor that reflects
the Tooro culture. Water features and sculptures depicting the town of Fort Portal
and the people of Tooro to be incorporated in this design as organising principles
and points of identity. Outdoor public spaces to include outdoor performances,
informal gatherings and functions to be provided in the facility.
Another aspect to fit in the Batooro's architectural tradition is to consider
the concept of unity. Their dwellings were built around an open space
called a courtyard with the built forms made with locally available
materials which needed to be replaced from time to time in the tropical
climate. This involved wood frames, tied vertical and horizontal saplings
covered by thatch. The form of the houses generally round in plan and
beehivelike in the vertical elevation.

 

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