The project will be located in Arusha, Tanzania. The town of Arusha consists of 1,288,088 people according to the 2002 census. Arusha’s economy is very much connected to agriculture. The majority of produce sent overseas consists of vegetables and flowers. Today, much of the agriculture is subsistence farming.
Situated in the northeast of Tanzania, Arusha is positioned at the elevation of 4,600 feet on the southern slope of Mount Meru. The climate ranges from 55-86 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool dry air will allow the project to be naturally ventilated.
Hello! First, I would like to welcome you to my journey. This blog is meant to assist me and inform others with my graduate thesis project. I have been given the opportunity to design a clinic and education center in Tanzania, Africa. Working with the organization Feed The Children, we will create a building that not only serves for its programmatic needs but also promotes the community.
Feed The Children’s mission is to “deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.” The building is meant to serve three functions: medical clinic, children’s dormitory, and education center. With these activities within the building, my hope to find a way to bring the community into the project.
Tanzania, located in Eastern Africa is home to 36 million people. Nearly 85% of the population is living in rural areas. The country has one of the highest infant-mortality rates in the world (109 in 1000 births) and life expectancy is 44 years. With most of its people in rural areas, the distance to travel to a medical clinic is problematic. Many families have to travel 37 miles to their nearest clinic, resulting in many preventable deaths. There is only 1 physician for every 20,511 people in Tanzania. Medical access is essential.
Within the complex, an education center will be implemented. A library and computer lab with internet access will provide the community a place to educate themselves as well as be taught how to take care of themselves. The concept is to give them the tools to succeed and promote progression.
My hopes is to create a place where the community feels a proud connection to. I want the buildings to be not only a place to get immediate relief, but a place for the people to grow from. With modern medicine, technology, and design this structure can promote the community in many positive ways. I will be researching how to accomplish this through design. Architecture can serve the social realm as much as it does the program of the building.
Growing up in an artistic family, creative expression was always encouraged. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t either dancing or drawing. My participation in and love of the visual and performing arts is a natural complement to the study of architecture, and helps to clearly define my point of view.
I am currently in graduate school at Montana State University, working on my thesis for architecture school. My project is a clinic and education center located in Tanzania, Africa. Working with Feed The Children, I aim to design a facility that not only serves as medical relief, but also as a community provider for cultural and social growth.