Sunday, July 25, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
All the informal settlements have a Residents Development Committee (RDC). The RDC is the eyes and hands of the council in this area. They keep up with all new structures, status of roads, waste, water, but also allocation of new plots what makes their work interesting and responsible! With the RDC of Kamunza we were checking the settlement boundaries and instructed them to respect the neighboring land owners. All their input will also be used for the upgrading of this area that will (hopefully) commence soon. Pictures are taken by kennedy our driver
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
They are a permanent feature of the modern city. In Macha they are refurbished into computerrooms and serve to link rural communities to the internet http://link.net.zm/ In the Netherlands the container projects are abound in the creative industry examples from an office at NDSM and F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain), made by Refunc. The 24 containers of the Puma store currently sail around the world.
Macha is one of the 5 chiefdoms in Choma district. We visited the area and saw a lot of inspiring projects done in a rural area where ICT is the leitmotif. It is difficult to comprehend all the projects; schools and training centres, housing, biofuel, airport, eco tourism, craftshop, medical research and clinics, radio&tv station, cafe, bank and e learning pianolessons! http://www.machaworks.org/
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
My homework for today: reading the Challenge of Slums, a analysis of slums worldwide made by UN habitat. It shows the problems, prospects, casestudies, numbers, factors of slums and their social, spatial and economic characteristics and dynamics. The report argues that the number of slum dwellers is growing and will continue to increase unless there is serious and concerted action by all relevant stakeholders. On www.unhabitat.org all reports can de downloaded for free as pdf, it is a very useful database.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The common method of domestic and commercial waste management is burning and burying on the site. This was acceptable in the past, but the situation has changed. There is more waste, with different characteristics. The existing dumping site is not in a satisfactory location and there is no control over the type of waste materials which are dumped. I made the above observations and took photo's, meanwhile an EU bid has been written by my colleague.