LFA 2022 | Make Design Matter Talk: Article 25 & Hayes Davidson “Kao La Amani Children’s Village” | Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 18:30 (BST) at Hayes Davidson Studio


When: Thursday, 30th of June 2022 at 6.30pm (BST)

Where: Hayes Davidson Studio, Studio A, 21 Conduit Place, London W2 1HS

In Tanzania, roughly 8% of children under the age of 18 are orphaned with an estimated 90,000 orphans in the northern region of Kilimanjaro alone.

Over fifteen years of humanitarian architectural experience have shown them how architecture can create a positive lasting impact. The Kao La Amani Children’s Village in Tanzania (https://www.article-25.org/project-kao-la-amani) is the focus of this month’s talk addressing how they build communities in places like Boma Ng’ombe which upon completion will replace an existing orphanage. From intimate living and study spaces to expansive areas for sport and play, the village is designed as a safe place where children of different ages can grow and develop together. Operable off-grid, the sustainability features allow the school to run at minimal costs while protecting its natural resources and ensuring the Children’s Village can continue to provide to children in this area for decades to come. 

Hayes Davidson is co-presenting and hosting this Make Design Matter Talk. Hayes Davidson supported on-the-ground charity Tír na nÓg Childrens Foundation CLG, by providing a visual narrative which would both engage the community of Boma in the design process, and also help secure funding for the construction of the project. They designed an immersive VR experience, using a playful ‘picture book’ aesthetic to appeal particularly to children. Their visuals reference the materials and colours of the local environment, and even the children’s existing school uniform, to create a process of engagement which is accessible, familiar and encourages participation. 

Hayes Davidson is a studio bringing architecture to life through powerful, emotive, and immersive artworks in various media and delighted to have partnered with humanitarian architecture charity Article 25 for the Kao La Amani project.

MAKE DESIGN MATTER is a series of monthly inspirational talks for humanitarians. Article 25 brings together outstanding design professionals who work with and support local communities through international development. These inspiring monthly panel discussions consider the pursuit of progressive, sustainable architecture, which focuses on the communities they serve. 

Register for this live talk here.

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