metabolism

metabolism

Uganda
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Instead of simply just being sustained or sustainable, A city should ALSO positively give back to nature and be an active player in the system. A metabolism. Instead of communities CONSUMING only, lets us also PRODUCE.

Secondly, we need minimum benchmarks, that all new developments must meet. We need a a new set of policies integrated into the education / research system, business and economic cycles, political hierarchy and cultural values. Policies to guide growth and change: 'FORCE' inhabitants, communities, developers, funders, governments to build COMPONENTS that CONTRIBUTE, COMPLEMENT, SUPPORT and GIVE BACK to the already existing natural systems that are being destroyed.

Thirdly we should use a multi-disciplinary hands-on community based approach to building our environment.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

By building communities that produce resources such as generating energy, growing food or harvesting water, the following would benefit: The natural environment is preserved. Our resources such as minerals and water are better managed and maintained to serve even future generations. Comfortable and affordable housing is delivered to millions who would not have such opportunities. Climate change effects are reversed. Our culture is preserved. Youth would get employment. Economic and social development becomes sustainable. It also broadens the scope of public engagement and involvement in building communities. Our living spaces would become more healthy and better suited to support recreation, aging, child care, clean sanitation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

I propose a 3-tier approach: 1. Change the focus of growth & development to include support for our natural habitant. 2. New inter-related policies to govern this growth 3. Engage community, professionals, researchers, stakeholders and governments in locales, exchanging with the inhabitants. While immersed in the communities, experiencing the problems and conditions(from climate to politics) the solutions born are practical, radical and relevant to the context and affordable. I have participated in a "place-based action research program where international students, academics, and professionals come together with local universities, local government, NGOs, and CBOs to collaborate with disadvantaged communities." - the Global Studio. The studio is a good example that sustainable change is possible even with few resources and dormant local governments. Unlike other organisations such as Habitat Uganda which deliver low cost housing, the Global studio first seeks to engage and understand the dynamic of the people; allowing the people to design, develop and subsequently own the solutions.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This project is still in idea stage. The main idea is to change the policies into guidelines to govern development of living spaces that produce resources. Its success will cut accross the following levels- SCALE: from Individual house and community housing, to work/commercial areas, to neighbourhoods, and cities, and regions GOALS: low energy homes, urban agriculture, harness water, generating renewable energy, creating more opportunities for people, healthier natural environments MEDIUM: Urban form integrated in natural landscape, through technology, design, and policy regulation. RESOURCES: nutrients, food, solar energy, wind energy, thermal energy, water, air, Plants and trees, RECYCLING used resources: metals, plastics, organic wastes SOURCES: households, communities, farms, forests, mines, oil fields, lakes, rivers, oceans, deserts, air/atmosphere PROCESSES: PRODUCTION versus CONSUMPTION of resources, recycling METHODS: Partnerships between inhabitants, local governments, investors, developers, NGOs, CBOs, professionals, universities, students, youth. New technologies. SUSTAINABILITY: Intergration of resource building housing and communities with a well structured transport network, Mixed use allocation of land that supports economic growth and employment opportunities.
About You
About You
First Name

Andrew

Last Name

Amara

About Your Organization
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Organization Country

, KMP

Country where this project is creating social impact

, KMP

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Am fascinated by the ways in which urban and rural spaces can be developed as solutions to a number of the community problems today.

I have been exposed to various planning undertakings at different levels from small community interventions to multi-story urban building projects and gained valuable expertise. I have learnt that practical solutions are what matter in the lives of people.

After my Undergraduate study in Architecture at Makerere University, I worked in various local architecture firms (Post Modern, Pinnarche, Associated Architects)

I have had the opportunity to join teams of professionals and students to work with the local people under privileged and rundown neighbours, downtown Vancouver, Alexandra and Diepsloot (townships in Johannesburg) and Marshalltown (a section of Johannesburg city). We developed and proposed design/planning solutions for some communities.

I also teamed up with colleagues and produced a short documentary on the Architecture of Kampala: to ''provoke'' city-building professions to improve our built environment.

Am a member on the editorial board of the Uganda Society of Architects, and a juror for the 2011 Annual Berkeley Prize. I also participate in community projects run by Missionaries of Design. Am currently also volunteering/working as the local supervisor for the Kitgum Peace Museum & Library which is being constructed in Northern Uganda as a memorial to the 20 year war that displaced thousands of people.

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

New technologies to aid in generating and managing resources at a community level many be expensive to set up. Technologies such as solar panels or waste water recyling are costly. However these initial costs can be offset by initiatives from governments and manufacturers of these equipment. Partnerships have to be negotiated to aid the implementation of technology.

Another big hurdle is are the politics and bureaucracies of governments and legislatives. Many governments are driven by selfish motives and short-sighted goals. It is key that new intergrated policies are formed to ensure that all new developments from housing to urban planning, give back to the natural environment directly or indirectly. (or atleast support the process of regenerating resources)

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Year 1:
The first step is to organise workshops with stakeholders and governments to rethink the develop policies that ensure sustainable management of our natural resources and urge new developments to aid in producing resources.

Year 2:
The next step is to research on the methods, process, and technologies involved in generating resources: first at the small scale of a single residential house; moving on to the large scale of networked urban settlements, work areas and recreation spaces.

Year 3:
The next step is Make master plans for settlements and environments.
This would be followed by forming partnerships between developers, governments and inhabitants to break ground and build sustainable resource generating cities.

Sustainability
For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each
How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?

In the first year I plan to

Collaboration
Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technical assistance, Sanitation, Water, Infrastructure, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Urban development, Rural development, Citizen/community participation, Public policy.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

By creating houses and communities that generate resources, several improvements are made to the housing market.

- By generating resources such as water, energy and food, operating costs and house maintenance bills are greatly reduced.

- It also allows for new technologies, research, manufacturing and subsequently job opportunities to flourish.

- These interventions will also have to integrate with public transportation, pollution control, public safety.
They will include upgrade Informal settlements and informal commerce to well planned serviced land which is integrated into the city; at a territorial scale with the co-ordination of multiple sectors.

We will first start small by providing access to formal housing solutions, following by planning neighbourhoods which are well connected to the city, commerce, services, employment, and recreation opportunities.

One of the barriers is the land tenure system in different countries.
versus the availability of serviced land to the poor. A change in policy should create laws the reserve land for public use.

POLICY
Governments should form long-term agreements with developers and business. Governments should further more support communities with the means, powers, authority to implement development.

New policies will tackle market research, Promotion of Quality Standards and Certifications, science & technology, training & skills, public safety, labour markets, infrastructure.

These development policies and projects will extend to cities and regions as well.

Another mechanism is to building local capacity to sustain this positive growth. Resources of the natives such as skills, labour, funds or expertise should be used. In this way, communities can contribute to
positive growth.

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?
Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)
Select the unit(s) with which the partnership was formed