From plan to construction
Projects of the Ljubljana Faculty of Architechture in Africa
UGM Studio, Trg Leona štuklja 2
Opening: Friday, 13 April 2018, at 19:00

Volunteer building groups of students and mentors of the Ljubljana Faculty of Architechture have carried out three development-humanitarian projects in Sub-Saharan Africa in the years between 2010 and 2017: in 2010 the shanty town of Johannesburg in South African Republic, in Ithuba Community College, they haver built a classroom and a library - in 2011 also a multipurpose hall. A global financial crisis has cut off such activities, until the summer of 2017, when the new group executed the third project "Amasiko - a transit home for kids from the streets" in the city of Kabala, Uganda. 

Nowadays the majority of the development-humanitarian projects are implemented by non-govermental organizations, whose approaches, "from the bottom up", fill the gaps in the functioning of large international organizations and programs of the developing help. During the past decade, also architectural collegues are actively contributing. Groups of students and mentors, along with local working non-govermental organizations get included directly into solving the living problems in socially deprivileged environments at home and abroad. Their socially engaged actions, taking place "from the ground up", are important for local communities, as well as for the students of architecture, improving living conditions for real people in real circumstances. They work hand in hand and through the building experience, they get to know different materials and constructions. Thought shifts are also very important - knowing, that with knowledge and will there is a possibility to contribute to problem solving and that even a humble architecture can impact the people's better living conditions. Last but not least, it is important, that also in an architectural proffesion being tightly involved in capitalistic currents, there is always an alternative.

The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Faculty of architecture in Ljubljana.