A Design Intervention
A Design Source Newsletter, September 2020


“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”  – Le Corbusier

Featured Project


Set on a steeply slowing site, this project is sure to take your breath away! Manyani East is conceived around a series of three boxes with the overall effect of a rich pictorial composition of masses. The client’s aim is to create an outstandingly beautiful building that meets their aesthetic and functional needs and Design Source in collaboration with Paragon Architects were more than happy to oblige.

Modular Construction and Covid?

The curve-ball that is Covid has brought with it a lot of lessons; both positive and negative. Among the innumerable lessons, it has highlighted the need to design and build fast in emergency situations. Enter modular construction. Modular construction or, as it is commonly referred to, ‘off-site manufacturing’, is the process whereby a property/building is designed and manufactured offsite.  Such buildings can range from houses to components. Once complete, they are transported and erected on-site within the fraction of the time of a traditional construction method i.e. bricks and mortar.
The pandemic has clearly shown why modular construction is a good fit for hospitals; we’ve seen whole hospitals set up in as little as two weeks. It should, therefore, not take a lot of convincing for one to see why this mode of design should be implemented in other sectors. This building technique is fast, flexible, and less wasteful than traditional building. The quick and flexible nature of modular construction could have far-reaching uses outside of the medical industry. Education and Housing are just but a few where modular construction can be of great benefit.
Keilor Primary School is made from prefabricated modules.

Education institutions often still have insufficient space for both teaching and accommodation, and modular construction can go a long way to plugging that need.

Keilor Primary School
Modular construction in the housing sector can increase the development of healthy affordable housing by saving significant cost, time, and resources. It could help solve housing crises in many markets and significantly reshape the way we build today.

What's going on at DS...

We at Design Source would like to give special recognition to our own Jacktone Mumelo who recently turned five! Five years at Design Source, just to be clear. Congratulations are in order, Jack!

Don't Sleep On It!

Our co-director, Emma Miloyo alongside Building In Kenya's co-author recently spoke all about real estate investment on a webinar hosted by the Rotaract Club of Karura. Lots of great pointers from these ladies! 
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