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A Design Intervention
A Design Source Newsletter, March 2020

 

It is not our differences that divide us, it is the inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences. ~ Audre Lorde

Excellence in Architecture!

JESAM ADMINISTRATION CENTER

Amazing news! We are proud to announce that we won the Architectural Association of Kenya's awards of excellence in architecture. One of our gems, JESAM administration center won 1st Runners Up for Best Cultural Project and we are over the moon! A regular feature in our newsletters, the center involved the creation of an aesthetic, unique and contemporary design that can be managed in an environmentally sensitive manner offering an interactive experience to the users.

Standing Together...

Today we must stand together. Whoever we are, wherever we are. We must stand together for the peace, for the integrity, for the future of this country.
Today we must remove distinctions of high and low, rich and poor, caste or creed.


In the wake of the international pandemic facing our country, may we stand together, pray together and take the necessary precautions to minimise spread of the COVID-19 virus

Design Source Work From Home Arrangement
We hope this message finds you well.

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic and following the Kenyan government's directive on safety restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
Design source is taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our  clients, collaborating consultants, contractors and staff.

Our office is closed from Tuesday 18th March. We will however be working remotely from home utilizing our Cloud Platforms for project file access , project management and task assignment.

We also wish to further inform you that we will be suspending all scheduled group meetings and inspections for the next few weeks. Some meetings will however be organized via video conferencing. 
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to resuming normal operations soon.

Stay safe!

Pandemic Architecture

“Extraordinary times” require extraordinary design.
What Can Architecture Do for our Health?

Architecture shapes Disease cities. 
When the needs of citizens change, so do their cities and their homes.

There is a strong connection between health and architecture. Since ancient times, health care has been associated with the construction and use of specialized medical buildings and structures. Architecture helps shape the quality of our environments and can contribute to health and wellbeing. In the case of an emergency due to an epidemic or pandemic disease such as COVID-19, a city is confronted with large-scale needs in supplies, medical spaces and cemeteries. 
Therefore, designing places of living in the future should not only take into account functional spaces for individual and collective needs, but should also protect health, as humans spend more and more of their time isolated in built spaces
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By designing for the needs of a pandemic reality, architects act as guarantors and guardians of the Public Health of a community. A challenge to fellow architects out there; can buildings and cities be designed with global pandemics in mind?

What we've been up to...

Even before I learn I must be safe ~ Our co-director Emma Miloyo in an interview by Property Focus on NTV Kenya.

Safety should be the key consideration in the structures and design layout in learning institutions. Let's invest in spaces for our children to learn and play. Catch the rest of the interview to learn about the relationship between learning and safety.

Eiffel who?

Bringing light to these dark times


Bridges can be massive pieces of architecture that are seen daily by the people surrounding it, so it only makes sense to consult the community on what it should look like. The tallest bridge in the world is also considered one of the greatest feats of engineering. Built to ease traffic issues, the Millau Viaduct of southern France spans 2,460 meters across the gorge valley of the River Tarn and offers incredible views of the region. Sorry, Paris, the Millau Viaduct is taller than the Eiffel Tower; one mast is 343 meters or 1,125.5 feet tall.
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