A Design Intervention
A Design Source Newsletter, June 2020


Dear Reader,
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. ~ Vince Lombardi

Featured Project


The Sub-Saharan African region has a population close to 1 billion people, a rapidly emerging middle class and the potential for strong economic growth. Major existing and planned investments in the region have been focused on infrastructure. In this project Egoli explores the true African hospitality market opportunity, a representation of the untapped potential for development opportunities

Rethinking the concept of home

As the world is slowly reopening, easing lockdown measures, everyone is adapting to new realities. Imposing drastic adjustments to our lives, the coronavirus has introduced a new “normal”, changing our perceptions and altering our priorities. As we move forward in the different phases of the pandemic, we will focus again on our intimate spaces. The quality and comfort of our homes will become at the top of the list.  A residence is no longer just a place to eat, sleep and shower before venturing into a bustling world of school, work and social activities. While we are confined in our houses, we are rethinking our requirements and needs, along with the “new normal”: from green areas and gardens, exploitable rooftops, natural light, and ventilation, balconies, and terraces, minimal and wholesome indoor environments, transitional and filtered entrances, etc.




In a small apartment, you might not have the luxury of having an entirely separate room to use as a study — but that doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a little space for working and creating at home. It is imperative, for the sake of our own mental health and work-efficiency to ensure that we create an environment that encourages us to work. That being said, it is also important to carve out a work-free zone. Designating a space that is not for work is part of creating healthy work-life boundaries for psychological wellness.

Necessity Is The Mother of Invention


In these times, the proverbial saying, “necessity is the mother of invention” has never been truer.

What could be more ‘necessary’ than to combat the spread of the coronavirus,  As COVID-19 rears its ugly, highly infectious head, and medical professionals across the world face a severe shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the design and architectural industry is extending its arms to help as best in these troubled times. Part of these PPEs include visors that some architectural firms have now turned to making. These shields (or visors) are screens to cover the face in order to block the droplet infection from transmitting, from entering the eyes, nose and mouth and to prevent users from touching their faces. 

Another architecture firm has proposed to convert huge container ships into hospitals, which can then sail to cities infected with coronavirus, especially those that lack basic healthcare facilities. According to their design, these container hospitals will contain one intensive care unit and 2,000 beds.

Flat-pack startup Jupe has unveiled the "world's first standalone intensive care unit"(which was originally founded to provide housing to the homeless) and several other pop-up care facilities to help hospitals under pressure due to coronavirus.

What we've been up to...


Our co-director, also Building In Kenya's co-author, Emma Miloyo was a panelist on a recently completed webinar series by Building In Kenya in partnership with BuyRent Kenya. The webinar, titled 'The Real Estate Sector Is Changing, Are You Ready?' focussed on educating real estate players in equipping themselves for the new reality as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Other panelists were, James Waweru, a sales manager at Buy Rent Kenya, George Laboso, Head of Mortgage at Absa Bank Kenya, and the moderator Robyn T. Emerson, co-author of Building In Kenya.

Check out our YouTube!


We're excited to announce that we now have a Youtube channel that features our ongoing and upcoming projects. Check it out to keep updated!

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