architecture

Climate and Architecture – Kenchikushi 9.2020

Mothers cooking or working at a sewing machine, children studying, men playing games with their neighbors and old men sitting in chairs all day with beer in their hands… Walking down the alleys, you can find people spending their time in the shade, feeling the fresh breeze…

Architecture made by people -Kenchikushi 8.2020

In contrast, in Uganda, whose population is exploding with an oveflowing of young workers, the assumption is that everything must be done by hand. Even if it takes ten men ten days, the cost of renting heavy machinery, petrol and drivers is much higher than the cost of manual labour…

Creativity Starts with Giving Up -Kenchikushi 6.2020

In all the sites we have designed and supervised, we have learned to “give up”. No matter how much research we do at the design stage, we can’t feel secure until we have seen with our own eyes the materials delivered to the site and the work is actually being done. There was no such thing as a “plan” on the job site, and everything we had envisioned would fall apart one after another…

Local Burnt Bricks -Kenchikushi 5.2020

The term “terroir” is a concept well known among wine and coffee producers and enthusiasts. Not only the variety of grapes and beans, but also the characteristics of the natural environment, such as the soil and the climate in which they are grown, have a significant impact on the taste and quality of the wine or coffee when it is consumed…

Life and Informality -Kenchikushi 4.2020

The city is full of informal things. In the suburbs of the capital city of Kampala, rapid change is evident as high-rise buildings and low-rise residences are being built here and there, while the people who live there seem to be living at a slower pace, neither panicked nor flattered by the changes…

Life and Development -Kenchikushi 3.2020

The capital city of Kampala is located in the south of the country and has trunk roads that radiates from the center to the north-east-west. The main transportation for people and goods is the automobile, mostly used Japanese cars…

Mpindi’s Pottery (Uganda – Japan)

Since my return from Japan in April 2015, I continued to research and practice through experimenting with different pottery clay bodies testing their capabilities to stand long-range firings and various atmospheres…