SUB-SAHARA INTERSTICE //
A HOUSING PROPOSAL FOR DIAKOUNDA ARTS VILLAGE
Being the second largest Continent on earth, Africa faces many challenges, primarily, its infrastructure. In retrospect, Africa is a cluster of many villages with many cultures/tribes that are sporadically situated in many site conditions. Some larger than others due to trade and later becoming cities. However, with the advent of computing, environmentally safe materials, and advanced construction techniques for building; one is left to ask, the future of mud architecture, and where the next urban sprawl begin. Sub-Sahara interstice, is a prototype that seeks to generate a pragmatic and scalable village/urban condition. At the core of this urban condition are a series of interconnected programs, materials and site conditions. These being, the orientation of each massing block in relation to the trajectory of the sun, solar heat gain, flow of rain precipitation, local source material (laterite), and courtyards. The first phase of the project is to orient the housing block in the trajectory of the sun reducing solar heat that affects the units. Furthermore, to create larger shade zones by extending the roof and redirect rain fall towards the shaded areas by sloping the roof. In doing so, additional courtyards are generated that are independent from the internal courtyards that are found in the housing modules in the first phase. It is here that the interstice occurs, in phase two. This interstice, is a catalyst that generates many courtyards that are equidistant from the modular housing units. The expansion of this sprawl becomes the village, town, and city. Sub-Sahara Interstice is a site-specific condition, that generates an urban topology that is modular, scalable and responsive to the site.