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Architect Rose Dama Visits Diaspora University Town Site

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From Left: Architect Paul Gathitu, Roads Civil Engineer Joseph Mwandairo, Architect Rose Dama & Suveyor Mathias Mjomba From Left: Architect Paul Gathitu, Roads Civil Engineer Joseph Mwandairo, Architect Rose Dama & Suveyor Mathias Mjomba

Architect Rose Dama, who has in the past one year worked on the preliminary designs of Town Houses, Warehouses, Apartments and other buildings visited the Diaspora University Town. She was accompanied by Architect Paul Gathitu, who has expressed interest in joining the Architectural team that will deliver the University Town. The project is expected to engage a team of more than ten (10) architectural designers who shall design and oversee the delivery of about 2 million square meters of space and 120 km roads.

Rose, who is finishing her 6 years studies in Architecture, is optimistic that her generation will eradicate slums. She says, “The idea is to make rural areas sustainable in themselves with proper infrastructure and employment opportunities. This will curb the rate of rural- urban migration which causes congestion in urban areas and a strain to the available housing and other services.” Rose in designing the Diaspora University Town that will contribute 20,000 jobs is part of those who shall eliminate slums through designing of new towns.

During her visit to the land she liked the area the University Town will be created. She was at the site to see the land topography, fauna and flora that will be part of the design. She says, “Architects need to design buildings that are more green and friendly to the environment. Buildings that are efficient in their use of resources, reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation. This will not only lead to a clean and healthy environment but will also increase user productivity.”

Rose asked if as an Architect she can deliver a building like the 250,000 sq m Empire State Building of 102 Storeys in 400 days as was done in 1931 answers, “I believe I can achieve this, challenging as it may be. With the use of prefabricated components like slabs and walls, quick setting in-situ concrete, a huge team of both skilled and unskilled labour and proper planning and supervision, it would probably take less than 400 days.”

As Diaspora University Town project progresses to deliver of 2 million square meters in 5 years the project is happy to have a designer like Rose on board. Current and future generations will benefit from her passion for design as she leaves a legacy through architectural design. Kenya and indeed the world will benefit as she, Paul and other designers solve complex challenges artistically through the beauty of architectural design.

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