2018 URBAN CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place, Urban
Children use a makeshift bridge to cross a water channel in Kikoni, Makerere III, in Kampala. Many neighbourhoods in the capital city are constructed informally, and open drainage is widely used to manage waste as well as the heavy water flows that come during rainy season, but these wide channels brimming with contaminated outflows provide hazards for residents as well as breeding grounds for disease.
2nd Place, Urban
A woman walks passed an apartment block on Gerezani Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
3rd Place, Urban
Raed Isma Wandera rests on a chair in his one-room house in Kasubi, Kampala. Wandera graduated with a first class degree in Information Technology from Kampala University in 2016 and was the overall best student in his class, but he has failed to find a job. Raed is only one of a huge number of unemployed graduates, and the state is struggling to address this growing issue, with corruption and inefficiency eating away at funds that could have been used to create opportunities for young people while simultaneously promoting economic growth in the country. Instead of having access to credit or accessible internship opportunities, Raed is trapped in the debris of a corrupt society and a poor theoretical education system.
Honorable Mention, Urban
Challenging the Norm
Architecture in Uganda is typically very conservative, following an established template of construction techniques, materials and building types, and even so there is at least one major building collapse every three years. This project, a boutique mall in Muyenga, Kampala, highlights these existing norms and the need to challenge them. The contractor employs local craftsmen to work with local materials, and there is a gender balance throughout all the professional and casual work, demonstrating new approaches to the construction process.
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