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FCBS charity builds Ugandan teacher’s house

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The Richard Feilden Foundation has collaborated with a Ugandan NGO to build a low-cost and sustainable home in Eastern Uganda


Volunteers from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) worked alongside local trainee masons to build a sustainable housing prototype that could be built in both rural and urban locations.

The project provides on site accommodation for a school teachers who often have to travel long distances from other villages to reach their work.

The foundation worked with HYT Uganda – a locally-run NGO which trains young Ugandans in using compressed earth building technology. Through this training they hope to reduce production of fired bricks which leads to the devastation of biodiversity in the area and increases CO2 emissions.

The walls of the house have been created using interlocking earth blocks which also reduce the need for cement.

The house features a double height space to allow cross ventilation, an overhanging roof, shared indoor and outdoor social spaces, and solar powered lighting.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios associate Anja Grossman, said: ‘Facts and figures are daunting: Uganda has the third fastest growing population worldwide, only behind Niger and Somalia, with half of its people below the age of 15. It is, and will continue to be, a huge challenge to provide education in this country to all. 

‘This project is a small contribution but crucial nevertheless. During the rainy season, when the dirt roads turn into mud making travel impossible, teachers who often live far won’t make it to school for days, so accommodation on site is critical to enable continuity in the curriculum and provide essential primary school education.’ 

Architect Nathan Ovens, added: ‘It was an enlightening experience partnering with HYT to develop a modest yet environmentally friendly house that is suitable for the local context, climate and literally built from the soil on which it sits. The design also challenges that a typical Ugandan home by providing a central shared communal space that encourages a sense of community among resident teachers.

‘I especially enjoyed getting my hands dirty on site, eating lots of posho and beans, and working with the local team who also helped refine the design on site, increasing a sense of ownership. It is amazing what can be achieved with a mud block in one hand and a machete in the other!’

The project is now set to be extended across the country where there is an urgent need for sustainable housing.

Soil and No Water by the Richard Feilden Foundation

Soil and No Water by the Richard Feilden Foundation

Source: Marcus Farnfield


Soil and No Water by the Richard Feilden Foundation

Soil and No Water by the Richard Feilden Foundation


Soil and No Water by the Richard Feilden Foundation

Soil and No Water by the Richard Feilden Foundation


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