Africa – the sleeping large on this planet of constructing development

Africa – the sleeping large on this planet of constructing development

Africa – the sleeping large on this planet of constructing development

As they are saying, necessity is the mom of invention. Now that globalization is with us, Africans have to up their sport in development methodology to satisfy the present demand. Points reminiscent of inhabitants explosion, urbanization, restricted provide of supplies, value of labor, and so on. should be addressed.

In early occasions, labor was not a lot of an impediment as individuals may use slaves to construct constructions reminiscent of Fort Jesus. At present, within the design strategy of constructions, the price of labor should be included for the mission to be viable.


Africans should undertake new development strategies used elsewhere on this planet. The constructing code in Kenya needs to be open to permit for different requirements reminiscent of American requirements that are extremely developed with regards to the usage of Pre-Engineered Metal buildings. It is also about time somebody made an African commonplace, regardless of how far-fetched it sounds. As soon as analysis is completed on African constructing strategies reminiscent of adobe, timber constructions, a normal can emerge to assist the remainder of the world make their selections.


Residence constructing options which have been used for hundreds of years right here in Kenya may be revived to ease housing shortages.

Adobe has been utilized in Kenya for hundreds of years. Analysis must be accomplished to commercialize the usage of Adobe in development. At present, Indians and Chinese language are exporting fiber cement boards to be used as wall panels. If Adobe know-how is additional explored, I am positive somebody enterprising sufficient will quickly discover an alternative choice to fiber cement boards and decrease the price of development.
The world’s main worldwide multinationals in cement, reminiscent of La Farge, additionally began from step one, so it is by no means too late.


China and India are doing good enterprise exporting ceramic tiles to Kenya. Ceramic tiles are principally created from clay soil, which now we have loads of right here in Kenya.

Our ancestors have been making pottery from clay for a number of centuries. The manufacturing of ceramic tiles is much like the standard methodology of baking clay pots. Due to this fact, if an enterprising Kenyan can develop a technique for the business manufacturing of ceramics, we won’t have to import this “Asian soil” into Kenya.


The costliest roofing product available on the market is the stone-faced metal tile-covered roofing profile. That is bought in Kenya by firms reminiscent of South African Harvey Roofing Merchandise, Australian Decra Area and Type and Dura Roofing Tiles.

This roof tile mimics the thatched roof that now we have been utilizing right here in Kenya for hundreds of years. This is because of the truth that the straw roof has the perfect aesthetic look and insulation. That is one other approach Africans can work to enhance the availability of constructing supplies.

Texture paint

The costliest paint available on the market proper now could be a tough textured paint like Crown Ruff n Tuff. Once more, this paint is pricey as a result of it tries to seize the nice appears to be like of adobe mud wall and likewise the excessive insulation qualities of adobe mud partitions.

Adobe mud partitions have been utilized in Africa for hundreds of years. If we are able to work on enhancing it and producing it for the worldwide market, we’ll save plenty of overseas trade and create jobs.

Some factories in South Africa produce plastic straw imitations which can be exported to the remainder of the world. If we are able to perform some research, we are able to absolutely discover a resolution that’s higher than the prevailing imitations.


The costliest doorways available on the market in the mean time are hand curved picket doorways. We have now nice Swahili doorways in Kenya. Once more, if these are produced for export to the worldwide market, this can result in job and revenue era right here in Africa.

In Kenya now we have plenty of artistic wooden and picket furnishings that’s conventional. This may be produced commercially for export. An excellent instance is the Bamboo furnishings bought at Ramboo, Mombasa Highway, manufactured in South Africa and exported to Kenya.


Imported slate stone tiles and ground tiles are very costly. In Kenya now we have Mazeras stone ground finishes which if effectively reduce and polished is usually a main export for the nation. Due to this fact, you will need to observe that Africa has the potential to produce the world with distinctive constructing supplies. All we have to do is assume exterior the field and ship distinctive constructing merchandise to the world at a low value.

This can be a sleeping large ready to be woke up on this space. Let’s hope that the brand new structure will get up this large.

Architect Frank Gichuhi

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