Indigenous Perspectives: the Post-Conflict Landscapes of Rwanda

  • Killian Doherty Bartlett School of Architecture

Abstract

Much of Rwanda’s conflict can be traced to the relation between human (culture) and non-human (nature) that defined territories and ethnic divisions in pre-colonial Rwanda. These human and non-human relations, exploited by European colonialism, have become increasingly estranged through the influence of Eurocentric forms of architecture, urban and rural planning. This practice-based research explores the relations between Rwanda’s human settlements and the landscape to provide insight into emergent spaces of conflict. The hope is that where a meeting of different perspectives is articulated a form of architecture as mediation may emerge.

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Author Biography

Killian Doherty, Bartlett School of Architecture

Killian Doherty is an architect who has practiced in New Orleans, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Rwanda and runs a collaborative practice ‘Architectural Field Office’, that has a particular interest in sites of conflict, and the dissonance of modernity and development in Africa. He has written for the Architectural Review, Mascontext and VOLUME magazine on these themes. He currently is undertaking a PhD by Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture. For more see www.architecturalfieldoffice.org

How to Cite
DOHERTY, Killian. Indigenous Perspectives: the Post-Conflict Landscapes of Rwanda. FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], p. 151-156, feb. 2017. ISSN 1875-1504. Available at: <https://journals.library.tudelft.nl/index.php/footprint/article/view/1435>. Date accessed: 24 feb. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/footprint.10.2.1435.
Published
2017-02-04