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Wangari Maathai Insitute

Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Wangari Maathai Insitute
Architect
dhk Architects
Engineers/Specialists
WSP Group Africa
Further Specialists
Land Use Consulting
Location
Africa - Kenia - Nairobi
Climate Zone
tropical
Design status
project
Date of completion
2014
Type
Mixed use
Site area (m²)
578482
Footprint (m²)
20400
GFA (m²)
43300
Density
0.075
Building Costs
71500000 EUR
Building Costs / m² GFA
1651.27
Cooling / Heating-System

Passive ventilation with thermal chimneys, passive cooling with rock store and natural ventialtion to perimeter areas.

Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, solar chimneys, use of high thermal mass, others
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
solar heating, photovoltaics, energy recuperation, energy storage
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

waste strategy to remove non-recyclable materials from procurement, nutrient cycles to be closed by using compostable waste for fertiliser on agri-plots. recycling to be partnered with local business opportunities.

Key Sustainability aspects
solar building integration, vernacular building strategies, public spaces, accessability for disabled, renewable building materials, recycling and reuse, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, use of innovative design tools, zero energy design
Sustainability rated
GREEN STAR
Social and ethical responsibility

The Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies [WMI] is to be located on a lush and steeply sloping 50-acre site at the University of Nairobi Kabete campus. Envisaged as a functional and inspiring hub of activities in the area of natural resource management and education for sustainable development, the Green Campus will be the home of the Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies of Noble Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai. Professor Maathai sees the potential of the project as introducing a new way of learning - an experience that will ensure that there is a link between the knowledge student's gain during their tertiary training, and their capacity to apply it to transform the societies in which they live. The WMI will be a dynamic educational and practical landscape demonstrating sustainable techniques in natural resource management, agriculture and production as a step in the path to sustainable human development through peace and democracy. The innovative learning platforms within the campus intended to teach critical environmental concepts such as climate change showcase a new way of experiential learning to ensure that there is a link between the knowledge student's gain during their tertiary training, and their capacity to apply it to transform the societies in which they live. In accordance with the Green Belt Movements principles of mobilizing community consciousness for self-determination, equity, improved livelihoods and security, and environmental conservation, the site, landscape and architecture have been approached in terms of long-term stewardship, sustainable management of resources, education and empowerment. The design is intended to have a positive environmental, social and economic benefit on the site and also on neighbouring areas and communities.

Ressource efficiency and environmental impact

In accordance with the brief relating to carbon emissions mitigation, self-sufficiency and resource efficiency the WMI will be designed to be a carbon neutral zero-waste facility and a net exporter of clean water. Robust strategies for each of these goals will take into account the operation of the institute, relationship with local communities and the dynamic ecological functions of the site in its relationship with surrounding areas. Passive strategies have been prioritised over active for its environmental and servicing requirements focusing on resource efficiency (passive and low-energy solutions to occupant comfort, ventilation and lighting) and alternative energy generation (biogas/biomass, solar thermal and solar PV). In alignment with the principles of permaculture and eco-sufficiency in a specific African context, low-tech solutions have been prioritised, while solutions making use of locally available and relevant skills and high-tech technologies have also been considered

Economic lifecycle perfomance

The design is underpinned by a thoroughly integrated approach to sustainability fusing land use management, architecture and engineering intended to increase environmental awareness locally and globally and to provide a facility which integrates its functional and performance requirements with the community, ecology and broad education. The institute will be benchmarked using the GBCSA education rating tool seeking accreditation of a 6 star rating - broadly equivalent to LEED Platinum.

Contextual performance and impact

The WMI is expected to meet stringent sustainability and conservation criteria, aiming to achieve close to 100% carbon neutrality and self-sufficiency. The competition entry gave expression to the vision of Wangari Maathai and the values and principles of the Green Belt Movement by approaching the site, landscape and architecture in terms of long-term stewardship, sustainable management of resources, education and empowerment. Based upon fundamental concepts of sustainable management, the landscape approach aims to ensure that any use does not damage the site or reduce its ability to withstand that use for future generations. The vision goes further to propose that the treatment of the site should have a positive environmental, social and economic benefit not only on the site itself, but also on neighbouring areas and communities. Designed to nestle seamlessly into its surroundings capturing the dramatic views towards Mt Kenya, the Institute will be the focal point of the property in terms of form, massing and location while the undulating green/pv roof responds to the sites natural contours. Strong complimentary connections with the University Campus and local community are important and we have endeavoured to strengthen these ties with positive vehicular and pedestrian links. Locating the institute on land with minimal agricultural value has allowed the retention of level field areas for learning platforms and appropriate agricultural demonstrations, as well as retaining mature tree specimens. At the heart of the scheme is the welcoming and dignified democratic space sheltered by a tensile roof on tripod tree-like columns evoking tree planting and the three legs of the traditional African stool seen by Maathai as representing democratic space, sustainable & accountable management and cultures of peace.