On Saturday 1st March 2014, Mali Order of Architects celebrated her 25th Anniversary with the theme: “Promoting Traditional African Architectural Heritage, Peace & Development”.
The ceremony took place under the distinguished chairmanship of the newly appointed Prime Minister of Mali Republic, His Excellency, Mr. Moussa Mara, (the then Minister for Habitat and City Policy during the event), in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Ali Bathily , Mali Minister for Justice and AUA President, Arc. Tokunbo Omisore as the Special Guest of Honour of this prestigious event.
The 40-Member Countries of the Africa Union of Architects join the President in congratulating His Excellency Mr. Moussa Mara, on his new appointment as the Prime Minister of Mali, and wishes that his term in office will take Mali to greater heights.
After the meeting, AUA President presented the points adopted during the Strategic Council of the OMA Members, on 2nd February 2014, which were adopted by Mr. Lazare Eloundou, the Representative of UNESCO Office in Mali, as follows:
- Regarding the upcoming event of the 14th March 2014, Messrs. Ahmadu Bore & Issaka Timbely of AUA & OMA respectively, will contact the Malian Ministry of Culture to implement the suggestion of the AUA President as follows:
- The Order of Mali Architects (OMA) will work closely with UNESCO team to rebuild and understudy the fourteen (14) Shrines destroyed in Timbuktu and environs.
- OMA President, Mr. Issa Timbely, the AUA Vice President West Region, Mr. Amadou Bore, and others will attend and support the UNESCO reconstruction activity on 14th March 2014 in Timbuktu.
- The requested Resident Architect(s) to understudy and supervise the reconstruction works process will be provided by the OMA at a reasonable remuneration to UNESCO.
- The proposed plan to integrate modern and traditional African Architecture, through a “Special School of Architecture” to be developed in Mali in the nearest future by OMA with the support of the AUA and her 40-Member Countries. Mr. Gaetan Siew , the AUA Trustee and Chairman, Visions & Strategy, will take this up with UNESCO on behalf of the AUA and the OMA especially the proposed Competition for the Reconstruction of the Monument Al Farouk destroyed in Timbuktu.
- The AUA plans to showcase the African Architectural Heritage in Mali at the upcoming UIA Congress in Durban, 1st – 10th August 2014. This will be achieved with the assistance of Ms. Firdaous Oussidhoum, the AUA Director External Relations and the OMA.
At the Conference held to mark the 25th Anniversary of the OMA the AUA charged the Malian Architects with the task to:
- Support the protection and promote the awareness of the African Architectural identity through the heritage deeply rooted in Mali.
- Understudy the traditional African Architecture of Timbuktu and its cultural values.
- Join the AUA rebranding of the African Architecture and exhibit the traditional African Architecture of Timbuktu and environs at the International Union of Architects Congress in Durban August 2014.
For more information on the above, the AUA recommends the book (cover shown to the left) written by Mr. Eloundo Lazare, the Uneconomical Chief-in-Charge of Heritage in Africa now posted to the UN Office in Mali.
100 DAYS & COUNTING DOWN TO WORLD ARCHITECTURAL CONGRESS IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
The 25th International Union of Architects World Congress, UIA 2014 Durban, will hold at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 3rd – 7th August 2014. This is the first time that this Congress will hold in Africa and 6000 delegates are expected from around the world. The International Union of Architects (UIA) organizes a World Congress every three years, and there have been 24 previous UIA Congresses.
The current standard Registration Fee (R4500) has just been extended for another month till 31st May 2014, after which the fee will increase. I strongly encourage ALL section members to attend!
The Congress theme, ‘architecture OTHERWHERE‘, will celebrate diversity by exploring other communities, other regions, other disciplines, and other ways of thinking about, practising and teaching Architecture. The intention is to acknowledge the built environment as a major force that may be harnessed towards a better life for all – through the sub-themes RESILIENCE, ECOLOGY and VALUES.
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1) AUA Council Meeting and CPD Workshop on Canberra Accord.
Venue: Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 5th – 7th December, 2013
2) Ghana Institute of Architects holds ECO BUILD CONFERENCE
Venue: Accra, Ghana
Date: 8th – 11th December, 2013
Summary of the AUA President, Tokunbo Omisore’s presentation in Rabat 2013 titled “Infrastructural regenerating developments are sought & celebrated by the world. Africa continues her ‘catching up’ strategy at the expense of her people’s degeneration over time…” reviewed why Africa should be cautious in catching up with the overpopulated and overpriced World. Africa must find her solutions and deal with some of her main challenges:
- Lack of infrastructures in terms of transportation, renewable energy technologies, and housing.
- Capital flight
- Insufficient Research and Development
To resolve these issues, the following solutions were suggested:
- The living conditions of the less privileged in cities need to be improved;
- It is important to restrict capital flight and brain drain from Africa
- Africa must control population explosion
- There is a need to invest in Research and Development which is the key to affordable Development.
The latter suggestion was successfully applied during the AFRIBAT FORUM held in Tangier, Morocco in June 2013, aiming specifically at promoting “Made in Africa” as a brand, through exhibition of
goods made in Africa, usage of local materials and support to innovative solutions for Capacity
Building in Africa.
The AUA President, Tokunbo Omisore also emphasized on the fact that affordable development for
sustainability must involve social, economic and environmental sustainability, and concluded his
presentation on these solemn words : « For African Cities to become and remain attractive we need
PEACE. We must all support POVERTY alleviation through POPULATION control and AFFORDABLE Developments for Sustainability ».
Opening Ceremony & Centenary celebration-Rabat 2013 World Summit