ArchNet, in partnership with the MIT Media Lab and Professor Charles Correa, have developed an architecture competition in the form of a charrette. The competition is to design a Computer Clubhouse geared towards use by all members of the community, but particularly young people of ages 10-18, in a tropical climate in East Africa. The Computer Clubhouse project is an international network of community technology centers for youth from economically disadvantaged communities. The Computer Clubhouse is to be situated within the context of a school, the Aga Khan Academy in Kilindini, operated by the Aga Khan Education Services in Mombasa, Kenya.
The project is a competition involving five schools of architecture from around the world for the design of a Computer Clubhouse. These schools are:
American University of Sharjah; Istanbul Technical University; Misr International University; University of Liverpool; and, University of Mexico.
This Competition seeks to expand the role of the Clubhouse to not only empower youths from economically disadvantaged communities, but also provide evening activities for adults in the form of classes, workshops, and other activities. Although working at different times of the day, adults and youth will come to share the same spirit of collaborative creativity through the environment and tools provided by the Computer Clubhouse building.
The Aga Khan Academy in Kilindini is located on a southwestern promontory of Mombasa Island. Already revealing the intricate outlines of a Swahili village, the 4.1-hectare campus will integrate classrooms, libraries, state-of-the-art science and language laboratories, playing fields and a swimming pool into a fully networked, Internet-enabled academic environment. The Academy is scheduled for completion in September of 2003. Landscaped amidst ancient baobab trees, overlooking the Indian Ocean, the school complex is designed, like others under development, by leading international and local architects.
Computer Clubhouse of the Aga Khan Academy (Variant)
In the early 2000s, the wireless laptop and the cellphone are transforming spatial patterns once more. With a laptop, anyplace is potentially a workplace. And with wireless connection, anyplace within range of a base station can have network access. This erodes the traditional architectural and urban zoning distinctions among workspace, domestic space, and recreational space. It creates demand for pleasant places, such as café tables, that can informally and temporarily be appropriated as workspace. And, in benign climates, it opens up the possibility of much more intensively and effectively using outdoor space as workspace.
A description of how wireless technology is changing architecture and space design. This document was produced to provide background for the Computer Clubhouse Competition.