MIGRATING CULTURE is an African / American design campaign creatively established in 2006 with key projects in Ghana- West Africa.
Idealistically the original concept in 2006 was to organize a consortium of artisans that would enable a cultural exchange both locally (Ghana) and worldwide. To showcase their skills, techniques and trades in an effort to produce modern solutions to a variety of the challenges that confront developing communities; with emphasis on rural applications, due to the abundance of both human and natural resources present.
With its founder Brandon Rogers newly based in Ghana (2006) and having a strong background in architectural design and interest in the construction industry, the collective decided to begin twofold. First, by researching and investigating the current conditions of construction and development throughout the rural countryside; in order to determine methods of improvement and secondly by identifying and training local tradesmen in sustainable / green building principles with the goal of creating a network on the ground that could help implement the proposed design solutions.
Over the next few years (2007-2010) Brandon collaborated with local architecture firms (Constructs, LLC), non-profit organizations (Fihankra International & Hope for Africa), and numerous local builders and professionals in Accra and throughtout a number of rural villages. With the knowledge and perspective gained from both his research and in-field experiences, Brandon began to promote sustainable/ green building techniques as alternative solutions to the traditional methods of atapami / wattle and daub construction (a process of hand packing clay soil to form mud walls, which has been used for thousands of years) and other standard practices of solid sand-crete block construction.
As a result of the interest in his promoted design styles and alternative techniques, coupled with the successful construction of a personal rural micro studio set in the beautiful countryside; the team was urged to further expand their portfolio by constructing more examples. The next phase involved a MC build campaign (2010-2013) which introduced a practical pragmatic solution to the age old technique of atapami / wattle and daub construction called EarthBag Building. The goal was to showcase a technique which the average rural family could utilize to build stronger, more efficient homes.
Funding was secured for a select series of projects from repatriates (USA/UK) who shared similar interests: in our design styles / building techniques, desired developing rural residence in Ghana, and had the time and temperament to undertake our experimental process. To date Brandon and the diverse team of tradesmen and youth apprentices compiled have constructed three projects, which continue to display the possibilities of the earth bag wall system and other green methods.
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