Ghana has launched its first Architecture and Design festival. The nationwide series of events which takes place in November, will feature over 30 events, exhibitions, workshops, open houses, tours, installations and panel discussions.
The highlight of
the festival is a two-day design and architectural showcase at The Octagon in
Accra. Designed to give attendees an experiential and interactive perspective
of architecture and design in Ghana, the showcase will bring together over 100
of Ghana’s best architects, architectural firms, interior designers and
decorators for a magnificent showcase to climax the festival.
Full Schedule of Events
2nd Nov – Rooftop Tour
9th Nov – Bicycle Tour
16th Nov – Interior and Art Workshop
22nd – 23rd Nov – Exhibition and Installation Showcase
1 – 30th November – Open Houses and Installations in Select Locations
Earlier this year, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) named Ghana one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With growth comes infrastructure, so it is no surprise that Ghana’s real estate, architectural and design landscape has seen tremendous growth accompanying the announcement. However, the country still battles with a housing deficit of two million housing units, which, according to the Minister for Works and Housing – Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, would take 10 years to bridge. In light of this, the theme for the festival this year is ‘Living Spaces’ and seeks to highlight projects, concepts and alternative building materials by Ghanaian students and established architects toward a solution to affordable housing.
The Octagon in Accra
‘It is our hope that through the festival, we will unearth designs, concepts and substitutes for the cement block and mortar structures which are expensive and unfriendly to our environment. We intend to contribute to a reduction in the deficit by showcasing housing solutions that can be developed and implemented immediately while being aesthetic, functional and affordable for the average Ghanaian’,
Emelia Ainooson, the Managing Director of Brandason, organizers of the festival.
The festival, which is also an
educational initiative, will host a workshop in conjunction with She Grows It
(SGI), to teach participants about leveraging their existing properties to
generate additional funding for entrepreneurial endeavors. Participants will
also benefit from a plethora of other workshops and informative panel
discussions to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for the building
arts and encourage budding young talent in the industry to aspire to greater
heights in a bid to develop the nation and improve the standards of living
through affordable living alternatives and a healthier, more beautiful country.
Ghana Architecture and Design Festival is supported by the Ghana Institute of
Architects and the Interior Designers and Decorators Ghana.