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2012 Ghana

GHANA Field Studio: Fabricating Cross-Cultural Roots

Instructor: James Chaffers
Location: Ghana
Dates Abroad: May 6 - May 27, 2012

Spring ‘12 studio studies will be sited in the grasslands of Bolgatanga, northern Ghana, the highlands of Kumasi, Central Ghana, and along the Atlantic Ocean shore in the capital city of Accra. Studio instruction in Ghana — supplemented with extended field trips throughout Ghana and neighboring, Burkina Faso — will center on African vernacular, indigenous arts production, and urban/rural field studies.

Field studies in Ghana will be organized in collaboration with faculty and students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (Kumasi) and the University of Ghana (Accra). Collaborative studio activity in 2012 will center mainly on identifying possible digital-fabrication projects that would serve to broaden our knowledge of sustainable African vernacular. To this end, initial studio activity will focus on the design of prototypical shelters needed for indigenous arts production.Studio talents will also be tapped to explore the design and production of more 
solar efficient templates for coastal city planning and densely-forested village development.

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See the Studio Proposal (PDF 75KB)