Architecture students travel to Ghana to immerse themselves in the culture and environment

This past spring, students and professors from the Department of Architecture’s Humanitarian Architecture studio “Interplay of Cultures” traveled to Ghana to deepen their understanding of architectural practices in various cultural contexts.

Locals in Accra, Ghana. Photo by Janina Hedström.

The Humanitarian Architecture studio "Interplay of Cultures" from Aalto University, along with students and teachers from Tampere Faculty of Built Environment, embarked on a trip to Kumasi, Ghana to explore cultural differences and similarities and gain a deeper understanding of the living environment of the old Asante culture. Collaborating with local students from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, they conducted an urban survey of Kumasi by immersing themselves in the city, interacting with locals, and participating in workshops.

The students learned about sustainable design solutions and building with cultural awareness while reevaluating their own values and sense of responsibility. The trip also included visits to Cape Coast and Accra, where they engaged in educational activities and experienced African art and markets. Although the students have returned to their respective campuses, their collaboration with KNUST students continues online, and their work will be exhibited at Aalto University in the future.

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