CONSOLIDATION OF SWAHILI CRAFTS, UPCYCLING AND INCLUSIVE DESIGN TO CREATE A HOLISTIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT KENYA COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR LEARNING

The study has been based on promoting African design and culture in the institutions for aesthetic appeal without interrupting individual culture. The study mainly focuses on creating a holistic built environment at Kenya Community Centre for Learning special school. The school was built mainly for on children suffering from cognitive disability. According to WHO (ibid), more than 1 billion persons in the world have some form of disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population between 110-190 million people have very significant difficulties in functioning (The Washington post 2011). About 0.36 million people in the world suffer from cognitive disability.
For a long time, people have people have created environments that are quite exclusive in that they only consider fully abled people without considering those who are ‘specially abled’. This study will give insight in creating an inclusive and holistic learning environment that is aesthetically pleasing. The researcher will look at day to day activities that run in the school so as to come up with a tentative research on the problems that are encountered by the children, teachers and care givers. This includes the four aspects which are Landscape design, Interior design, Furniture design and Exhibition and display.
The research is divided into five chapters: chapter one will introduce the paper by describing the background of the problem, problem statement, objectives, research questions, significance, scope and limitations of the study. Chapter two will analyse theoretical literature on African design, universal design and sustainability trends which will create a base for the proposed design concepts. Chapter three will look at the research design, the methodology used to collect data and analyse in the study. Chapter four contains a summary of findings and recommendations in regard to previous employed techniques by designers as in chapter two.

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