The aim of the project is to design and construct a community center building with a new and growing community called Chamazi in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The community center building will function as a pilot project and learning platform for new affordable building techniques. One of these is the bottle wall technique, where re-used water bottles are filled with sand and stacked like bricks for a load bearing wall structure.

The experience that the community gains from this particular construction project could later be implemented to other construction, such as housing. A community centre will also have a positive social impact on this developing community by providing a place where the members can get together, coordinate themselves, thrive and grow sustainably.

The project is carried out in collaboration with a tanzanian NGO called Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI), a finnish NGO called Ukumbi and Aalto University. The main beneficiaries are the community members in Chamazi. The project group is currently in the process of collecting funding for the project.

Chamazi Community Center


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