Visit at Makerere and Ugastove


The design students have learned a lot about Uganda on their first two days.

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We visited the Owino  market and the Kasubi tombs to learn about the Ugandan history. It was really sad to see how the Kasubi tombs have been damaged and almost nothing is left of the nice craftmanship. Hopefully the rebuilt constructions will bring back the atmosphere.

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After a few days of getting to know Kampala,  the design students visited Makerere. We first visited CREEC Centre for Research in Energy and Environment http://creec.or.ug/. IMAG3121We saw the different lamp designs, biogas and stove testing facilites. Afterwards we visited the The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art where we were hosted by Raymond Nsereko and also met with the Dean of the Faculty.

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The NTNU students presented their works and the Makerere students also showed us some nice design projects that they are working on.

Today we visited Ugastove together with some of the same students. DSC_8352http://ugastove.com/  is Ugandas biggest stove producer. They produce 9000 charcoal and gasifier stoves a month. They told us that this still does not cover the demand for these fuel saving stoves. The greatest experience was to see how a  completely manual production line looks like and the challenges of producing good quality products without machinery. The stoves are currently very heavy and have some weak points and opportunities for design improvement, that we will work on when we conduct a design workshop at Makerere on friday.

 

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com
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