With a look from the original volcanic caves in Kenya and into the future, the Kenyan design studio, Cave_Bureau's architects find inspiration for future work with current and urgent agendas, including green transition and decolonization. The richly illustrated and thought-provoking catalog of Cave Bureau's work has been published in connection with the design studio's exhibition on Louisiana in 2023 - the sixth and final exhibition in the museum's series, Architecture Workshops. Published in English. Published in English.
Kenyan Cave_bureau, founded by architects Kabage Karanja and Stella Mutegi, works with projects that include a discussion of the role of museums in the Anthropocene age (the present) - and an ongoing collection of objects and knowledge that can form the basis for a more activist architecture.
Based on the caves in Kenya, Cave_bureau prepares installations, films and proposals for architectural interventions in the landscape under the heading, The Anthropocene Museum. Cave_bureau 3D-scans the caves and translates the forms into installation and architecture, for example 'Cow Corridor', a restoration of the Maasai grazing routes through Nairobi and a collection of water for wildlife and nature around the caves.
The vast volcanic caves in Kenya hold unique evidence of Kenya's history: the first hominids, East African enslaved people and freedom fighters under colonialism have passed through these underground caves. They therefore contain important milestones in the globe's path towards the Anthropocene age - the era in which man's impact on nature has become drastically visible.
Today, the area around the caves is a source of geothermal energy, an important player in the green transition. From here, Cave_bureau confronts the challenges of our modern life seen from an African perspective, where the architect's work must be based on knowledge of geological changes, and where decolonization precedes decarbonization.
Dimensions: H: 30.2 x W: 24.6 x D: 2.3 cm
Pages: 214, hardback
Language: English - in english
Publisher: Louisiana Publications