A conference, run by the Belgian Development Agency, Enabel, in 2019 brought together expertise from across east Africa to raise awareness of climate responsive design. Following on from that, Isabel Sandeman and Peter Clegg from FCBStudios were commissioned to develop a design guide that built on the topics covered at that forum, both soft and hard issues, which contribute to improving people’s living conditions and the environment.

The guide is aimed towards the particular climate and cultural context of East Africa, referring to case study examples from Uganda, Rwanda, the DRC and Malawi. The principles of the Manifesto, however, which include participation, using local and durable materials, passive ventilation and natural daylighting, sustainable landscape design and water and waste management, can be interpreted and applied to different contexts and climate zones globally.

The complete book can be downloaded for free here.