Strategy

Through experience and analysis, C-re-aid has identified that the following conditions are present in Tanzania:

  • There is a rapidly changing building culture, due to globalisation, climate change and environmental policies. These factors lead to poor building quality and living situations.
  • Such conditions directly contribute to individual vulnerability, perpetuating a cycle of poverty.
  • The continued use of un-ecological building materials and practices will have a disastrous impact on the environment, as there is an ever-increasing demand for housing and infrastructure.

 

Through architectural projects, we aspire a place where people are creatively inspired, and in a conducive situation to participate in an affordable, ecological and sustainable building culture. We consider architecture to be much more than simply a tool to enhance material condition!

M I S S I O N

 

Considering the current situation in Tanzania, C-re-aid tasks itself with exploring the possibilities of architecture to promote long-term ecological and affordable building. By introducing more sustainable and affordable building methods, we strongly believe our projects have the ability to trigger socio-economic change in a poverty-stricken region.

G O A L S

 

We endeavour to contribute to positive change through the implementation of our following goals:

KNOWLEDGE

Research and develop affordable and locally available building materials and techniques in order to create a durable, ecological and sustainable building culture.

DESIGN & PROJECT

Make responsible architecture available to all and positively change the current building culture to improve general living conditions; ultimately assisting in the fight against poverty.

TRAINING

Educate and train international and local individuals in order to motivate more people to become involved in the field of social architecture.

ORGANISATION

Be an independent and financially strong organisation.

 

Our goals are implemented through C-re-aid’s five branches. Learn more about our branches here.

 

P R O C E S S

 

To create a place where an affordable and sustainable building method replaces the ad-hoc building culture, C-re-aid is in constant communication with its local context. This ongoing dialogue results in a linear process.

RESEARCH plays a key role within our action, as it not only allows us to understand the context we work in, but also leads the way to innovation. KNOWLEDGE generated through research is then put into practice by producing different small-scale tests. Experience gained throughout this TESTING PHASE is eventually implemented in specific PROJECTS on the ground. Finally, our expertise is shared through different WORKSHOPS in which we demonstrate and apply the gathered knowledge. As it is our goal to introduce architecture into everyday life, both external organisations and individuals can call upon our help where needed. C-RE-AID PLUS offers us the possibility to take on projects with a social impact and present our expertise to a wider audience.