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Architects Role in GCTZ

Statement of Problem

Majority of population in Tanzania reside in rural areas. However, a very large concentration of middle class is found in urban area. They build house by using industrial

materials such as concrete, vibrated concrete blocks, glass, metal and wood. Most interiors of these houses seem to be inspired by the foreign cultures, most notable influence being the Greco-Roman styles (Western Culture) and the Islamic styles (Arabic Cultures). So far, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of interior design, or decorative inspirations, that are inspired by local traditional indigenous cultures. One wonders whether this is a cultural stigma of “The past best left forgotten” or simply a commercial propaganda to suppress and undermine ethnic cultures in order for mass population to…