Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti people of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. They are metaphorical sayings to convey traditional wisdom, social aspects of life and their views of the natural world. In Ghana, adinkra symbols are everywhere: on stools, buildings, house walls, pottery, and clothes. Adinkra symbols have been adapted to contemporary designs ranging from logo design to floor plan of buildings. Read Learning Math and Science through Adinkra.doc (632 KB) and below are a few images to inspire you.
Gye Nyame by the architect, Giuseppe Calabrese from Australia
Adinkra Symbol, Mate Masie meaning "I consider and keep what I learn"
"... the lesson to be learned from Ashanti architecture is how well these symbols, embedded in its architecture, connect the building to the people living within it. The designs are not only art, but also literally speak to the user."
Adinkra symbols, physics and my doodles by Ronald D. Isom Sr.Ronald D. Isom Sr.
Adinkra symbols, physics and my doodles by Ronald D. Isom Sr.Ronald D. Isom Sr
With Ghana's tropical environment, it is important to create buildings that perform well under the sun and heat of the harmattan while staying dry and protective throughout the rainy seasons.
Earth Blocks also known as Soil Blocks are made of a mixture of clay soil (orange/reddish clay that is common throughout the country) mixed with sand, stabilized with cement or lime and these blocks are molded and compacted in a manually operated press.
Locally the conventional method of construction utilizes modular blocks for building; the block creates a standard size unit that can easily be laid to specification by skilled masons. Block buildings account for the majority of construction projects throughout the country and is a familiar accepted process.
The standard block molded locally is a mixture of sand or quarry dust stabilized with cement. Research indicates that these blocks, often solid, absorbs the suns heat like stone and radiates it back into the buildings. There heavy mass often requires structural system to be over engineered, raising the cost of construction as well. By replacing the standard block with an Earth Block in your building project, you will get the Eco-benefits of a cooler, better performing wall system while maintaining a familiar construction technique.
Roofing a House Build by Atakpamé (Cob) Construction Method
Notice how the beams are inserted into the mud wall made of laterite, the red earth
Formblock in situ Construction Method "FORMBLOCK is a wall building system in which stabilized earth, or concrete blocks are cast in-situ to produce a solid load bearing wall..." Read more: www.formblock.com.au/what_is_formblock.htm
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