Workshop 05 / Port Harcourt

Location: UEL Docklands campus, London E16 2RD

Client: Article 25 – an NGO dedicated to shelter

Facilitators: Alan Chandler, Gennady Malishev (Engineer/Partner, Malishev Wilson)


DESCRIPTION: fixings and finishing. Students need to ensure that they are realistic in what they can deliver so as to not leave things unfinished on site. Students will also need to commit to material provided and work within the economy of means at the start of the project, while being ambitious with design aspirations and turning the ‘economy of means’ from a perceived difficulty into an architectural merit.

INTRODUCTION: Article 25 are engaged with an informal settlement – Port Harcourt, on the banks of the Niger Delta in Africa, supporting the residents claim to be left in peace by the authorities and global business interests currently developing the territory around their settlement. Part of this support is the construction of a community radio station, using the local vernacular of hand-made concrete blocks on a ground consisting of half a metre of sand on water and mud.

OUTCOME: To support the construction, the workshop will investigate innovative foundation systems, develop test sections of the footing at 1:1, and load test the most promising design – with the support of an engineer.

The workshop will understand the role and nature of ground support, the design considerations and calculation required for foundation engineering, and the need to design and communicate within a specific and unfamiliar context.

Construction will take place on specially prepared ground adjacent to the Architecture building, load tested and the ground returned as found at the close of the workshop. Documentation will be passed on to Article 25 for use in supporting the fragile community in Port Harcourt.

KEY RISKS TO CONSIDER: The ‘ANNEX 1’ risk assessment is a document that asks you, the team to collaborate in anticipating the activities you are about to engage in, and to develop a strategy to deliver a safe and effective outcome. This is not a chore – it is core – an architect who cannot establish a safe design is not an architect. Complete the risk assessments online as a first draft via the blog and upload for review on the 19th September – as the design progresses, the risk assessment will be revised and uploaded as Revision A latest Thursday 23rd September.

Key risk considerations for  Workshop 5 PORT HARCOURT: Responsibility for


WORKSHOP BLOG: is the main platform for the Construction week overview and organization. Here you can find the workshops’ briefs, blank forms to fill when required, and documents regarding the single workshops.

You are asked to upload the main documents referring to your workshop in the Main Blog. (Main DOCs = Main Blog)

Each workshop is also asked to set up a personal blog where uploading photographs and comments every day. (Photographs, comments = Single WSPs Blogs). To know how setting up YOUR BLOG and use the MAIN BLOG, please visit at the section THE BLOG.



Brief / Wsp05

Article 25 / Wsp05

Feasibility Report / Wsp05

Creating Foundations / Wsp05

Photos / Wsp05

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