A future for the past: An adaptive reuse of the Old Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Yilla, Mabinty L
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The area of interest is Sierra Leone, a very small country on the west coast of Africa. In 1991, the country was hit with a dreadful war that lasted eight years. A country that was growing rapidly economically and architecturally is at this time in acute dilemma. The war destroyed most of the country's infrastructure including schools, hospitals, banks, court buildings, museums and libraries. The warfare most significantly destroyed thousands of lives, wiping out over a quarter of the population. Education of a people, in my opinion, is the stepping stone to developing a well learned and well cultured---successful---society. Without the facilities to propagate this "knowledge", progression will be entirely at a standstill. Being a native of Sierra Leone and also aspiring to be an architect, I know that there is tremendous potential for growth in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone in the past was quite successful thanks largely to our forefathers who were well rounded scholars. This proposal is intended to address the need for education and cultural enrichment in Sierra Leone by means of a Cultural Enrichment Center. The Center will provide a bridge of understanding between the cultural arts community and the development community. The fabrication of the facility will enhance value of life and implant a sense of belonging and of place in the people. It is important that the structure house a museum, and both an educational and recreational facility. In the big picture, the facility will be a historic destination that will help fuel Sierra Leone's future growth for many generations to come.