Having received a number of messages and emails over the past couple of months, it seems about time to state the obvious: that kampala.ver has died an untimely and sudden death and joins ranks with all those millions of deaf blogs out there.
The motive of this blog was to move around Kampala with open eyes, talk about her, criticise her, and publish good, weird and crazy ideas – sometimes to simply go on a rant. All that with the purpose of inspiring others to do the same, or at least to become aware of the fact that a city belongs to its citizens and needs their urgent attention. Most of all the motive was to enter into a discussion. Considering the infant state of Uganda’s civil society there certainly were some shy signs of exactly that starting to happen. Overall, I don’t think it was the idea behind kampala.ver that was bad.
It was the reality of my daily life which just didn’t match the aspirations. I know of few Architects who have other hobbies than doing more Architecture and that certainly applies to myself. In simple terms: I didn’t have enough time to generate intelligent posts on a regular basis and wasn’t willing to compromise on my day job. That’s the end of the story (flowers below, please).
Best Of kampala.ver
For those of you who come across for the first time and want to get a glimpse of what kampala.ver was all about, read some of this:
New Roads #1, #2, #3
…are three articles describing a three-layered approach to solve the problem of Kampala’s South being cut off traffic-wise: introducing Canal Street, Southern Ringroad and Southern Bypass.
From Another Planet
…describes the mind-boggling example of the Brazilian city of Curitiba, proving that good urban planning in the context of a developing country is possible.
…explains how easily the introduction of a Percent for Art policy could make Kampala a better place.
New Old Taxi Park
…proposes the replacement of Central Kampala’s famous Old Taxi Park with a purely pedestrian, mixed-use urban development.
…is all about the pros and cons of Kampala’s booming property developing industry.
Good Architecture #1
…features my personal favourite amongst Kampala’s buildings.
…decries the destruction of the UCB building.
Central Kampala Public Transport Terminal
…is the design of a large bus terminal at the Southern tip of Kampala’s Central Business District.
…contains a Masterplan for Kabalagala including a pedestrian area.