Bon Voyage - The resilient design against drought for the migration pattern of the people in Samburu,Kenya
Landscape planning and design III
South China University of Technology
Bon Voyage-The resilient design against drought for the migration pattern of the people in Samburu,Kenya
The Samburu county, which is located in the northeast Kenya, is a semi-desert district with clear dividing line between rainy seasons and dry seasons. The Samburu people have lived with a nomadic lifestyle which they have traditionally held to be superior compared to the agricultural lifestyle. They migrate with following the water and pasture.
However, the extremely climate changes in recent years is making the district become dryer in dry season. This makes the massive reduction of available water and pasture. Meanwhile, the population explosion is putting heavier survival pressure on both Samburu people and their livestock. As a result, the severe drought occurred in Kenya in the early 2017 have caused millions of people suffer in hydropenia, starvation and death. We raised doubts that the traditional Samburu nomadic strategy and technique cannot resolve the problem.
We choose one of their nomadic areas with a radius of 20 kilometers, which contains habitat in both rainy seasons and dry seasons as our site. In both habitat, we use new strategy of water managing, planting, living quality improvement. In the same time, we addressed the innovations such as new singing well form, new public space in Manyatta, etc.
The goal of this project is to improve the living quality of Samburu people and to help them resist local environmental threats, especially severe drought.