Bryans Mukasa was a young Ugandan architect, whose work was influenced by his rural childhood under the tutelage of his grandmother, and his subsequent move to Kampala to join his father. He envisioned the African cities of tomorrow, creating award-winning, collaborative designs for intergenerational, welcoming, green urban spaces that encouraged the interdependent spirit of village life as an antidote to the disconnection rural-to urban migrants experienced on their arrival to the city. He celebrated the lively, diverse spaces of the informal green economy, and the vitality of possibilities that emerged through the cracks in formal space. He designed skyscrapers bursting with gardens and knew from his grandmother to tell time by the angle of the shadows the sun cast on the ground.
Bryans inspired confidence, curiosity, imagination, and love in those who knew him, and built community with people he met from around the globe.
Watch Bryans’ inspiring presentation at GESA 2015 and join us in paying tribute to a remarkable visionary.
(…) how can I pay tribute to such a beautiful mind who left us so suddenly? I would like to do that by sharing the words he wrote in my notebook circulated among us in Bern (…).
The Old, the Young and the Pigs
It’s true that we often encounter people in our lives who leave a piece of them or numerous pieces of them in us. They allow us to share time and space in ways that enrich our very being. Such people expose us to the sublime world beyond the confines of our finite minds.
I will always remember Bryans as a man like this, and like in this photo, a man who always has something in his mind that is worth sharing.
László Demeter, GESA 2015