Archis in collaboration with KD|AP exhibited ‘The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace’ in Kigali, Rwanda at the Esperance ‘Football for Hope’ Community Centre from November 24th to December 1st, 2012. The exhibition featured work from photographer David Southwood and architect Anne Feenstra.
‘The Good Cause’ showed the thin line between architecture of war and architecture of peace. It showed the complexities of a post-conflict resolution but also gives clues how architecture can contribute to a sustainable peace.
The event was intended to explore the role of architecture in peacetime settings, in contrast with conflict situations. Questions about spatial dynamics in terms of peacekeeping are paramount to ‘The Good Cause.’ Rwanda was most recently a site of the Second Congo War from 1998 – 2003, with a death-toll of 5.4 million people it is the deadliest war in modern African history. Though the war ended in 2003, decades of instability in the region and continued conflicts along Rwanda’s borders threaten continue to create strife in the country.