Oliver von Malms visited us on Thursday, January 11th, for the evening session of our Project Day, when all Transsolarians meet to exchange knowledge in the course of three days. We always invite a guest on one evening to give us an inspirational talk: Oliver shared with us the amazing story and vision of his project in Nairobi's Slum biggest slum Kibera:
“You always have to start somewhere!” is Oliver’s motto. He started early as a student of architecture trying to shape the world. Back in 2011 he visited Kenya and saw the great need of educational facilities in the poverty-stricken country. He wanted to build a school in a slum so children could receive the education they need. But he soon realized that this project is much bigger than building just one school.
In 2016, Oliver von Malm has finished his master thesis in Architecture and “Start Somewhere” has become a non-profit organization with a lot of dedicated members. Oliver’s master thesis is about the construction of a new school building in Kibera. His idea: slum residents will build their own "concrete" structures in a location where this material is not easy to obtain. A combination of high-tech tools and low-tech manufacturing methods as well as low-cost materials is to facilitate the construction process.