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Association Of Architectural Students Holds Symposium

Jul 29, 2009, 9:56 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

The Association of Architectural Students of the Gambia Technical Training Institute last Friday held a one-day symposium on the theme, "Role of Architects in Nation- Building," at the premises of the institute.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Jatta, a Lecturer at the school said that architecture is the art and science of designing and construction of buildings. He stated that the process is a combination of both science and art of building, some of which, he said are inspiring.

According to Mr. Jatta, the term architecture takes into its banner a number of things including space, mass, texture, shadow, programme and materials that include the pragmatic elements like construction and technology.

He noted that "nation-building refers to the process of constructing a nation using the power of the state.

This process, he said, aims to unify people or peoples within the state so that it remains politically stable and viable in the long run.

He added that architects and urban planners must think and act in terms of long-term consequences of their decision on the diminishing resources of the world.

Mr. Jatta, thus challenged all the students to inculcate a change in their mindset. He urged for continuous propagation of the Vision 2020 blue print throughout all government ministries.

For his part, Mr. David revealed that nation-building is a process of engaging all citizens in building social cohesion, economic prosperity and political stability in an-all inclusive and a democratic way, which involve utmost usage of social priceless resources known as human resources.

Other speakers at the symposium included Ms. Aminata Hydara and Mr. Birom Bah, the President of the association, who delivered the vote of thanks.