Saltern of Tanga

Name
Emi Jean Bryan
School
School of Architecture
Study programme
Architecture and Extreme Environments
Year
2015

The project’s main aim is to find an identity for the mid-sized port city of Tanga in Tanzania via industrial means. The objective will be focused on using existing resources responsibly, setting an example of traditional-inspired architecture along with climate sensitive solutions for the hot-humid tropics.

Design exploration will take place along the coast in reach of the city centre. A careful insertion of industry into the city will act as a catalyst for employment on many strata of society. It will also encourage community living for those directly involved, and a long term vision as supposed to creating seasonal work.

The project seeks to challenge current ideas of climate-sensitive design and the ancient history surrounding the industry in salt-making; its practices, rituals and development, asking if it is possible, in a place of relatively little resources or infrastructure, to use these methods to create an urban manufacturing network.

Situation plan of salt pans and manufacturing infrastructure
Harvesting salt from pans 4:30am
walking through the brine condensers