Materials in Architecture- Cattle

Windows to Vernacular2020

Project FUEL

Project FUEL

Dependent on the cattle to suffice economical, cultural and personal needs, the cattle has been an indispensable part of the Maasai ecosystem. No part of the cattle is squandered. The dung is used as a waterproof binder along with mud and ash to plaster the walls and roof. The hides have been used as a bedding owing to its thick nature and also as a covering for the tents in the seasonal cattle camp, as they are known to be resilient to the forces of nature.

Windows to Vernacular is an architecture focused organization based in India. A process-driven collaborative that is set on an exploratory journey, traversing through the countryside’s and hinterlands of India. They engage with the local population, listening to them, learn and understand the nuances of their culture, their way of life, why they build and how to build. In the process, the team creates a repository adding to the existing knowledge pool of built ecological studies. These experiences and learning are imbibed into a contemporary practice where the work contributes in shedding a light on the lost crafts and building skills. This engages in a fresh dialogue that involves a relevant, modern-day application of an otherwise factual investigation.

In the third edition of the Wise Wall Project, we are collaborating with the culturally rich and one of the oldest communitys in the world, the Maasai community, in Arusha, Tanzania, in partnership with Vikram Solar Ltd., Vijana Inspiring Foundation, Lions Club of Dar es Salaam and Arusha City, and Google Arts and Culture. Along with building an on-ground community centre and museum for the community, we are bringing an exclusive insight into the life, lifestyle and learnings from this inspiring community.

The Wise Wall Project is an initiative of Project FUEL that aims to document, design and strengthen the wisdom of rural communities and marginalised villages using art and community outreach programmes. The arts lead the way to raise support for the challenges these villages face today like migration, quality education and access to basic amenities like water and roads.


  • Title: Materials in Architecture- Cattle
  • Creator: Windows to Vernacular
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Location: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Subject Keywords: Wise Wall Tanzania
  • Rights: Windows to Vernacular

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