Known for using renewable energy systems of environmental control to design low maintenance buildings with low capital cost, Mick Pearce- Zimbabwean architect is constantly developing and refining ways of making buildings that suit the natural environment and the people who use them. His design process begins with a study of the climate of the proposed site for the building, he studies the different seasons with a strong focus on wind and sun patterns.
In his design of The Eastgate Centre, a office and shopping complex in Zimbabwe’s capital; he studied the way termites build and regulate the temperature in their mounds and then employed a similar system of circulating air through a series of vents and chimneys in order to heat or cool the building instead of installing air conditioners.
The Eastgate Centre
He also designed an office block in China from discarded shipping containers. The building which is environmentally friendly addresses the issue of recycling millions of unwanted and discarded containers in the country.
On his reflection on Africa’s urbanisation: “People build their own cities. Africa is developing quickly and while it might look chaotic the potential for Africa is huge.”