In the winter
of 1999 Todd assisted Richard Kroeker on a project in Africa. They
worked with a group of Gambian students in the design and manufacture
of several projects, ranging from a self-build water pump to multiple
versions of lifesaving equipment for fisherman at sea. Critical
to these projects was the necessity that they be manufactured in
The Gambia using local materials and skills. Another notable aspect
was that each project could be broken down into a set of components
(building elements). These components and their assembly were based
on many visits made to local craftspeople before and during manufacture.
All photos and
drawings of Gambia projects shown here were done by Richard Kroeker
and Todd MacAllen.