Why do we speak about huts?
In order to concretize our idea (of being in relation with others and at the same time keeping an open space in the center) we refer to the image of a village consisting of different huts.
There is a large place in the center (tsena malalaka, see nom), everybody can come, meet others, exchange stories, ideas, things, find allies („accomplices“) for actions.
The huts are spread and each hosts one particular theme and serves as a meeting point for people with the same interests. We talk abot „huts“ because they are imagined to be light constructions, apt to be easily constructed, deconstructed, moved to another place if necessary. They can adapt to movement.
The village with its huts evokes not only an African reality but reminds us also of other modes of construction that can be found in the mountains, for instance on the Swiss Alps: different huts and stables, which are spread over a large range-land (which belongs to everybody). The image of huts can also be projected onto an urban setting: a town with a large public place in the center where there are cafés, where people take a walk and meet, where occasionally there is a market or some festival etc.