Plans in place

by Stéphanie Perazzone

Plans in place

Plans in Place © Stéphanie Perazzone, 2015

In this entrance room to Goma’s Provincial Urban Planning office, planners work among old and new blueprints, books, archives, old architectural materials and tools. The manager lamented their working conditions, low salaries and budget, and the crumbling building – reflective of the poor conditions in Goma and the Congo.

This archival material, though seemingly covered in dust, corroded by moisture and poorly organised, was properly labelled and organised chronologically. And, while demanding better resources, the clerks and bureaucrats were proud to be the collectors and guardians of this knowledge.