And then there was Ba’hari

Ba’hari is starting off with 2 main types of simulations:

  • The communal version (teepee-inspired) and
  • a personalized version called “The ‘Haribarrows” (wheelbarrow-inspired )

It’s been a long way coming in our quest to redefine space and empower people to own their space and express themselves through it. We are, primarily, with the mission of allowing the entire university ecosystem to have students and staff go beyond the clasroom; engaging in mono-functional spaces ( like the dorms and lecture halls, or offices) to engaging with non-mono-functional spaces-*cough * cough Ba’hari- ( spaces that highlight a trans-disciplinary approach, trigger growth and collaboration of ideas from the university ecosystem).

For Ba’hari , we see spaces as not property or belonging only but as an open conduit, avenue for growth and performance, which we as students need

Features of Ba’hari:

  1. Mobility
  2. Portability
  3. Collapsibility
  4. Durability
  5. Relatively Light
  6. Dynamic Aesthetic
  7. Ease and Access
  8. Community

Our goal is to bring in both the main prototype for simulation: personalized Ba’hari (The Haribarrows) and communal version as well. Latest by 1st week in September this will be for simulation and, if need be, for iteration or pivoting.


Some Sketches we had for personalized and communal versions.

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Personalized Version ( The Haribarrows )


Communal. Its #Green. A mixture of greens with the structure


Communal Outlook

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Communal Outlook 2




To test out our assumptions, including the info we gleaned from research and the prototyping session.

Keynote: Ba’hari prototyping has been based on the various brainstorming sessions we had on Ashesi campus as well as periodic briefing of potential Ba’hari customers during the summer vacation

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This was the miniature in terms of appearance and functionality etc.

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Our miniature version of personalised Ba’hari

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Miniature opened



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8pm working on Ba’hari functionality…It worked.Recliners are functional.










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Cram for intended privacy being installed


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We decided on the 2mm diameter galvanised pipe for the first prototype. It made it slightly heavier #wheelbarrow


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Setting up The ‘Haribarrows

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Ba’hari Personalized Version ( #The ‘Haribarrows ) mounting up

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Upholstery will have such touch, but better looking

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Ring bend. After 5 tweaks and venting air . #Kagya


A lot of  rapid iteration, pivoting and value engineering went on and are still going on.

Our insight: Design Making needs consistency, openness to change and tweaks, conflict between functionality and aesthetic (Kevin drew our attention to that) and needless to say a heart that never gives up and Kagya reminds us of our creative juices that we should spurt out uniqueness and quality.

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Audrey measuring dimensions and checking functionality: Asking more whys


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Kagya with his creative insights on Ba’hari miniature. #HeIsSuchaCreative


Next steps:  Upholstery, spraying, and wooden planks, etc as well as aesthetics.

There is another set which will cover the 35 percent work left for the ba’hari prototype to be at least fully useful for simulation and testing.



BAHARI: Card Sorting Session


BAHARI is an innovative design initiative to create portable, creative and fun, yet unique spaces that enables students to express themselves creatively and own their space.

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From an interactive and insightful prosumer brainstorming session which reveal a lot about how students felt about their individual spaces. This event aimed to analyse data gathered to generate insights for creating our first prototypes!

Lead –          Audrey S-Darko

How do you imagine your BAHARI?

BAHARI is an innovative design initiative to create portable, creative and fun, yet unique spaces that enable students to express themselves creatively and own their space.

Ashesi DLab Maker Skills Sessions -BAHARI-01

The project team invited everyone to the PROSUMER Brainstorming session engage students in the design process and product development process of creating an innovative student space.

Lead –          Audrey S-Darko

Global Goals Jam #atAshesi


September 17, 2016 – Ashesi’s D:Lab joined a network of universities, agencies and local communities all over the world, in hosting the first ever Global Goals Jam. Hosted at the Norton-Motulsky hall, the session attracted members of the Ashesi community, students from Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology and other tertiary institutions.

During the 2015 Social Good Summit, where world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Development Programme, and MediaLAB Amsterdam launched the Global Goals Jam. At the Global Goals Jam, participants come together to design interventions towards tangible results in short sprints.


The session at Ashesi focused on three of the 17 goals, namely; affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and development and, responsible consumption and production. “For the jams, we created challenges for the goals we chose and worked towards creating actionable solutions,” said Theodore Philip Asare ’15, Design Thinking Coordinator at the D:Lab. “The D:Lab effectively identifies problems and attempts to solve them using design thinking, so the Jams was a great platform to hop on to help propose solutions to real problems that are going on in Africa and the world.”

Ashesi’s D:Lab is a space for members of the community to work on creative solutions to problems outside the classroom, using design thinking. “Looking forward, what we are hoping to do is to take these projects the D:Lab is currently working on, and perfect their solutions through initiatives like the Global Jams,” explained Carl Agbenyega ’15, Design Making Coordinator at the D:Lab. “So we will work with the team members of these projects to actively pursue these solutions to implement them in a more realistic way.”


**Initially published on the Ashesi Website