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"...Oral traditions of the Swahili people are replete with the stories of migrations of people not only from the African mainland, but also from Arabia, the Persian Gulf, India and even beyond. They represent a heterogeneous society in a constant process of homogenisation. The cosmopolitan character of the people is fundamental to a consideration of their cultural heritage. Nowhere is the cultural synthesis so visible as in the architecture of Zanzibar". ( Zanzibar Stone Town an architectural exploration - Prof Abdul Sheriff and Javed Jafferji )

These principles are as strong today and the houses we are building reflect it clearly, to the extent that we all feel how important it is to respect our environment or its people. Architecture can play a very important part in this which is a new influence in the evolving needs of people on the island. By careful development and thoughtful design harmful elements can be eliminated thus protecting the future of the beauty we are invited to share.