This is a life-long initiative that CDEA has embarked on to work with municipalities and cities on using sustainable urban planning approaches that embraces eco-friendly principles in Tanzania. This initiative project idea falls within the area of Art, Urban Settlement and the Environment through a creative city planning approach.

The S.M.Art Green Cities project borrows from the Creative City approach, where by creativity and innovation is viewed as an integrated process covering all aspects of urban life; economic, political, cultural, environmental and social innovation to  to address the problems of global change. Through this project, CDEA aims to  advocate for a new approach of strategic planning for urban space and have people  examine the way they act, plan and think creatively.


As a long term plan, CDEA aims to establish a social enterprise based on its Pan-African and eco-friendly values titled 'Eco Sanaa Village'. The village will be designed by Tanzanian urban planners, architects, visual artists and interior and exterior designers, taking into consideration sustainable lifestyles  principles, which aim to rethink our ways of living, how we buy and what we consume, and  transforming our societies towards more equity and living in balance with our natural environment, a living lab will attract creative professionals (architectural, performing arts, visual arts and multimedia) from the world to offer courses on sustainable design and  lifestyles, performing arts, film and music that will empower youth these principles in their entrepreneurship.

The business case of Eco Sanaa Village is built on both blue and green economy concepts for sustainable development and proposed to be located in the Tourism Zone of Kigamboni New City. It aims to develop all aspects of the tourism development cycle from infrastructure and the familiar "sun, sand and sea" formula to the cultural and creative industries to nature-based tourism.

Eco Sanaa Village commercial viability will be through leasing out space to East African brands and  franchises that promotes  sustainable lifestyles  like  eco cafes and restaurants,  collaborative work spaces and offices hostel rooms,   campsites  in the green spaces,  retail shops for  fashion/apparel, leather products, jewelry, recycled glass products, eco-furniture and health and well being spars that uniquely designed by different Tanzanian and East African visual artists.

CDEA will continue to partner with development partners to promote freedom of artistic expression, and broker linkages between creative innovators with social and scientific innovators to trigger social economic transformation.