Archinect - News 2014-12-19T19:54:12-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/90316469/ga-collaborative-partners-with-rwandan-women-s-group-for-housing-redevelopment GA Collaborative partners with Rwandan women's group for housing redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-02T22:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T12:20:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfdkdwc3jdlv1399.jpg" width="300" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Yutaka Sho has been working on housing redevelopment strategies in Rwanda since 2008, and from the beginning the challenges were clear. Building materials were severely limited and ripple effects from the 1994 genocide were still strong, leaving Rwandan society displaced and disproportionately female. After the genocide, the Rwandan government enacted the controversial "imidugudu" development strategy; a "villagization" program that tried to gather rural homesteads together in villages, to make it easier to deliver resources. Even more Rwandans were displaced as a result, and often did not receive the promised resources.*</p> <p> Sho's work with the GAC is to aid reconstruction without further disrupting Rwandans' lives. They partnered with Dushyigikirane, a women's organization in the northern Rwandan town of Masoro, to help the community build their own housing so they wouldn't be forcibly relocated. GAC would help Dushyigikirane in designing the new village of 50 houses, using the ac...</p>