Archinect - News 2017-07-20T16:52:15-04:00 Watch: new documentary tells the story behind MASS Design Group's cholera clinic in Haiti Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-20T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T12:40:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just nine months after a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, a cholera epidemic broke out. While it became clear shortly after that the epidemic began with U.N. peacekeepers, who had been active in Haiti since 2004 and brought the disease from Nepal, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.N. only just recently took formal responsibility</a>. With overwhelming rebuilding efforts and damaged infrastructure throughout the country, Haiti was made even more vulnerable, and the disease spread through consumption of tainted water and food.</p><p>To attend to the sick population, Haitian infectious disease specialist Dr. Jean-William Pape and his organization, Les Centres GHESKIO, set up and ran temporary treatment sites, but after two years, when the epidemic didn&rsquo;t seem to be shrinking back, Dr. Pape realized that unsanitary waste collection practices in the treatment centers were contaminating the groundwater, reintroducing the disease into the population.</p><p>So to cut off the cycle of r...</p> MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T13:32:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 27th, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a> will officially present their idea for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus-type</a> school for Sub-Saharan Africa at the United Nations Solutions Summit. The proposed program would be based in Kigali, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rwanda</a> and would purposefully "incubate local innovation towards tackling the biggest building boom of the next quarter century" according to a press release issued by MASS.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This building boom refers to the estimated addition of one billion Africans over the next two decades, while the project's name refers to the infamous 20th century Bauhaus school, which encouraged not only theory, but actual practice, resulting in a widespread adoption of modernism. This practice element will be crucial in a nation which will require massive amounts of new (and hopefully, artfully designed) infrastructure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Editor's Picks #400 Nam Henderson 2015-01-06T11:52:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T13:18:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cellular Tessellation</a>, a pavilion done as a "<em>collaborative research effort among students from Bond University, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Wales, and University of Sydney</em>" for the Sydney Vivid Light festival of 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander</a> <strong>Showcase:</strong>(ed) architect Jorge Mealha&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Oacute;bidos Technological Park Main Building</a>, sited in the countryside north of Lisbon.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>&nbsp;scoured the archives and website analytics in an attempt to most accurately represent 2014, month by month, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by sharing the most popular stories, job opportunities and discussions</a>.&nbsp;Reflecting on digital publishing trends he noted</p><p>"<em>As the internet continues to move discussions away from publications to social networks, Archinect's increase in volume in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">forum</a> and comments sections proves that we're continuing to provide a platform to facilitate communication across diverse social circles</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;put together a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;what Randy Deutsc...</p> MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T14:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-30T10:20:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The clinics here are simple, even handsome. Instead of constructing hermetic shields in the form of airtight, inflexible hospital buildings, the architects took advantage of Haiti&rsquo;s Caribbean environment, exploiting island cross breezes to heal patients and aid caregivers. It&rsquo;s not clear yet how well the clinics will work. [...] If they turn out right, they could serve as relatively light-footed models for other struggling countries that lack resources for high-end Western-style hospitals.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A hyper-customized cholera treatment center in Port Au Prince Nam Henderson 2013-12-23T12:36:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T12:36:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MASS found a critical flaw in the ad hoc system: contaminated waste was being dumped illegally, frequently ending up right back in the water table. In response, MASS designed a facility with two distinct but equally vital jobs: it treats both people and their waste water.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Kyle Vanhemert talked with&nbsp;Michael Murphy CEO and co-founder of&nbsp;MASS Design Group, regarding their design for the first permanent cholera treatment center in Haiti.</p> Dignifying Design Archinect 2012-10-07T18:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:31:13-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though unemployment is widespread among designers and architects, there exists a world of products, places and processes in desperate need of redesign. Imagine if designers &mdash; uniquely trained to listen and observe, and to improve the way things function, feel and look &mdash; were, like the Enterprise Rose fellows, embedded in schools, nonprofit organizations, health clinics, religious institutions and government offices, where they could experience community needs and behavioral patterns firsthand.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First cancer treatment center in Rwanda breaks ground tzeng 2012-07-24T17:08:00-04:00 >2012-07-27T20:46:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the Butaro center, in the northern part of the country, will be the first to offer comprehensive care &mdash; including diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, follow-up treatment, and palliative care.</p></em><br /><br /><p> MASS Design Group is partnering with the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MOH) and Partners in Health (PIH) to build the first permanent cancer treatment center in Rwanda. &nbsp;With the help of Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation funding inpatient facilities, the new Cancer Centre for Excellence will be the first facility of its kind to bring state of the art care to Rwanda, provide access to cancer treatments, and host robust training programs through a partnership with Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Hospital.</p> <p> Facility-based cancer registries in Rwanda revealed a total of 3,430 diagnosed cancer cases between 2007 to 2011, among which 320 were children under the age of 15. Before this year, cancer care was sporadic, with no integrated treatments available without leaving the country. The new center will be the national referral site for cancer, providing a full spectrum of cancer care.</p> <p> Rwanda has long valued developing comprehensive programs while building infrastructure. Cancer care training start...</p> MASS Design Group wins Zumtobel Award for Butaro Hospital tzeng 2012-07-03T17:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T12:08:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The [Butaro] project has a high relevance, since it can be applied as a solution to similar regions with limited opportunities and high risks of infection. [...] Also remarkable is the excellent quality of the buildings that were built exclusively with local workers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Butaro Hospital in Rwanda was praised as innovative and cost-efficient&nbsp;by the Zumtobel Award 2012 jury, ultimately winning in the category of "Built Environment." Over 230 projects were submitted in for the 2012 Zumtobel Group Award in this category. Entries were received from 22 nations while the projects themselves spanned some 30 countries.<br><br> The Butaro Hospital in Rwanda was praised as an &ldquo;innovative [and] cost-efficient [in] technology and design strategy in the category "Built Environment." Over 230 projects were submitted in for the 2012 Zumtobel Group Award in this category. Entries were received from 22 nations while the projects themselves spanned some 30 countries.</p> <p> The Butaro Hospital is built in the Burera District, which was one of the last two districts in Rwanda to receive a district hospital. The hospital now serves a population of over 400,000 people. Innovative design developed in collaboration with infectious disease specialists from Partners in Health and ...</p> A Call for Design Entrepreneurs Archinect 2012-05-07T14:25:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T18:49:30-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MASS Design Group is one of a handful of nonprofits showing that design isn&rsquo;t just for the wealthy, nor is it just image-making. The challenge, for MASS and others trying to do public service design work, is to make their operations financially sustainable. As students, MASS provided much of their work on the Butaro Hospital pro bono, but they are not students anymore. The staff of MASS eclipsed 20 in the past year...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase: Butaro Hospital in Rwanda</a></p> MASS Design Group Named Designer of the Year Alexander Walter 2012-02-10T14:04:00-05:00 >2012-02-16T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="548" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The young and energetic collaborative MASS Design Group has just recently been named Contract magazines&rsquo; 2012 Designer of the Year. [...] Contract praised MASS' philosophy, "designing for dignity, to improve people&rsquo;s lives through design, and to be a primary example for how designers can rethink their role in a world of increasingly global impact."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Showcase feature on MASS Design's Butaro Hospital</a></p>