Archinect - News 2014-10-25T09:07:26-04:00 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/54105055/first-cancer-treatment-center-in-rwanda-breaks-ground 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9uooj5phwjbcz3p.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/52891109/mass-design-group-wins-zumtobel-award-for-butaro-hospital 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzoia7xjttfo1r22.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/37598584/mass-design-group-named-designer-of-the-year 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41hjv91h26aq7x10.jpg" width="514" height="434" 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="http://archinect.com/features/article/16646139/showcase-butaro-hospital-in-rwanda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Showcase feature on MASS Design's Butaro Hospital</a></p>