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MASS is seeking applications for the inaugural Space & Society Fellowship. Inspired by Giancarlo De Carlo’s participatory approach to architecture, we are pairing emerging architects and designers with project teams working to address inequities in the built environment. For one year, Fellows will work on research and design that supports one of the following areas of inquiry: Fringe Cities and forgotten landscapes, Native communities and Tribal sovereignty, Affordable and supportive housing, Incarceration and justice, and Agriculture and food systems. Applications are due by July 15th. Application link in bio.

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Munini District Hospital won a European Healthcare Design award in the Future Healthcare Design category in London last week. Currently under construction in Nyaruguru (one of Rwanda’s most remote districts), the 300-bed facility will be the first implementation of national standards designed by MASS for Rwanda’s Ministry of Health in 2014.

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Last week was the groundbreaking for The Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway in McKinney, Texas. This new 25,000 sq. ft. patient-centered medical home will provide primary care services (medical, dental, and behavioral) for families, children, and individual residents of McKinney and Collin County, regardless of their ability to pay.⠀ ⠀ “We are inspired by the public-private partnership that has come together in McKinney and we are honored to be working with them to realize a new vision for community healthcare — building not just a medical “facility,” but a medical “home” that is familiar, welcoming, and a hub for social cohesion and community activity.“— Caroline Alsup, MASS senior architect⠀ ⠀ MASS is proud to be partnering on this project with The Family Health Center, The North Texas Family Health Foundation, @cityofmckinney , Independent Bank, Baylor Scott & White Health ( @bswhealth ), Medical City, @communitiesfoundationoftexas, Community Healthcare Center ( @chcwf ), McKinney Economic Development Corporation, McKinney Community Development Corporation, First McKinney, CitySquare ( @citysq ) and SmithGroup ( @smithgroup ).⠀ ⠀ Photos courtesy of Thomas Garza.

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This past weekend, MASS was among the honorees at the @scenichudson annual gala. For more than 50 years, Scenic Hudson has been a pioneer in the environmental movement and a tireless defender of the Hudson River and the region’s natural resources. We’re proud to be partnering with Scenic Hudson in their work to restore natural assets in the Hudson Valley’s urban communities, including collaborating with them to create a greenway along Poughkeepsie’s Fall Kill Creek. Link in bio. L to R (in photo): MASS principal Chris Kroner, designer Vrinda Sharma, co-founder Michael Murphy Photo Credit: John Halpern

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Three years after the Pulse nightclub shooting, we join with @onepulseorg to continue to remember the 49 lives taken that day. #WeWillNotLetHateWin #Repost @onepulseorg ・・・ In the 49 hours leading up to June 12th Remembrance Ceremony, we will honor each of our 49 Angels to mark 3 years since the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. We will never forget. #WeWillNotLetHateWin

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We are honored to be selected as one of the six design teams shortlisted for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum International Design Competition. Our team consists of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, @sasakidesign, @sanfordbiggers, @poetrichardblanco, and @porshaolayiwola. Link in bio. Photo Credit: Donated to onePULSE Foundation by: Angel Franc/New York Times

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The first-ever session of the UN-Habitat Assembly ( @unhabitat) is being held this week in Nairobi. Our work on the Masaka Affordable Housing project in Kigali is being featured as part of the Assembly’s Urban Solutions Expo. MASS partnered with Remote Group to pioneer a model of privately-developed affordable housing tailored to the specifics of the Rwandan housing market. ⠀ ⠀ The UN-Habitat Assembly is the highest-level decision-making body focused on sustainable urbanization and human settlements. It will meet every 4 years and all 193 UN member states are represented. This Assembly’s theme is “Innovation for a better quality of life in cities and communities.” The Urban Solutions Expo has been organized to promote innovative, sustainable solutions for the challenges facing cities & communities.#UNHabitatAssembly #UrbanInnovation #Innovate4Change

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We are honored to have the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) be featured in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial opening today. RICA (@rica_rwanda) is an undergraduate institute under construction in Bugesera, Rwanda to train a new generation of leaders to adopt and promote conservation agriculture and support sustainable food production. The curriculum focuses on One Health principles, which hold that human, animal, and ecological health are inextricably intertwined. RICA students will learn techniques that can increase agricultural productivity while also protecting soil quality, natural resources, and biodiversity. At 1,500 hectares and 56 buildings, the RICA campus is MASS’s largest project to-date. The campus was designed to be energy-independent, while also restoring and protecting the local ecosystem. This project is being made possible by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. #DesignTriennial @cooperhewitt

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One year ago today, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama. Learn more about the memorial and our partners at https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/.⠀ ⠀ "Our nation’s history of racial injustice casts a shadow across the American landscape. This shadow cannot be lifted until we shine the light of truth on the destructive violence that shaped our nation, traumatized people of color, and compromised our commitment to the rule of law and to equal justice."-Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative

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d.tour: Detroit Starts Here seeks to cultivate an equitable, unifying, and thriving cultural campus between 12 existing anchor institutions in the city of Detroit. To learn more about our team’s proposal for the future of the Midtown Cultural District, visit @diadetroit. All proposals will be on display through the weekend.

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Door sized for small humans at Ruhehe Primary School . Photo: @joshiegreene @africandesigncentre

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Celebrating International Women's Day today with our all women ADC Fellow site crew!⠀ .⠀ #africandesigncentre #internationalwomensday #IWD2019

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Since last year, we've been working with @superlocal to build out our furniture craft. We are designing around 80 products, from bunk-beds to lighting to toilet-paper holders.⠀ ⠀ We kicked off the process with a month of workshops in August with visiting designers @designbythem, @anchorceramics, @lostineathome, @adamamorosodesign, @osandoos, also collaborating with external workshops @kigalimodern, and Manumental & Wood. Pictured here is a weaver crafting a seat around a metal frame.⠀ ⠀ (2/3) Gakinjiro is a lively co-operative work space in Kigali where many craftsmen build furniture out of repurposing metal from found objects. Here, the skeleton of a chair is being welded together.⠀ ⠀ (3/3) Our intern, @onsplein is painting a wooden prototype black. After the paint job, it was covered with woven leather straps, stretched across the wooden frame.⠀ ⠀ Photos: @pimvanbaarsen

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“Love is such a powerful force. It’s there for everyone to embrace - that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in.” - Coretta Scott King . We are so excited to have been selected with @hankwillisthomas to bring a new memorial to the Boston Common honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Thank you to #kingboston and everyone else involved in making this project happen. For more information on the project visit our website. Link in profile.

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We were so honored to have H.E. President Kagame and Dr. Paul Farmer cut the ribbon at the @ughe_org opening. Congratulations Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Governor Gatabazi Jean-Marie Vianney, and @partnersinhealth on the opening of the campus and 10 years of work in Butaro. Huge shout out to the team, especially Jean Paul Uzabakiriho, who led construction administration of the project and got to show everyone around the housing. #tbt

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We can't wait to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund with our friends at @savinggorillas and @theellenfund! See you all tomorrow, Feb 12, 2019! #🦍

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Two weeks ago, Justin Brown and Caitlin Taylor presented our design for an interactive landscape installation in Columbus, Indiana as part of Exhibit Columbus and J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize. Our project, Corn / Meal, seeks to reconnect people to the cultural, spiritual, and historical aspects to how we cook and what we eat. Varied species of corn will be planted on the site to create a playful learning experience, with a tablescape giving a range of spaces for visitors to cultivate food literacy, to reconnect to the act of eating, and to harness the transformative power of a shared meal. #tbt #🌽 #food #community #columbusindiana #exhibitcolumbus #millerprize⠀ ⠀ Reposting @exhibitcolumbus:⠀ ...⠀ "“Fifty percent of the habitable surface of our planet is dedicated to food production. It is the world’s largest industry, yet our cultural, spiritual, and historical connection to how we cook and what we eat continues to dissociate. Our project, Corn / Meal reverses this growing trend through a legible interactive landscape installation. Planted corn of different species will give relatable form and scale to this complex regional industry, while providing space for playful learning experiences for both the students and the public. A clearing forms an intimate outdoor room. A tablescape weaves through the clearing, giving varied space for visitors to cultivate food literacy, to reconnect to the act of eating, and to harness the transformative power of a shared meal.”⠀ ・⠀ ・⠀ ・
 MASS Design Group (Boston; Kigali, Rwanda) is a nonprofit architecture firm that operates with the understanding that all architecture is embedded in a social, cultural, and political context. They have built a reputation for sensitive projects that strengthen community ties and use architecture to heal.⠀ ・⠀ ・⠀ ・ ⠀ Site: Central Middle School, 2007, Ralph Johnson of Perkins + Will⠀ ・⠀ ・⠀ ・⠀ #exhibitcolumbus #millerprize #exhibitcolumbus2019 #2019exhibition #columbusin #columbusindiana #visitcolumbusin #millerprizeinstallation #architecture #art #design #community #gooddesignandthecommunity #centralmiddleschool #bcsc #perkinsandwill #settingthetable #massdesigngroup"

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We're excited to announce that the Trolley Barn opened last Friday, January 18th, with The Teen Visions exhibition and Art After Hours event hosted by @feelthearteffect. This marks the Hudson Valley Design Lab's first built project in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thanks to our partners, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center ( @artcentro), Hudson River Housing, and Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP.

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The @ughe_org Butaro campus celebrates its inauguration today, marking 10 years of partnership in the Burera District between MASS, @partnersinhealth, and the Rwanda Ministry of Health.

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d.tour: Detroit Starts Here.⠀ ⠀ Reposting @tenxtenstudio:⠀ ...⠀ "We are excited to be able to share images from d.tour: Detroit Starts Here - our proposal for the DIA Plaza and Cultural Connections Competition. Final presentations should be up on https://buff.ly/2RbxMAM next week! Thank you to our fabulous team @massdesigngroup @local_projects @dmetstudio @atelier_ten @drclwilks #wadetrim #hr&a

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Reposting @africandesigncentre:⠀ ...⠀ "10 fellows graduate from the ADC and move on to new ideas of impact. See new website with exciting details! Link in bio #ADCWay"

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“Love is such a powerful force. It’s there for everyone to embrace-that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in.”⠀ - Coretta Scott King⠀ ⠀ Today especially, we're thankful for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Let love drive us to create change.

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Happy New Year! 2018 was an unprecedented year of growth at MASS, thanks to your support and the generosity of our incredible partners. We invite you all to read our 2018 Year in Review and wish you the best in 2019. Link in bio

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All furniture at the new #UGHE campus in Butaro is locally fabricated, in partnership with local Rwandan wood and metal shops: Inwood, @woodhabitatrwanda, KALKA, Ndani, and @manumetalltd. Read more on @ughe_org's blog. Link in bio. #lofab #designforimpact⠀ ⠀ Reposting @ughe_org:⠀ ...⠀ "to furnish the Butaro Campus, #UGHE engaged @massdesigngroup and local Rwandan wood and metal shops,Inwood, @woodhabitatrwanda, KALKA, Ndani, and @manumetalltd in a partnership that will not only create sustainable and long-lasting pieces, but drive positive #socialimpact. Learn more at buff.ly/2QaTTvB"

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Did you know that MASS has an engineering team? Zani Gichuki and Aimable Mukire, graduate engineers at MASS, spoke at the African Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference earlier this week #engineering

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This is the busiest time of year for our partner, @frank.r.reese, whose dedication to raising healthy heritage turkeys is unprecedented. For everyone who celebrates, we encourage you all to take some time this Thanksgiving to think about where your turkey comes from! Link in bio for more information on Frank and our project, the Good Shepherd Institute. PC: Jim Richardson #GivingTuesday #🦃

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#tbt to breaking ground on @oneacrefund’s new wing of their #Kenya headquarters⠀ ⠀ Reposting @oneacrefund:⠀ ...⠀ "Staff at our #Kenya headquarters in Kakamega gathered a top the office roof deck this afternoon to watch our infrastructure team break ground on what will be the office's newest wing. As our operations in Kenya continue scaling every year, so does our team!⠀ ⠀ #familyofleaders #FarmersFirst @massdesigngroup" https://buff.ly/2TgcNPM

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Check out the amazing Jha D Williams give a keynote tonight at @womenindesign’s #widconvergance2018 at the Harvard GSD. Link in bio for more information!⠀ ⠀ Reposting @madamearchitect:⠀ ...⠀ "In honor of this weekend’s @womenindesign’s #widconvergence2018, today on #MadameArchitect is keynote speaker, Jha D Williams. #Linkinbio! Born and raised in #Boston, Jha D is now a senior associate at @massdesigngroup. A grad of @northeastern and @penndesign, Jha D has also taught at the @bostonarchitecturalcollege for two years. As a spoken word artist and event organizer, Jha D exclaims that there is pure art in speaking your own truth and is dedicated to creating spaces for artists, particularly those that are LGTBQIA communities of color. As a designer, she urged that design and the built environment are vehicles for #equity, #justice, and #socialchange. #madamearchitect #womeninarchitecture #shedesigns #wia #shebuilds #architect #architecture #femalearchitect #interview #career #inspiration #series #designer #openmic" https://buff.ly/2CWq8qC

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Only smiling faces at Ruhehe Primary School!

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The Ruhehe Primary School is open! Huge shout out to our @africandesigncentre fellows for all of their hard work and the MSquared Foundation for their support #ruheheprimaryschool #ADCway

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Thanks @kuremakurebakwiga for such amazing work on the mural for #ruheheprimaryschool, opening tomorrow, Oct 12!⠀ ⠀ Reposting @kuremakurebakwiga:⠀ ...⠀ "#colorful #funky work in progress at the @massdesigngroup workshop for a new project with the @africandesigncentre !🌀#rwanda #mural #wallart #installation #commission #artistsoninstagram #ruheheprimaryschool #massdesign #adc #my250 #activelearning #wip"

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For those of you in the Kigali Area, come support the African Design Centre at both an ADC Craft Presentation Thursday morning and an Open House Workshop Thursday night. Email aline.k@rlp-ruanda.de to register. Hope to see you there! #ADC

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Crafts designed by our @africandesigncentre fellows will be featured at the exhibit "Products in Dialogue - Design from Rwanda and Rhineland-Palatinate" opening this Sunday at the Kigali Cultural Village. The exhibition will run from September 30 to October 14. Please come check these crafts out if you are in Kigali! @descom_rlp

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Check out our submission with Hank Willis Thomas for a new memorial in the Boston Common honoring Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King. You can see our submission on display at the Central Branch of Boston Public Library. Read more and share your thoughts online! Link in bio.

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Christian Benimana wrote a chapter, "Creating Design Leaders: The African Design Centre," in the Public Interest Design Education Guidebook. This book will be be available to order on September 12th. Link in bio! See if you can spot the MASS project on the cover! #ADCway #Mubuga

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Reposting @africandesigncentre: Progress thanks to our amazing ADC fellows ... "Progress. #RuhehePrimarySchool"

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We’re so excited to work with @anchorceramics and @michael.skewes.pottery!! #designforimpact Reposting @anchorceramics: ... "Heading to Kigali, Rwanda tonight with @michael.skewes.pottery for a week of creative exchange and idea generation with @massdesigngroup. This pic some of the testing around earthenware surface treatments our studios have been doing over the last week in preparation. Terracotta, engobes, slips and terra sigillata. More to come! . ———————————————. #LoFab #massdesigngroup #australianceramics #designforgood #architecturalceramics"

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Construction has begun! We're honored to have President of Liberia, Mr. George Weah, lay the first first block at New Redemption Hospital in Caldwell alongside Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the Minister of Health for Liberia #designforimpact

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We are so humbled and honored to be recipients of the Exhibit Columbus’ J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize alongside fellow recipients: Agency Landscape + Planning, Bryony Roberts Studio, Frida Escobedo Studio, and SO-IL! We are so inspired by the design heritage of Columbus, Indiana. Check out the Exhibit Columbus National Symposium on September 29, 2018 as a first step towards designing our site-specific installation.

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MASS is thrilled be selected as finalists for two Architizer A+ Awards in the Photography & Video Category for "Made in Ilima" and the Unbuilt Cultural Category for our design for the UK Holocaust Memorial competition! ⠀ Made in Ilima features our #LoFab (local fabrication) method to design the Ilima Primary School in rural Congo, and has been screened nationwide. ⠀ Our design for the UK Holocaust Memorial is a call to action, with six million individual stones representing each of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and an invitation for individuals to take a stone, light a candle, and pledge to prevent past injustices from repeating.⠀ We are so excited to be recognized for these two amazing projects! Voting ends tomorrow, so follow the link in the bio and don’t forget to vote in both categories!

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Thank you @topodesigns for our new @massdesigngroup backpacks!🎒

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We’re thrilled to be part of @tenxtenstudio’s DIA Plaza and Cultural Connections competition team. Here’s a repost from @tenxtenstudio of our team preparing for the public presentation. We couldn’t have asked for better partners @tenxtenstudio, @dmetstudio, @localprojects, @atelier_ten, #CraigWilkins & HR&A Advisors!

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We couldn’t be more excited to be named the 2018 winner of the International Sustainable Buildings Award! #Ashden18

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#Repost @theellenshow: “Here's the view from the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  This is the same mountain where Dian Fossey first did her work with gorillas.  The Campus is going to be so amazing!  I can't wait to tell you all more about it soon.  Thanks Michael Murphy @MASSdesigngroup and Tara Stoinski @savinggorillas for doing this project with me.”

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#Repost @marikaclark: “So incredibly proud of our team at @massdesigngroup #LDA #walterhood @local_projects @redhousestudioarchitecture for our proposal for the new MLK Jr. library in #Cleveland - we are one of three competition finalists! Our design is inspired by Dr. King’s quote that we are all “tied in a single garment of destiny.” Please go see our work on display at the current MLK Jr. Library at 1962 Stokes Blvd. and share far and wide. Thank you so very much for the opportunity @clevelandpubliclibrary @clevefoundation @universitycircle 🙏🙌 #thisiscle”

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#Repost @eji_org: "Most people in this country can't name a single African American who was lynched between 1877-1950 even though thousands of African Americans were subjected to this violence” -Bryan Stevenson, on the importance of creating a consciousness about our history and telling the truth. The National Memorial to Peace and Justice ( @mempeacejustice).

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‘Designed for impact’

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Happy International Women’s Day from the amazing women in our Kigali Office!✨#IWD2018

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"Dignity is to design, what justice is to law, and health is to medicine. It’s about having your value reflected in the spaces and places that you inhabit.” – John Cary #DesignforGood Watch @johncaryjr inspiring and necessary #TEDtalk, featured on the TED homepage: http://bit.ly/2sfc87N via @TEDTalks

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“The unprecedented growth of Africa cannot be ignored. Imagine – African future cities, but not vast slums. But the most resilient, and the most socially inclusive places on earth. This is achievable. And we have the talent to make it a reality”. @massdesigngroup and @africandesigncentre director Christian Benimana takes the TED Global stage, discussing the urgent need to train African talent to be design leaders on their continent. #linkinbio #ADCWay