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TED Talk: How MASS Design Group Gave the Word "Architecture" a Meaning in Rwanda

TED Talk: How MASS Design Group Gave the Word "Architecture" a Meaning in Rwanda

In one of the eight talks that make up the TED Prize-winning City2.0, MASS Design Group Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Alan Ricks explains how MASS designed and built the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, in 2008 when "there wasn't even a word for 'architect'" in Kinyarwanda, the national language. Now thanks in part to their work, and the commitment of the many MASS Design Fellows in the area, Rwanda has a more formalized market for architectural services and even a new architecture program at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

Through anecdotes and testimonials from others involved (including everyone from the hospital gardener to Rwanda's Minister for Health), Ricks demonstrates that no matter what the context, architecture can and should find opportunities in the local environment that bring not only health benefits but also economic benefits, jobs and even dignity.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "TED Talk: How MASS Design Group Gave the Word "Architecture" a Meaning in Rwanda" 16 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/567877/ted-talk-how-mass-design-group-gave-the-word-architecture-a-meaning-in-rwanda/> ISSN 0719-8884
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