MASS Design versus cholera (part 1)

Before October 2010, Haiti had no documented cases of cholera. Since then, the country of 10 million hasn’t passed a day without it. While easily treatable, cholera has been responsible for the deaths of thousands, and Haiti and international health organizations are fighting it with few and shrinking resources. During Haiti’s rainy seasons, what would…

Kids’ Extra Credit: Redesigning Education

(Students Rebuild) Public schools in urban California and rural North Carolina are breaking through customary walls to pursue dynamic learning environments and impact their communities. Of course – design plays a part. Around the nation a debate rages on how to educate children. On one end, there is a push to bring all students up simultaneously,…

Place and public health: the impact of architecture on wellbeing

(The Guardian) When discussing public health, architecture is not generally the first thing that springs to mind. Yet its influence on us is inescapable. Architects play a critical role in shaping the qualities of our environment; they work in collaboration with end users and their needs and ambitions, and they have the power to restore…