Skip to main content?

Episode 14 | Combining Ancient Traditions and Contemporary Social Design

Active Social Architecture is a Kigali-based architecture practice that designs and builds contemporary re-elaborations of vernacular Rwandan architecture.

SOCIAL DESIGN INSIGHTS
Episode 14 | Combining Ancient Traditions and Contemporary Social Design
00:00:00
00:25:23

About Active Social Architecture
Active Social Architecture (ASA) is a Kigali, Rwanda based practice with a special focus on schools for children and infants. ASA’s philosophical hallmarks include treating the building’s design as an “added educator,” in other words, the physical form of a school can contribute to a child’s growth and stimulation. This includes a mandate that schools and centers be centrally located, in a conspicuous and safe position, so that they develop symbolic value for the entire community.

ASA education and development centers work to reverse decades of structural inequality that denied rural Rwandans the educational opportunities more readily available to their urban counterparts.

Active Social Architecture is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.

Credits

Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our sound engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Taryn Turner, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation, for pulling everything together.