Affordable and sustainable building is gaining traction all over the world, especially in places where modern building techniques are too expensive or unknown. In areas such as Rwanda, MASS Design Group has been working to not only provide the people with the things they need– but finding a way to create affordable homes and simultaneously create jobs.
These prototypical homes were make from compressed dirt brick that doesn’t need to be fired or use any harsh processes to harden. Molds were created to ensure that the bricks were laid sufficiently and provide support for the region that is prone to earthquakes. These small homes feature a small entry, 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and living space. Small porch and garden areas are also provided since agriculture is a huge way of life in Rwanda. Originally built for doctors of the area, this sustainable method is being researched to further assist the natives in their living conditions.