January 21, 2013 marks the celebration of Martin Luther King Day in the United States. A visionary whose time was cut short by the madness he was working to eliminate. Dr. King was more than an evangelist for our time. He saw equality, opportunity, and peace as our most basic set of human rights. On April 4, 1968 the man died, but his words and hopes have continued to inspire global citizens determined to realize his dream nearly four decades later.
We often think, by default, that “design assumptions” have to involve a less-than-ideal workaround. In the case of The MASS Design Group's Kigutu Women's Hospital Village Health Works, in Kigutu, Burundi, one of the design assumptions is actually fortuitous: Burundi has a climate that is predictable and allows exterior walkways to be used year-round.