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For Medics in Rural Burundi, Vivid, Solar-Powered Housing


New York-based architect (and Young Gun juror!) Louise Braverman has built her firm on the twin pillars of "art + conscience," producing in just under a quarter century projects as diverse as a sustainable house in Westchester to a YWCA in Brooklyn. Dezeen has just published a write-up on Braverman's medical staff housing in Burundi, Africa, a (locally sourced) brick compound punctuated by candy colors (perhaps a classic move for new-builds on the continent) designed to house a village's hospice workers. Because the area has no access to the electrical grid, the 18-bed dorm needed to be self-reliant on energy. Braverman's solution? Solar panels and naturally insulating siting into the hills.

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