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MASS Design Group designs and constructs buildings that improve people's lives — like homes for women about to give birth.
In the East African country of Malawi, many women die in labor because they live so far from health services.
A maternal waiting village is a safe, sanitary, welcoming place for women approaching the end of pregnancy to stay near a health clinic until they go into labor.
MASS Design incorporated solar windows and panels for natural light and sustainable climate control into a 32-bed village with communal kitchens, bathrooms, and social space for a space that's practical, beautiful, and welcoming.
The professional journal Midwifery (vol. 62, 2018) found that women preferred MASS Design's village to traditional maternity waiting homes, suggesting that building more will increase use and significantly reduce Malawi's maternal and neonatal mortality rates.
MASS Design's 25 projects in 21 countries also include schools, hospitals, research centers, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which earned the firm the 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Architecture.
Our projects have challenged us to question what it means to be proximate, to be community driven, to serve the public, and to think of the built world around us as part of our rights to determine.
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