Michael Murphy and John Cary on the Common Edge Podcast

For the latest episode of the Common Edge Podcast I talk with two people involved in social justice design. Michael Murphy is the co-founder of MASS Design Group, a ground-breaking nonprofit practice that is changing the way designers approach socially-engaged architecture. In the second half of the podcast I talk with John Cary, author of the newly released book, Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone, which features projects by MASS Design and other firms that are tightly integrating social justice and architectural dignity.



MASS Design recently won a National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and Michael Murphy will be honored at a benefit for the Institute for Public Architecture in New York City on October 11. John Cary’s New York City book launch event takes place on Oct. 4th (more information here).


In addition to discussing ground breaking projects in Rwanda, Haiti and Malawi, both Michael Murphy and John Cary talk about the structural barriers that the profession puts in the path of young architects who want to practice social justice design–and what to do about it.



All photos below by Iwan Baan.


Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. MASS Design Group was brought in by Dr. Paul Farmer and his organization, Partners in Health (PIH), to help plan and design a state-of-the-art facility. MASS Design Group and PIH’s partnership created a holistic model of architecture that choreographed the process of construction to employ, educate, and empower the local community.
GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center. The first permanent cholera treatment center in Haiti, the facility’s facade was crafted by local Haitian metalworkers, and is custom-designed to provide appropriate daylighting and ventilation throughout the facility. Cholera in the immediate catchment area has been reduced by 99 percent.
Maternity Waiting Village in Malawi. Maternal waiting homes address high infant and maternal mortality rates by providing a facility within reach of a health center where expectant mothers, after their 36th week, can stay until their delivery period in order to receive care.


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