GA Collaborative, a nonprofit design, research and education studio, founded by Michael Leighton Beaman (Lecturer, Interior Architecture), RISD alumni Yutaka Sho and Zaneta Hong, and Boston-based designer and builder James Setzler, is exhibiting work at The Good Cause: Architecture or Peace – Divided Cities. The exhibition being held at the Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany, will feature the Masoro Village Project, an on-going design, research and education project focused on housing for the Masoro Village in Rwanda, Africa, began in 2008 by GA Collaborative.
The exhibition is based on project work carried out over a number of years by a network of architects, urban planners and scholars on the international platform ‘Archis Interventions’, as a response to specific post-conflict situations in war zones and to provide support through active intervention in the rebuilding of cities as a means to ensure peace.
War and conflict are a constant across time. To confront this reality, peace missions, rebuilding operations and international laws have been developed as tools to help create stability and peace after conflicts. This is very important, but the road to sustainable peace is arduous and difficult. Furthermore, rebuilding and urban planning strategies can rekindle old conflicts. This exhibition ‘The Good Cause’ is divided into two sections. The first, under the heading ‘Architecture of Peace’, shows what reconstruction could look like if it were designed with an eye for local structures, tracing inspiring case studies from Afghanistan, Kosovo, South Africa, Rwanda, Israel and Palestine. This requires a specific attitude and strategy, for example modesty, sensitivity to context, trust, and attention on continuity. These ‘factors for success’ are examined for each case study.