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MASS Design Group Film Screening: Design that Heals + Made In Illima

  • Hill Auditorium 1280 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

"The question is not what is the cost of architecture, but what is the cost of not having architecture." —Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners In Health

Join MODA for a screening of two films about the work of MASS Design Group, Design that Heals and Made in Illima.

About Design That Heals

In 2010, in the midst of the world’s worst cholera outbreak in over a century, MASS Design Group was challenged to design a cholera treatment center where the construction process, as well as the finished building, could address the underlying structural and social conditions that allow cholera to thrive.

This is the subject of Design that Heals, a new documentary that portrays the challenges, innovations, and triumph of the project, proving that, “Architecture and health are inseparable.” (Dr. Jean-William Pape, GHESKIO founder)

Running Time: 31 minutes | Directed by Thatcher Bean

About Made in Illima

In the center of Equator Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. They have coexisted with endangered wildlife in their surrounding forest for generations, but as the pace of development has increased, this fragile ecosystem has suffered. 

They partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and our architecture firm, MASS Design Group, in 2012 to create a new conservation focused primary school and community center. This film documents our collective building process - one aimed at leveraging local craft and ecological knowledge towards education, preservation, and beauty.

Running time: 65 minutes | Directed by Thatcher Bean

About MASS Design Group

Advocating for human dignity and justice through architecture is at the core of MASS Design Group's philosophy. The non-profit practice began in 2008 during the construction of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda. With offices in Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, MASS Design Group continues to carry out its mission through collaborative design and construction with local communities, capacity building, and research programs spanning over a dozen African countries and the Americas. Their projects include primary schools, housing, healthcare facilities like a cholera treatment clinic in Port-au-Prince, and the new Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.


$15 | $10 for MODA Members. This event will be held across the street from MODA at the Hill Auditorium in the High Museum.