Simplicity with Style

Image Recently the prestigious magazine Open House International, published an article about the post-Mitch reconstruction project in Malacatoya, Nicaragua. It describes the different project phases, but especially emphasizes that the “beneficiaries” are treated as real “clients”. The question as to Why architects design individual houses for the wealthy, but “chicken coops” for social projects?, is at the center of the discussion. The article is published on the EcoSouth website in the original English version with special permission of “Open House International”.

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Peter Dunckley
Architect
South African, English, Afrikaans
Housing delivery services, project proposals, budgeting

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In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.