Design Open Mic: Building Hope

Design Open Mic: Building Hope

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Apr 19, 2011
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During our Design Open Mic session on April 13th, we held an office screening of Building Hope, a film produced by The Nobelity Project that documents the construction and completion of the Mahiga Hope Rainwater Court and High School near Nairobi, Kenya.

The Mahiga Rainwater Court was an Architecture for Humanity project completed in 2009. In addition to being a 4,850 sq. ft., full-court basketball court, the design's main features included a roof with gutters for rainwater catchment, and a UV water purification system powered by solar panels. The completed structure serves multiple functions for the community, providing a sports facility, purified drinking water, a covered performance space for music and theatre, an outdoor classroom area, and a general meeting space.

During the process of designing and building the Mahiga Rainwater Court, the Nobelity Project's team discovered that the community was even more in need of a high school than they were in need of a basketball court (education in the area was ending after completion of the 8th grade). Working with their sponsors, as well as with parents and community members, the Nobelity Project managed to build both high school and rainwater court. Their amazing journey and achievement is captured in Building Hope.

See the trailer below.