Justice is Beauty
MASS Design Group
Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks
The first monograph of MASS Design Group, the internationally lauded firm creating some of the most powerful and humane works of architecture today.
Founded in 2008 by a team of students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, MASS Design Group collaborated with Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health to produce the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda, a masterwork of design that also uniquely serves a community in need. Since then, MASS has grown into a dynamic collaborative of architects, designers, planners, engineers, filmmakers, researchers, and public health professionals working in more than a dozen countries in the fields of design, research, policy, education, and strategic planning.
Amid ongoing recognition (the 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture), MASS’s most recent project, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, has been featured in more than 400 publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post. Mark Lamster of Dallas Morning News called the memorial “the single greatest work of American architecture of the twenty-first century.”
Justice is Beauty highlights MASS’s first decade of designing, researching, and advocating for an architecture of justice and human dignity. With more than thirty projects built or under construction and some 200,000 people served, MASS has pioneered an immersive approach in the practice of architecture that provides the infrastructure, buildings, and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being, while always engaging local communities with attention to the specifics of cultural context and social needs.
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