Is there a story behind the cover art?
This photo was taken during the construction of Active Social Architecture's Rugerero Health Center in Rubavu, Rwanda. For a project of this scale, members of the local community will intermittently participate in the construction, where alongside employment, there are opportunities to receive on-the-job-training. The original purpose of the image was to inform the architects of the building's progress, which makes it a functional part of the design process. As a cover, it is having a second life.
When is the best moment to read this issue?
The best moment to read this issue is when you want to consider design more holistically, as a global practice with diverse historical, social, economic, and cultural dimensions.
What is the best soundtrack for this issue?
This issue was made while listening to 1970s psychedelic music from Benin and Togo. It should serve as a good accompaniment to this work.