"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

12.27.2005

simple, decent places to live

Hooray! The New York Times reports on one of my favorite things anywhere, the Rural Studio in Alabama. The Rural Studio is a project in which Auburn University architecture students (including, once, my friend Jennifer) move to rural Hale County (where Evans and Agee lived to write Let Us Now Praise Famous Men during the Depression) and build beautiful, sustainable structures for those who live in poverty housing. They build houses, but they also create community spaces like churches and picnic pavillions. People's lives change, their communities become stronger, and the students get the chance of a lifetime to build unique structures.

This is what the world should be like. I love it because it deals with poverty issues, which are my passion, and architecture, which is a side fascination. To learn more about the Rural Studio and see more photographs of their lovely buildings, check out this great book.

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