Arkitekter utan gränser Sverige – Architects sans frontieres (ASF)

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

ASF Sweden works for better access to safe, sustainable, equal and adequate development of the built environment for all – locally and globally. The purpose of ASF Sweden is to enable vulnerable communities access to architectural services, research and educational resources in order to increase their resilience and reduce vulnerability, discrimination and poverty. The goal is to create an environment that is safe, functional, and sustainable; provide spaces for the needs, desires and dreams; with consideration of local climate, resources, building techniques and materials. ASF contributes with professional support from architects, planners and other professionals. All projects are driven by a high level of participatory design together with local partners and in close collaboration with relevant groups and communities. Project evaluation and learning through exchange of experiences are essential qualities in all our projects.

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Econef is an independent non-governmental organization that aims to improve the standard of living for orphans in the Arusha area. The aim of the Children’s Center Project is to increase Econef’s independence and reduce its reliance on private donations. In accordance with ASF Sweden’s philosophy the new center is designed to be ecologically and economically sustainable and largely maintenance free. 

The children’s centre has solar panels to create electricity, rainwater harvesting systems to collect water, and a biogas plant to produce cooking gas for use in the kitchen. Surrounding the buildings are plantations that will be used to grow food for the children, as well as areas for livestock.

The project is a collaboration between Architects Without Borders, Engineers without borders, Swedish architecture studios Asante Architecture & Design and Lönnqvist Vanamo Architects for Econef. 


For more information about ASF Sweden and Econef, click here.

For more information about Global Utmaning’s Sweden Local2030 Hub, click here.

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Project: Sweden Local2030 Hub