At the African Drone Forum in Rwanda in early 2020, GRAFT and DroneMasters presented a new concept that would enable the fast and easy implementation of a decentralized drone, energy and education network. The idea is to link the existing functions of the SOLARKIOSK project with a drone infrastructure to increase rural connectivity in Africa.
In their five-year “Parametric Dream Room” research program, GRAFT has revealed the huge potential for collaboration between doctors, designers and the healthcare industry in the design of beneficial medical environments. The two new ICU rooms focus on noise control, lighting conditions and new approaches to healthcare and represent a paradigm shift from abstract, technical considerations towards the design of positive human environments based on empirical data.
SOLARKIOSK is an infrastructure instrument that can create an impact from the bottom up, cooperating directly with local people and developing their community. With clean solar energy and an inclusive business model, SOLARKIOSK provides an energy supply, connectivity, and communication even in remote regions.
GRAFT co-founded Heimat2 with partners Comterra Care, Lepi Ventures, Bernstein Group and H.W. Pausch to provide dignified housing solutions for refugees in Germany that combine short- and long-term solutions from typical disaster relief programs.
Namibia is experiencing a housing crisis with half a million people living in unsafe shack settlements. The average prices for houses and apartments have become unaffordable for over 90% of the population. In a study commissioned by KfW Bankengruppe, GRAFT identified several approaches to reducing construction costs by up to 30% compared with the cost of a comparable National Housing Enterprise unit.
GRAFT designed three prototypical Mobility-Plus-Energy-Houses made of sustainable and healthy materials that are completely reusable or recyclable. The houses generate their own energy and a surplus that is used to power an electric vehicle integrated into the technical system of the house. Through integrated planning and a holistic approach, the houses create an energy cycle and combine immovables and mobility.
In 2007 GRAFT started the “Make It Right Foundation” together with Brad Pitt, Bill McDonough, and the Cherokee Foundation, to rebuild the Lower 9th Ward.
A sense of unity can be felt throughout Germany. It is not tied to a single place or piece of Germany but consists of all places and all pieces of the country.
In order to raise funds and create awareness, the Pink Project was designed to officially launch the rebuilding efforts and prepare the first financing of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Catrina.
The Art Cloud is a concept for a place characterised by separation and division that exists in the here and now but breathes the identities of times past.