GRAFT Energy Connectivity Hubs
MobilityCommercialModular ArchitectureArchitecture Activism
MobilityCommercialModular ArchitectureArchitecture Activism
Project typeOff-grid and clean energy provision, drone technology, solar power, sustainable business, rural communities, architecture activism
StatusOngoing
LocationAfrican Drone Forum, Rwanda
TimeOngoing

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.

ICU Rooms Charité
HealthcareArchitecture ActivismResearch
HealthcareArchitecture ActivismResearch
Project typeHealing architecture, evidence-based design, Intensive care units, hospital, health care architecture, scientific research project
StatusConstruction completed; research ongoing
LocationBerlin, Germany
Time2011–2013

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.

GRAFT Solarkiosk
Architecture ActivismModular ArchitectureCommercial
Architecture ActivismModular ArchitectureCommercial
Project typeOff-grid and clean energy provision, solar power, sustainable business, rural communities, architecture activism
StatusOngoing
LocationWorldwide
TimeOngoing

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.

Heimat2 Birdview
ResidentialUrban PlanningModular ArchitectureArchitecture Activism
ResidentialUrban PlanningModular ArchitectureArchitecture Activism
Project typeTemporary housing for refugees
Statusongoing
LocationGermany
Time2016
Sizescalable

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.

Affordable Housing Namibia
Architecture ActivismModular ArchitectureResidentialUrban Planning
Architecture ActivismModular ArchitectureResidentialUrban Planning
Project typeAffordable housing, prototypical urban planning of 1,000 housing units
StatusOngoing
LocationWalvis Bay, Ongwediva and Ondangwa, Namibia
Time2014–2015
Size41m² apartments – 205m² housing units

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.

Holistic Living
Architecture ActivismMobilityResidential
Architecture ActivismMobilityResidential
Project typeEnergy autonomy in three residences, plus-energy houses, healthy materials, mobility-plus-energy, sustainability
StatusBuilt
LocationBerlin, Germany
Time2013–2015
Size500m² and 700m²

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.

GRAFT Solarkiosk
Architecture ActivismModular ArchitectureResidentialUrban Planning
Architecture ActivismModular ArchitectureResidentialUrban Planning
Project typeRebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward, master planning, single-family houses
StatusOngoing
LocationNew Orleans, USA
Time2006–2008
Size1,000 sqft (100m2) - 3,000 sqft (300m2) houses

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.

Unity Flag
CulturalArchitecture Activism
CulturalArchitecture Activism
Project typeMonument design
StatusDesign
LocationGermany
Time2008

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.

Pink Project
CulturalArchitecture ActivismExhibition / Stage
CulturalArchitecture ActivismExhibition / Stage
Project typeRebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward, awareness campaign, exhibition design
StatusBuilt
LocationNew Orleans, USA
Time2007

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.

Art Cloud
Exhibition / StageCulturalArchitecture Activism
Exhibition / StageCulturalArchitecture Activism
Project typeCultural development
StatusUnfinished
LocationSchlossplatz, Berlin, Germany
Time2006
Size+1,000m²

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.

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