The Lo-Fab Movement

How we build, and who builds, matters.

The idea is simple.

“Lo-Fab” [Locally Fabricated] speaks to MASS’s approach to the design and building process. On every project, we highlight and scale local innovation and ideas, hire local labor, and use local materials.

This kind of architecture is making human lives better, and this is how we evaluate design integrity and the success of our projects. From our ethos, we draw a core set of principles that ensures we deliver sustainable and beautiful buildings, but also that we spread this ethos by training a growing generation of designers and architects.

Our core principles:

  1.   Architecture can improve lives.
  2.   Architecture must have a transcendent idea to effect systemic change.
  3.   The building process must be curated to produce dignity.

Let’s defend these together. Let’s advocate to the world for a different approach that includes everyone, that gives voice to everyone, and that values the way we build as much as the finished product.

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HOW IT WORKS:

FEATURED MASS BUILDING TEAM

HAKIZA EMMANUEL

Master Mason, Rwanda

“What makes me happy is that people in this neighborhood tell me I have done something beautiful here. I will build my house with this stone.” 

ANNE MARIE N.

Master Mason, Rwanda

“I often thought that gender equity would never be. But now that I see where I am now, I don’t think it’s me alone. It’s all because of the hospital project. No amount of value can be assigned to dignity.” 

MACKENZY VIL

Metalworking Expert, Haiti

“I’m so happy I participated in this project. Because if my grandmother or sister got sick, they would come to this hospital.” 

View last year’s initiative, Beyond the Building. 

Since MASS began, we have seen that exceptional buildings and infrastructure can actually address the health, economic, and social challenges the world faces today. But architecture is more than just a building.

In 2014, we told story through a film series, Beyond the Building.

CHECK OUT THE 2014 CAMPAIGN