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Made in Ilima

In the center of Equator Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. They have coexisted with endangered wildlife in their surrounding forest for generations, but as the pace of development has increased, this fragile ecosystem has suffered.

They partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and our architecture firm, MASS Design Group, in 2012 to create a new conservation focused primary school and community center. This film documents our collective building process – one aimed at leveraging local craft and ecological knowledge towards education, preservation, and beauty.


Made in Ilima
Congo, USA, 2017
Thatcher Bean

20.Nov.2019 1810 views
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Thatcher Bean is a Film Director who helped establish a film production studio within MASS Design Group in 2014. Over the last five years, this studio’s unique capacity has been leveraged to document, illustrate, and promote the effects of the built environment on society. The studio has produced dozens of short films and interviewed over 100 of our building’s users, builders, and clients. He has been a guest speaker at SXSW Eco, The Impact Building Summit in Washington D.C., A Better World by Design Conference at Brown University, is a frequent presenter at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and has served as a guest critic at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and presenter at the Yale School of Architecture.

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