Located in Palo Alto, United States, Community Empowerment and Rehabilitation of Fragile Lands was designed by Field Architecture. The Ubuntu Centre, which opened to the public in September 2010, engages an urban condition that is prevalent across South Africa, and can be found throughout the developing world. The folded concrete forms read as independent volumes, which lean on one another for support while allowing the township pathways to continue in between. The building sends a powerful message that every child, regardless of race or background, deserves access to world-class health and education.
The Centre brings state-of-the-art services to the most vulnerable by providing centrally located, free and accessible social services; a timely and practical template for sustainability on a societal as well as an environmental level.