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Spaces of Everyday Rwanda

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RwandaCoverSpaces of Everyday Rwanda: The Rwanda Picture Project


edited by Yutaka Sho

SPACES OF EVERYDAY RWANDA captures the collective emotional experience of a number of first-generation Rwandan architecture students who are engaged in a collaborative project to reshape their environment and rebuild their war-torn country. Their words and pictures invite us to share in their everyday lives, and in the process, introduces us to new ways of looking and thinking, and a deeper understanding of what it is to be a citizen of the world. The “authors” of this book are the Rwandan architecture students of Yutaka Sho. The book consists primarily of the students’ drawings and poems, accompanied by Yutaka’s photographs and commentary. The book has an introduction by Yutaka and also by the respected poet Michael Burkard, who provided editorial assistance for the students’ poems. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to the charity set up by Yutaka Sho to support sustainable building in Rwanda.

Yutaka Sho is an architect and faculty member of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. She is the co-founder of GA Collaborative, a U.S.-based design and advocacy firm that is currently building a village and community center in Rwanda for widows of the 1994 Genocide. Yutaka was educated at Harvard and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her Rwanda project was awarded the 2013 Arnold Brunner Grant from the New York Center for Architecture. She is the editor of SPACES OF EVERYDAY RWANDA: THE RWANDA PICTURE PROJECT (Standing Stone Books, 2013).