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Somalia Hope Village

Hope Village, Somalia

A Social Innovation collaboration between the Dr Hawa Abdi Foundation, Building Peace Foundation, Archi#Aid, Iranian Architect Pouya Khazaeli, Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair, and The Barefoot College.


Feasibility. Urban Design.Business Plan. Architectural design and implementation. Social Innovation.


Dr Hawa Abdi Foundation
Building Peace Foundation
Archi.Cape Town
Pouya Khazaeli
Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair,
and The Barefoot College.

Hope Village, Somalia

2014 – present


The project was developed to formalize the existing Displaced Persons Camp near Mogadishu, Somalia, established and run by Dr Hawa Abdi (2012 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and 2015 Building Peace Award Recipient) in 1988, the camp has grown to accommodate 90000 displaced persons. The urban design methodology includes resilient urban development that facilitates future growth and supports sustainable communities. The project prioritises social innovation. The scope includes Housing, Educational Institutions, Community centre, Retail and Commercial space. The architectural resolve comprises simple building materials and modular structures that can be assembled on site with local labour. The exterior skin of the structural system is adaptable and can be contextualized to suit the community and environment. Prototypes were developed in Italy, in collaboration with Pilosio, who supplied formwork and scaffolding elements for the structural system. These prototypes were further developed through the placement of schools in Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan.

The Project aims to functionally support refugees/migrants as well as interpret the ‘displaced narrative’.

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