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White Canvas

Health center and school in refugee camp

The project takes on the difficult task to provide public amenities in refugee camps. The proposal for a health center and school was specifically developed for the Mbera refugee camp in southeast Mauritania of more than 70,000 people.

Tent structures form the basic units for the school and health center facilities. Phase Change Material (PCM) accumulators are used for air-conditioning to create liveable and safe conditions without additional energy requirements. 

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Enhancing the living conditions of uprooted political refugees
“Sustainability? Using only the energy from nature” – Mónica Rácz
Acknowledgement prize for refugee infrastructure in Mauritania
“Intelligent deployment of technology with social objectives” – Holcim Awards Jury
Regional Jury Report - Africa Middle East
Project Details
Bassikounou, Mauritania
Attila Szabadics
Main Author
Attila Szabadics
ArchSus Group, Hungary
Mónica Rácz
Further Author
Mónica Rácz
ArchSus Group , Hungary
Acknowledgement prize 2014
Middle East Africa
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Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Africa Middle East
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Africa Middle East

Shatha Safi of Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation (Palestine) and Yara Sharif of NG Architects and Palestine …

“Sustainability? Using only the energy from nature” – Mónica Rácz
“Sustainability? Using only the energy from nature” – Mónica Rácz

Mónica Rácz from ArchSus Group, Hungary won a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for “White Canvas: Health center and …

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