Architecture and Health in Low Income Countries

The Star Homes* project in Tanzania has been in development for over a decade, exploring ways to develop novel, low-cost, low-carbon, comfortable and insect-proof housing to enhance the health of people in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. The project consists of 110 identical, single family ’Star Homes’ constructed across 60 different villages in rural Mtwara, one of the more underdeveloped regions of Tanzania, with a high incidence of malaria, respiratory tract infections, and diarrhea.

These houses form the basis of a trial, which aims to provide robust data to show whether improved housing can improve child health. In this session we will discuss lessons from the trial phase and explore opportunities for further development of the Star Homes* project.


Jakob B. Knudsen

Dean, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

Salum Mshamu

Director of CSK Research Organization, PhD student at University of Oxford

Ib Bygbjerg

Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen


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