Line Ramstad
Line Ramstad

Line Ramstad

In 2008, Line Ramstad traveled to a small migrant village on the border of Thailand and Burma as part of a temporary architectural project to explore the possibilities of architecture as a tool in development work. After the initial project was completed, she founded Gyaw Gyaw together with three of the local day laborers. Since 2009 they have been building sustainable buildings for and with the local migrant communities along the border. These structures utilize local and sustainable materials as well as adhere to the local social and cultural expectations of a building. With a strong emphasis on a democratic process and a focus on locally initiated projects, Gyaw Gyaw gives a voice to the marginalized communities, provides a positive example of architecture’s role in development, and shows how it can extend further than just building construction.