Meem Architecture is a non-profit group of architects working in the field of humanitarian aid and international development. The name 'Meem' is an anagram of 'meme' *, which is a copyable element that occurs in a particular culture and can be repeated or modified. 'Meme' expresses the pursuit of study and searching for appropriate replicable building principles and practices. By architectural intervention in low-income regions, we try to bring in functional models that can be copied, replicated, adapted; models that can be taken over by the community itself and further adapted to their own needs.

 

PURPOSE

Contribute to the professionalisation of construction projects in humanitarian programs and post-catastrophic restoration, with emphasis on the sustainability, suitability and appropriateness of the solution.

 

* “A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches.

The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek mīmēma, "imitated thing") coined by British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena."

 

Source: Wikipedia (2.6.2017);  Dawkins, Richard - The Selfish Gene