Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of François Marty's work was prepared when François Marty was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
François Marty is setting new standards and redefining what public housing should look like: Aesthetic, high quality, ecological houses. With municipalities, he is shifting the vision of public housing operators and demonstrating the economic viability of such houses. He is also creating and training an entirely new sector of social enterprises, employing those most marginalized in ecological construction. In doing so, he guarantees a strong economic return for social housing operators and social construction enterprises; social welfare for housed families and newly inserted construction workers; and a powerful environmental impact in low-income neighborhoods.
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