Architecture for Humanity_Impact Through Design_‏October 2011

Much to report on this month as we held a ground-breaking ceremony for another school in Haiti and launched a long-awaited consumer awareness campaign there. We’ve started new projects in our Football for Hope program and Nike GAMECHANGERS, and we’re moving forward with the Tohoku Rebuilding Program in the areas affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
This month we’re making a few big announcements – one is the start of the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [un]restricted access: from military space to civic space. The upcoming challenge asks designers to develop imaginative and revolutionary ideas for re-purposing abandoned, closed or decommissioned military sites and structures around the world. Stay tuned for more on that. And in other big news, Architecture for Humanity will relaunch Worldchanging by merging the site with the Open Architecture Network. The result will be a robust center for applied innovation and sustainable development.
Speaking of innovation, read about our co-founders in this recent profile article in Architect Magazine
Finally, as the 2nd edition of Design Like You Give a Damn gets closer to hitting the shelves, we’re bringing the spirit of the book to life this weekend in New York City. Join in the energy and excitement of our annual humanitarian design conference, Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!, on Oct. 21st and 22nd. You, too, can share your project at the Design Open Mic and meet Architecture for Humanity design fellows who are our humanitarian design force around the world. Register today and we’ll see you soon in NYC.
The Architecture for Humanity Team
848 Folsom Street, Suite 201, San Francisco, USA
Regional Offices: Port au Prince, Haiti | Cape Town, South Africa | Sendai, Japan
On Twitter:
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This Issue:
Project Updates | Chapter News | Design Opportunities, Jobs | Comings and Goings + Other News | Upcoming Events + Thanks

Project Updates

Haiti: Building A Strong Future
Bati Byen Launches!
After months of development, the program that will assist training, financing and economic sufficiency for Haitian businesses is ready for the Big Time. Adding to the hoopla this week, Bati Byen billboards have been sighted around Port-au-Prince.
Building Analysis with MIT
This fall, the School of Architecture at MIT will be conducting a series of laboratory tests on the schools we’re designing and building in Haiti as part of the Building Technology Laboratory. The focus is on the classroom buildings at Bon Berger Pele, Home of Knowledge and Santo and will feed directly into real world design and construction.
Groundbreaking at Academie Timoun
At a very joyous (and well-attended!) groundbreaking ceremony for the Haiti Partners’ Children’s Academy in Bawonsya, architect and Design Fellow Kate Evarts surveyed the scene: "I think that if I went to school here I’d spend all day looking out the doors and dreaming of what I could be when I grew up," Kate said.
Students Rebuild Haiti schools update
Read a synopsis on school construction status, with exhaustive coverage of construction and communities available on the Students Rebuild Haiti blog.
Japan: Tohoku Rebuilding Program
e5star Wetsuits Workshop Updates / e5star ウエットスーツ工房 アップデート
Nakamura-san (owner), Satoshi-kun (designer) and Hoshi-san (contractor) met at e5star for the first site meeting. They discussed how to proceed and Hoshi-san measured the future workshop area.
Paper Crane Sculpture Update / 折鶴オブジェプロジェクト アップデート
Kumiko Fujiwara, head director at Artists of Tohoku (SOAT), found the site for the Paper Cranes for Japan sculpture, which will be at the ground floor of Sendai Station.
Submissions to Build Back Better Tohoku「よりよい東北を」への提案書ありがとうございました。
We received many inspiring proposals for Build Back Better Tohoku. Thank you to all who entered! We’ll review submissions and announce the winner(s) soon, so stay tuned.
Football for Hope
Centre Opening and New Projects
We are really pleased and excited to announce the opening of the Lesotho Football For Hope Centre. There was an official ceremony by the centre host. We are moving on to the Phase III of the Football For Hope program with the start of 7 new projects.

Chapter News

We’re holding our 2nd annual Chapter Forum on October 22, in conjunction with Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! This event, free to all registered chapter members, will be another terrific opportunity for chapter members to connect and hold interactive discussions on chapter operations. We’ll have workshops on project selections and fund raising from 9am-noon at the Center for Architecture in the heart of Soho, NYC. Register today.
Congratulations to our Atlanta chapter, recipient of the September Micro Grant for their Oasis project. The project provides design solution for the long standing shortage of public transportation amenities in the Atlanta area.
The Auckland chapter just launched its Open Ideas Design Competition to address the rebuilding of a Christchurch school campus. Registration deadline is November 14. And our very own CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Cameron Sinclair recently finished his tour as 2011 International Architect in Residence through a New Zealand public lecture.
Chicago chapter’s project Fresh Moves was featured on CNN recently.
Our Denver chapter is working with the Disability Development Foundation, Crutches for Africa, Boulder Kisumu Sister City to get a new project off the ground for the Joyland Special School (primary & secondary) in Kisumu, Kenya.
Our San Francisco chapter has been finalizing design development for their 1 Burrows project, which seeks to transform a neglected section of Burrows street in San Bruno into a multi-use public gathering space.
And last but not least, we welcome our newest chapter: Providence, Rhode Island!

Design Opportunities, Jobs

Architecture for Humanity HQ, San Francisco, USA
Web Developer
Director of Operations
Human Resources Coordinator
Director of International Programs
Program Manager
Editorial Director, Online Platforms
Students Rebuild Design Fellow
Haiti Administrative Intern, San Francisco
Port au Prince, Haiti
Development Director
Haiti Team Structural Engineer
Directeur, Planification et conception
Construction Manager
Design Fellow: Architecture
Design Fellow: AIA/USGBC Sustainable Architect
Design Fellow: Architecture
Intern, Port-au-Prince
Design Fellow (working on youth football/soccer facilities) [14+ months stipend]
Sendai, Japan
Design Fellow: 日本

Comings, Goings and Other News

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Ana Reis, our new Design Fellow who will be working from our Cape Town office. Here at headquarters, we’re excited that Karl Johnson will be sticking around and has taken a position as Communications Associate with Architecture for Humanity.
The Rebuilding Center in Haiti has a long line-up of greetings to extend. Bienvenue to Design Fellow Nathalie Desrosiers, Economic Development Interns Gina Desrogenes and Myrlaine St Cyr, Construction Outreach Supervisors Rene Balan and Marc Henry, and new volunteers Mari Krakenes, Myrlaine St Cyr, and Gyna Derogene. The team wishes a fond farewell to Carl Harrigan who effortlessly built a foundation in everyone’s hearts.
The 2011 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners have been announced! Congratulations to Hsieh Ying-Chun, who received the Grand Prize, and fellow winners Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée and FrontlineSMS.

Upcoming Events + Thanks

Architecture for Humanity’s Weekly Design Open Mic (open house)
Who: You | When: Every Wed., 12 -1 pm | Where: 848 Folsom Street, Suite 201, San Francisco
Tririga International User Conference
Who: Cameron Sinclair | When: October 18 – October 20, 2011 | Where: Henderson, Nevada
World Sustainable Building Conference
Who: Cameron Sinclair | When: October 18 – October 21, 2011 | Where: Helsinki, Finland
Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2011 – Register today and sign up for Design Open Mic
Who: YOU | When: October 21 – October 22, 2011 | Where: New York City
This month we are extremely grateful to Prudential for sponsoring Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! Also, a huge thank you to all of our event supporters: AIA New York Center for Architecture, Steelcase, Inc., molo design, Kashi, Dwell, Yutaka Takiura,Thao Nguyen and Creative Artists Agency, Diana Bianchini and Di Moda Public Relations, ITO EN (North America) Inc., DASSAI, MUJI U.S.A. Limited, Parducci Wine Cellars, WASEDA USA, TOTO USA, Inc., Lagunitas Brewing Company, Autodesk, ABRAMS, and Jana Water. • Architecture for Humanity

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