News: Strength in Diversity

News: Strength in Diversity

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  • Mar 30, 2013
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Tohoku Tours: "We Are One" - 5:01
Sato-san, owner and operator of the "We Are One" Market and Youth Center in Kitakami, Japan, introduces the spaces and impact of a building that opened in January.
by Architecture for Humanity HQ
Toronto Chapter launches panel series - 1:41
Recap of a community-oriented discussion series involving developers and architects on how to build sustainable developments that engage their respective communities.
by Alexis MacDonald, Humber College News

Project Milestones

USGBC's State of Our Schools infographic             available via along with the report Parnership with USGBC to upgrade America's schools

We've launched a strategic partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) this month to address America's $542 Billion school building maintenance and modernization bill. The announcement comes in conjunction with the release of the Center for Green Schools 2013 State of Our Schools Report, calling for the first comprehensive study of US school facility needs in 18 years.

Spacious, airy classrooms include gate-walls to optionally expand learning spaces Haiti Partners' Children Academy inaugurated

A teacher training group recently celebrated the full opening of its first school and learning center. "From the ground up," Haiti Partners writes, "we’re building it as a place that’s cultivating learning and innovation for children and adults of all ages, that brings the whole community together." Natalie reflects on the past six months of construction.

Upcycled bottle walls and attire make for a breezy tropical community center

Manila Chapter opens bottle-based Center for the Aged

Catch up on what the Manila Chapter has been up to - and where they see the plastic bottle heading in a brigher, cleaner future for the Philippines.

Guerilla Green  team Niskayuna Aquaponics dissect a plastic barrel to build their water system

Guerrilla Green enters construction

Finalist student teams are starting to execute their school-improvement designs. Check out the latest pics, videos and team blogs via the Guerrilla Green Facebook page. March 29 concludes Round 2, at which point finished projects are selected to scale beyond their prototypes. These kids are stoked.

The weathers sunner and clear for QwaQwa Football for Hope Centre's opening day

Design Fellow reflects on QwaQwa centre opening

In February George Kinuthia brought the QwaQwa Football for Hope community centre in Thibela, South Africa, to completion - and this month the football pitch joined it in full use. George reflects on the completed project, and on what it means to be an architect.    

Exqisite shade details on the Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre opens

The South African Red Cross Society cut the ribbon on their FFH Centre in Mokopane, South Africa, on March 8. The carefully-detailed centre will host anti-AIDS programs and, naturally, physical health, through sport.

The ply-based               fishing house glows like a lantern at night

Maeami-hama Community House celebrates its opening

Right as the old damaged and condemned community center was demolished, Maeami village's new one slid open its doors. The village invited the design team (KMDW) and partners to share a day of fresh food, architectural tours, stories and a few laughs.

Guest architects present their ideas for affordable house design for tsunami affected areas MakiBiz exhibits and discusses the future of housing in Tohoku

On 3.11, MakiBiz opened its doors to a discussion on the future of permanent housing in Tohoku. In attendance were several guest architects and patrons of downtown Ishinomaki. You can now also track MakiBiz' events on their Facebook page.

From youth charrettes to volunteer               programs to site visits, Students Rebuild has full Japan coverage Students Rebuild on Tohoku Reconstruction: Two years later

A comprehensive "state of the region" has been compiled by Architecture for Humanity for Students Rebuild. The blogged reporting comes two years after the Tohoku tsunami, and one year after the installation of a sculpture that still inspires new levels of community involvement among local youths.

Neighborhood partners discuss the drawings on site of San Francisco's latest pocket park

1 Burrows Pocket Park in San Francisco in construction

Years in the making, San Francisco Chapter's pocket park design for a disused dead end in Portola District is now becoming a reality– paver installation, bio swale excavation, and siting the additions to the urban forest. Pictures of the latest and a few impromptu words from the Portola Neighborhood Association.

Remembering Nathan Jones Remembering Nathan Jones

Nathan left us too soon. Please take a moment to meet the man who not only led development of a youth center in Cameroon, but inspired the people he met along the way.


All times local

APR 10 (@AFH_HQ) Design Open Mic: AFH Resiliency & Reconstruction StudioAPR 13 (Chicago) American Planning Association (APA) National ConferenceAPR 17 (@AFH_HQ) Design Open Mic: AFH Public Spaces and Infrastructure StudioAPR 24 (@AFH_HQ) Design Open Mic: Hiroto Kobayashi of Kobayashi Maki Design WorkshopJUN 10-13 (Chicago) NeoCon

JUN 20-22 (Denver) American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention feat. Cameron SinclairJUN 21-23 (Los Angeles) Dwell on Design feat. StohrNOV. 07-08 (San Francisco): Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

Jobs - Director of Finance, San Francisco | Development Associate - Fundraising, San Francisco | Program Coordinator: Haiti Disaster Recovery, Port-au-Prince | Senior Architect, Haiti | Structural Engineer, Haiti | Project Accountant, San Francisco

Fellowships - Football for Hope, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa |  ビジネス・コーディネーター, Japan | Design Fellow (Francophone), Afrique Centrale | Design Fellow: Football for Hope, Zimbabwe

Volunteer Opportunities - Summer 2013 Internships, San Francisco, decisions to be made by April 6 | Model Maker, San Francisco

Other News

The Japan Team and the Reconstruction & Resiliency Studio would like to thank everyone who contributed to Global Giving's Japan matching campaign earlier this month. With your help we raised $16,195 in 15 days to continue our rebuilding work in Tohoku - Thank You.

Headquarters would like to introduce some exciting additions to our team: Development Director Joe Tuohy; Outreach Coordinator Garrett Jacobs; and Hurricane Sandy Regional Program Manager Rachel Minnery all started with us this month. MakiBiz office in Ishinomaki, Japan, welcomes Business Coordinator Miku Kano and Director of Strategic Partnership Yoichi Wakabayashi.  Welcome to Esmeralda Doublette, new Development Coordinator at the Haiti Rebuilding Center. We'd also like to welcome new volunteers - Eve Murzyn in Cape Town .

We bid a fond farewell to some very dear people. Finance director Gaurav Vashist will be pursuing exciting new opportunities; HRC Develoment Coordinator Stephany Sirius we wish equally on her new direction; Development Associate Sarah Bush Brady becoming a full-time mom for her newborn. And tremendous thanks to Nicholas Earle, Laurie Miller, Tawnie Aaron, Christopher Cronk and Elvia Santoyo for your great work!