June: A Spring for Chapters

June: A Spring for Chapters

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 19, 2013
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Students have a say in the Concorde College design

A Spring for Chapters. Our I Love Architecture campaign this Spring makes us consider a very important challenge: How do you connect an entire world of humanitarian designers and architects?

You build a network.

Today, 56 volunteer-driven chapters of Architecture for Humanity organize and work in 14 countries, employing design to improve their communities. Chapter work ranges from park-sized interventions to city-wide disaster plans, and, of course, humanitarian architecture. Through I Love Architecture we're working with them to broadcast to a wider audience and direct donations to support them. This month we're raising funds for this incredible network of designers and architects making a difference where they live.

So far this Spring, I Love Architecture has raised $70,000, and has UNTIL JUNE 30 to reach our goal of $175,000. If you love architecture, please make a donation now to ensure our success and that of our chapters.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Below we frame a case for the Value of Design, and share how and where folks have taken up the banner to design like they give a damn.


Watch: A Simple              Proposition for the Value of Design

A Simple Proposition for the Value of Design

Studio Director Eric Cesal's observations from his mom's basement to rebuilding in Haiti have led him to a conclusion: design matters.
by TEDx PiscataquaRiver

Check out: I Love Architecture              celebrates our chapters!

I Love Architecture

Celebrating the work and people that make chapters possible, and host a conversation on building a stronger Chapter Network.
by Architecture for Humanity


Four highlights from our conversations this Spring – causes you really can't help but support –

Bogota Chapter helps revitalize a community library in Barrio El Mirador Codito // Ricardo Daza

Bogotá's Diverse Portfolio

Community engagement can happen on a number of levels - no team may know this better than the Bogotá Chapter. If you haven't yet had a chance, check out our conversation with chapter co-founder Ricardo Daza. The group has worked on everything from playgrounds to flood-resistant masterplans, meanwhile becoming our largest Latin American hub.

The Fabric Hut at Clerkenwell Design Week by the London Chapter was a big hit // Peter Landers

London's Huts Wow Clerkenwell Design Week

Last month the London Chapter installed four "huts" for the city-wide Clerkenwell Design Week. The structures each reflect a different aspects of Architecture for Humanity's ethos - and have attracted attention, and a bit of adoration. We catch up with Beth Worth on this event and other chapter happenings.

Manila Chapter's first completed project: a (plastic) bottle center for the elderly              // Illac Diaz, Liter of Light

Boggled by bottles – Manila Chapter (Philippines)

Since its launch last year following our campaign response to flooding in the Philippines, the Manila chapter has dug into an ecological issue rolling through the country: discarded bottles. Working with local partners and communities Manila Chapter completed its first structure: a Bottle Center for the Elderly.

Our Tehrani friends at RAI Studio return to CRAterre // Pouya Khazaeli

Rai Studio (Iran) goes to CRAterre

Photos from their return trip to Grenoble, France for CRAterre - a convention exploring the use of natural building materials. You might remember Rai Studio's work with lightweight bamboo houses and adobe refugee housing - their continued innovation using the, achem, Earth's most abundant building material.

We'll be hearing from Atlanta and Auckland later this month, and will be posting chapters and campaign progress through the Usual Social Media Suspects.

For more developments in community-driven design, see our complete updates page

Like what we're building? When we established the Chapter Network we envisioned a platform bringing tools and support to designers banding together locally and tackling issues in their backyards. Judging from their results to date, the Chapter Network can organize change wherever architects and designers are driven to guide it.


JUN 20-22 (Denver): American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention with Cameron Sinclair - Rachel Minnery - Eric Cesal - AFH DenverJUN 21-23 (Los Angeles) Dwell on Design with Kate StohrJUL 25-28 (Atlantic City): Atlantic City Food & Wine FestivalSEP 01 (San Francisco): Architecture and the City featuring (un)Build SFNOV 07-08 (San Francisco): Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

All times local–join these events on Facebook and stay updated.


Huge thanks to everybody hosting us and working with us at the conferences this weekend - and special thanks to molo design for donating the best give-a-damn booths in both Los Angeles and Denver.

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Top: Design and construction of the LaConcorde Orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti, is a collaboration between the Sioux Falls Chapter, Koch Hazard Architects, Love Takes Root, the University of Minnesota, NYU Schack Institute and local partners. Children at the orphanage helped review schematic designs - the project is now in construction.