August 2012: Shore up ambition

August 2012: Shore up ambition

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Aug 24, 2012
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Venice, Baby

Between the Venice Biennale, a burgeoning response in the Philippines and our upcoming humanitarian design conference, we've been keeping busy. Check out the details below and please join us!

Earlier this month, heavy rains in the Philippines caused flooding, landslides and the displacement of 250,000 people. We launched the Philippines Floods Response to assist with rebuilding and to prevent future disasters through sustainable solutions. We're looking to engage this mission with as strong a network as possible – find out how you can get involved in helping Manila recover for the long term.

"Pronto!" Next week, the 13th Architecture Biennale launches in Venice – and we'll be there at three different venues. Hear a talk by Cameron Sinclair and meet other team members hopping between the Serra dei Giardini's "Better World," the US Pavilion and the [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS exhibition on August 27th & 28th.

Excitement is brewing because our favorite (and very own) humanitarian design conference is just around the corner. We're buttoning down the last panel talking points, arranging Design Open Mic entrants (still accepting if you're interested), and looking for additional sponsorship. See all that Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! has to offer and contact us with questions. We'll see you there!


The Architecture for Humanity Team

San Francisco | Port-au-Prince | Cape Town | Sendai


Midwest Tornadoes Recovery
Design Charrette for Golden Circle Retirement Home last week...pending update from Chicago...

Haiti: Rebuilding Center

The Rebuilding Center presents a Civic Art sneak peek. We couldn't wait for all the installations from the first round of Civc Art grants to go up before blogging the artists and works that have begun to adorn schoolyards across Haiti this summer. These artists worked with $1500 grants to boost the value of educational spaces. Our architects are doing the same. Students Rebuild covered the graduation of Elie Dubois' Class of their new cafeteria. (We met many of the graduating girls at Students Rebuild's Interactive Videoconferences last year.) Meanwhile, Bon Berger Pele's basketball court is "assisting" the completion of its first classroom block.

Africa: Football for Hope
Design Fellows by day, masons by night, Alina Jeronimo and Paulo Fernandes in Mozambique have successfully piloted their compressed earth blocks (CEBs) on a reduced-demand wood-burning
. (We're wondering now how to get their pizza to the San Francisco Bay Area.) The grub comes with a "how to make earth bricks" workshop for local builders, providing skills training on brick production that will support the Manica FFH Centre.

In Botswana, the Ramotswa Centre project celebrated groundbreaking last month. SEDYEA members, Ramotswa city council members, teachers from local schools, the local police and community all gathered to celebrate the start of construction.

Japan: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Rebuilding

The Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center also broke ground last month. There to celebrate in the intimate ceremony were the very honorable owner of the Market, Naomi Sato, the market's architect Fumihiko Sasaki, two Shinto priests, several local contractors and members of the Architecture for Humanity Japan office - Program Manager Shogo and Design Fellows Aki and Toru. Also, Architecture for Humanity Japan is partnering with KMDW (Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop) in Tokyo to construct the community house for people of Maeami-hama using the
innovative building technology.

Venice booth set up

Our newest home is the Venice Architecture Biennale, and then the finalists will start roving from town to town espousing the best ideas for sustainable redevelopment of ex-military bases. The traveling exhibition (and a dreamy publication) need some support. If the cause reaches you, reach right back. Seed the exhibition on Indiegogo.

Prior to Venice, the Finalists and top U.S.-based designs paid a visit to the Association of Defense Communities Annual Conference. This year's theme "Navigating Change" seemed more than fitting for the Challenge's content. We hosted a panel discussion, Re-Envisioning the Post Military Landscape, featuring two top Challenge teams that took the talk of BRAC to another level.


Join our Chicago chapter this month and volunteer your time and expertise. The chapter has several opportunities including a design charrette for a senior citizen center affected by the recent tornado disaster in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Everyone needs shelter! Support the Atlanta chapter by attending their annual auction event. This signature fundraising event will feature yet more amazing birdhouses crafted by some of Atlanta's most talented architects and designers.

Our Toronto chapter will be hosting a Natural Building Workshop with Soma Earth this month. Learn about sustainable building, design practices and construction process.

Lead a service project in your community - all chapter members are invited to submit a school improvement project for USGBC's first Green Apple Day of Service on September 29. Learn more on how you can make a difference in your local school.


San Francisco Operations Director, Web Developer, Program Development Manager, Human Resources Manager, Contracts Manager, Volunteer: Grant Writer, Volunteer: Film Editor
Interested in joining us? See requested materials for all Fall Internship

Port-au-Prince Senior Urban Designer, Senior Architect, Construction Manager, Directeur/Planification et conception, Haiti Team Structural Engineer, Volunteer

Sendai Design Fellow: Business


A huge San Francisco welcome to new volunteers Stefani Tufarelli and Chiara Sciotti from Rome, Italy, Karina Macias from the Bay Area, Alina Donchenko from Ukraine, Nancy Mei from the Bay Area, Allen Lowry from Davis, California, and Li Guan from the Bay Area.

And farewell to Dan Shine and Twyla Parks - we miss you both and appreciate your enduring contributions to the organization. Also, so long to our AWESOME 2012 summer interns who assisted in a variety of ways over the past few months. We're sad to lose them but excited to see them off to other opportunities! They are Mallory Botsford from Rice University, Houston, TX; Kalina Kheirolomoom from Washington University, Saint Louis, MO; Julie Pedtke from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; Cara Williams from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and Orson Rosetto a High School Intern.

On our board, we are thrilled to welcome Clark Manus, CEO of Heller Manus Architects and 87th President of the AIA. We are also excited to call Matt Charney the new board president and appreciate Niama Jacob's huge contribution as past president. Finally, we can't thank Cliff Curry enough for all he has done for our board and organization as a whole over the years. But it's not good-bye - we are looking forward to continuing to collaborate!

If you're looking for a design competition with wide reach and a healthy prize pot, submit to the International Competition for Information Design, hosted by Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and magazine arch+. "Out of Balance – Critique of the Present" competition submissions will be published by the competition's organizers and exhibited in "Haus der Kulturen der Welt," Berlin in Summer 2013. Prize money is 20.000€.


Architecture for Humanity's Weekly Design Open Mic (open house) When: Every Wed., 12-1 pm | Where: 848 Folsom Street, Suite 201, San Francisco

Muji Product Fitness 80 Exhibition When: August 24-30, 2012 | Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA
Special Events: Kate Stohr from Architecture for Humanity will present on August 25.
SHING02 + DJ ICEWATER (Talk Show & Live Concert: $7 advance and $10 at door) on August 30.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012  When: November 12-13, 2012 | Where: Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market Street #200 San Francisco, CA 94105
Register for our 3rd annual humanitarian design conference and earn six AIA continuing education credits. Listen to expert panelists, participate in workshops and present at Design Open Mic!