November 2012: Designed to move

November 2012: Designed to move

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  • Nov 30, 2012
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Games in Lost Heavens (GAMECHANGERS Grantees)

It's been a busy month. Between a very severe storm, an inspiring design conference, an equally touching telethon and a Giving Awards nomination, Headquarters has been working hard to make sure each piece gets the attention it deserves. That means we're asking a bit more from our fans to help us, in some simple ways.

We're very honored to be one of 25 nonprofits nominated for next month's American Giving Awards. Finalists will split $2M in grants to pursue a program of their choice, giving us an opportunity to address a pressing American issue: childhood inactivity and obesity.

Designed To Move

You can help us give them five more years by voting for us in the American Giving Awards, via Facebook AND via Chase (TWO VOTES for CHASE members) BEFORE DECEMBER 4. The Awards (and results) will be televised on NBC Sunday December 8. Find out more.

Hurricane Sandy has been at the front of mind for our Reconstruction and Resiliency team. We've spent the weeks following the storm's landfall on the phone and on the ground, forging partnerships and raising awareness, following a long-term reconstruction plan–read more below in Projects.

The third Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! conference was a tremendous success. For those who missed it or want to reminisce, this 3-minute recap takes us back to those electric days of mid-November. Want to dig in? We've also posted the panels. And we're already excited for next year.


Hurricane Sandy Recovery
On-the-ground assessments are ongoing, and we're going to need help. In December we'll need local architecture firms' help assessing NYC school gyms. If you think you can help us, let us know.

Several campaigns are rolling out to ensure that the broad range of damage suffered by Hurricane Sandy last month is addressed–including the Restore the Shore campaign for Seaside Heights, New Jersey and the Rebuild One Block campaign for first responders living in the Rockaways. Several other projects are in development. The response has been tremendous and we're rolling with the momentum provided by so many great sponsors, partners and individual donors that's enabling us to get to work.

Our Reconstruction team has been working with the New York Chapter and local organizations to conduct site visits, talk with residents and chart out the next two years of reconstruction. The Design process will be underway before the New Year as we follow a five-point plan to build back better on the Eastern Seaboard. Contact us for monthly Sandy updates.

Tohoku Rebuilding Program
A new office in Ishinomaki has opened and our staff has already begun economic development for small businesses in the area. The Tohoku Business Lounge "Tobira" began this month a series of business seminars with its partner MAKOTO–and entrepreneurs are thinking big. Meanwhile, the Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center is growing by leaps and bounds (within weeks of its topping out ceremony), and the Shizugawa Oyster Banya is nearly ready for 13 fishermen–complete with furniture, work platforms and rest surfaces designed and built by the Kyoto University of Art & Design (guided by Professor Dajiro Mizuno and Nathaniel Corum). The inventive Maeami Community house may very well have the best Facebook page on the planet.

For montly Japan office updates, submit a request. The Team is looking for one more Business Coordinator to work at the "Tobira"–check out what it takes.

Haiti Rebuilding Center
The two newest school projects are well underway–Argentine, in Bel Air, Port-au-Prince is undergoing a enormous retrofit to preserve undamaged structure, and CIM has started construction. The Civic Arts in Schools program has completed its initial Phase–download an overview.
Also, this week a crew of 14 from the Haiti Rebuilding Center headed over to Léogâne to participate in Habitat for Humanity's  27th Carter Works Program–nearly doubling the size of the Santo development.
An online one-stop disaster resource is in the works - now including efforts of Architecture for Humanity over the past four years, and including the unabridged panel discussion "Key Practices for Success in Disaster Reconstruction" from Design Like You Give a Damn: Live!

Green Schools
Americans agree: our schools should be healthy, high performing and inspiring learning environments, ripe with opportunities for future leaders. Please help us understand where we stand in pursuit of this shared vision by completing this short, ten minute survey on the benefits and barriers to improving K-12 schools.

Football for Hope / FIFA & streetfooballworld
Six Football for Hope Centres are under construction in five countries in Africa. Coordination and weather are ever-challenging factors but our Design Fellows and the crews on site are powering through and getting creative with project awareness. At least two of the centres are due to open this year. Several others are working through tender and contract negotiations before they break ground.

Happy Hearts / SURA Schools
Another school from the Latin American school rebuilding program opened last month in Ica, Peru–a region incapacitated by a 2007 earthquake. The students of Divino Niño Jesus are returning to a spacious, comfortable, verdant and permanent campus out of harm's way after several years studying in temporary classrooms–job well done, team! Also, word has it the kids at nearby Francisco Perez Anampa school, completed last year, has planted a tree and named it Collazos, after our design fellow, Diego, effortlessly landing a spot on our Best Of 2012 list. (We've asked for photos.)


Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown
The teen competition to green schools is still accepting entries. The schedule has been updated as follows:

  • Feb. 1, 2013 - Round 1 closes
  • Feb. 15 - Round 1 winners (8 total) announced
  • Mar. 29 - Round 2 closes
  • April 8 - Round 2 winners (4) announced
  • April 29 - Round 3 closes
  • May 10 - Overall winner announced

Get the low-down and get involved! Register by Feb. 1.


First we'd like to thank the incredible turnout by Chapter members for Design Like You Give a Damn: Live!, the Chapter Forum, and the Design Open Mic - some of whom came away with some very decent Autodesk shwag for their contribution. The exact chapters are too numerous to list here, but rest assured we've taken just as much away from your attendance as we move forward in collaboration.

Welcome to our newest chapters:

Houston, Texas, USA - Robin Lourie and Emmanuel Oni, Chapter Leaders
Manila, The Philippines - Launched November 12, with funding from the Philippines Flood Response raised this fall, to develop sustainable projects for the islands.

We can't wait to see what these guys have in store.

There are also several new chapters forming around the globe:

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • San Diego, USA
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sydney, Australia

If you're located in any of these areas and would like to get involved, please email for more information.


San Francisco Development Director, Web Developer,
Program Development Manager, Human Resources Manager,
Volunteer: Program Intern, Volunteer: Graphic Designer, href="" target="_blank">Volunteer: Film Editor

Port-au-Prince Senior Urban Designer, Senior Architect, href="" target="_blank">Structural Engineer

Ishinomakiビジネス・コーディネーター、日本, target="_blank">デザインフェロー(建築)、日本, Design Fellow (Architecture)

Africa Design Fellow (Zimbabwe), target="_blank">Design Fellow (French-speaking)



Big welcome to Dana Hymel who has started at Headquarters as our Campaign Manager. Dana, who previously volunteered at Headquarters, brings a background in business development, marketing and finance, as well as volunteer experience on community projects in Latin America.

Farewell and THANK YOU to the following volunteers: Johanne Vestergaard, from Stockholm, who worked on the Open Architecture Challenge and Enel Cuore; and Camille Popp, from the UK, who worked on the armada of Football for Hope models.

A special thank you to the DLYGAD Live HQ Volunteers who provided a great deal of support to the conference. Without them, it wouldn't have been such a success!! Mallory Botsford, Special Events Summer Intern; Elisha Cohen, Coordinator of Design Open Mic; Nicholas Earle, Marketing, PR and Graphics; Garrett Jacobs, Volunteer Manager and Logistics; Deborah Knuckey, Marketing and PR; Karina Macias, Special Events Fall Intern.

And special thanks to all the attendees and generous sponsors of DLYGAD:LIVE! The conference could not have been such a success without you:

Autodesk • Surdna Foundation • Arup • Delta Faucets • TRI Commercial Real Estate • BAR Architects • LEF Foundation • Students Rebuild • AIA • USGBC Northern California • Dwell • AIA San Francisco • Dining By Design • Absolut • Trefethen Family Vinyards • Kashi • Lagunitas • Speakeasy • BiRite • Harley Farms Goat Dairy • Alter Eco • Staples • 'witchcraft • Dassai Sake • and AV Media!


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

American Giving Awards Voting Period When: November 27 - December 4 | Where: Online: Chase and Facebook

Fashion Girls for Humanity Sale, featuring over 100 designers donating proceeds to Sandy Reconstruction When: December 14-15 | Where: Los Angeles

What Do You See? When: Now - December 31, 2012 | Where: Your Own Backyard. Send us an image or a sketch of a place in your neighborhood where you see potential to build

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