4 awards and a Santa Suit
It's been a fun few weeks for us at Architecture for Humanity. We have had the privilege of receiving two Honorable Mentions from Public Interest Design Global, in recognition of the Manica Football for Hope Center in Mozambique and the Kitakami "We are One" Market and Youth Center. The San Francisco Chapter Burrows St Pocket Park received a local Neighborhood Empowerment Network award for Best Green Community Project, and our home on Minna St. received a LEED Gold certification thanks to the in-kind services of EBS Consultants. Last, but certainly not least, Brian Baer of our Sandy Reconstruction team donned a Santa Suit for our wonderful little clients at Littler Ferry School in New Jersey Humanitarian Santa. We get really excited to receive awards, honorable mentions, accommodations, high fives and thumbs up. After spending what could be years collaborating with a team spread across the globe it's a real treat to connect everyone around the good news. The best part of receiving awards at Architecture for Humanity is the immediate shared joy and often too bashful response of saying it was all someone else's effort that made the project possible. These projects have a special place in our hearts so we have already reported a lot about them this past year, please find more detailed information about each one on their respective OAN pages: Manica Football for Hope Center Kitakami "We are One" Market and Youth Center Burrows St. Pocket Park 695 Minna St. Office For a quick recap on the winning projects lets hear from a few people who are very close to the process: "With a complex history of violence and insecurity due to 20 years of civil war, the Manica Football for Hope project in Mozambique offers the local community a new safe place to learn and play while empowering a local organization. This was especially moving in a country where the political body doesn't offer concrete solutions to the marginalized population. The project ended up being much more than just a building. The design developed with the community in a way that allows the structure to fit seamlessly with its environment and respond to the community's specific needs. Construction methods were chosen to enable more job creation and training to bolster economic development and show the population how to use traditional material in a contemporary and sustainable way." -Delphine Luboz - Football for Hope Program Manager Construction workers receiving certification for compressed earth block techniques "We're very honored to receive an honorable mention for the "We Are One" Kitakami project. The owner is now an active member of a community to rebuild their town. The building is used by many people, from kindergarteners to grandmas and grandpas. It's great to see our project becomes a hub of a community that was so devastated by the massive tsunami." -Hiromi Tabei - Japan Rebuilding Program Manager Student Charette in the completed Youth Center (Photo:Karl Johnson) Completed Market and Youth Center (Photo: Michael Steiner) "The Burrows Pocket Park was awarded a grant to transform a blighted dead-end to an activated community space. With the help of Architecture for Humanity and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Portola Neighborhood Association have created a comfortable green space. The success of the project has attracted a thriving local coffeeshop. It has also attracted a private funder to continue the development of the area by adding bike racks, lighting, outdoor furniture and public art, creating outdoor space for Portolans to enjoy." - Jack Tse, Corridor Manager of the Portola Neighborhood Association, San Francisco Tree Planting Day at the Burrows St. Park (Photo: Karl Johnson) And the holiday moment... Santa at Little Ferry School in New Jersey(Photo: Gail Gambarini)
As a legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup, FIFA and streetfootballworld launched the Football for Hope program, with the aim of building 20 centers across Africa. The centers are managed by local NGOs, each having a specific program. All centers address health and education issues using soccer as a tool for development.
Architecture for Humanity is collaborating with local design and construction professionals to reconstruct the northern region of Japan, where the earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, 2011. It has been three years since the disaster, but many communities still need assistance in long-term reconstruction.
In the closing days of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy carved a path through the Caribbean before moving up the Atlantic and turning inland at New Jersey, striking many coastal towns. The storm moved north and created a storm surge that devastated the New York/New Jersey Metro area. The event caused major damage and loss of life.