December 2013 Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update

December 2013 Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Dec 30, 2013
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As 2013 comes to a close, the Sandy Team participates in the joy of the season with kick-off design meetings and a very special delivery from Santa himself to our friends in Little Ferry. Happy Holidays, we look forward to a fruitful and exciting 2014! Best wishes from the Sandy Team!

In this update:

SpotlightLittle Ferry Santa ReNew Schools: A Special Delivery leaves Happy Hearts at Washington School On the day before the holiday break the Washington School's Pre-K, Kindergarten and first graders had a very special visit from a jolly ol' saint. The event was a collaboration between longtime parters Architecture for Humanity and the Happy Hearts Fund. Thanks to everyone for this happy holiday surprise. Read and see event photos here. Brian Baer, Program Coordinator for the ReNew program, had his hands full with more than just presents for the kids. December was a design kick-off month for Washington School. Thanks to our design partner, Arcari + Iovino, who is leading the charge.

New York team at DLYGAD Live!Events: Rachel Minnery represents Women in Architecture Heather McKinstry of the NY offices of Arup organized a Women in Architecture meet up, which the offices generously hosted. Heather is no stranger to non-profit design as she is the co-founder of Sprout Farms. By establishing educational spaces on school grounds for students to learn about food systems, Sprout Farms empowers city youth to pursue careers in farming, sustainability and food justice. The Women in Architecture event featured Rachel Minnery, Regional Program Manager for the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Program. When asked about her experiences as co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle and her experiences post-Hurricane Katrina, she said: "I have a better understanding of the complex and technical issues that occur in between the phases of recovery, and this understanding allows me to better navigate with partners and collaborators to approach the recovery process to achieve holistic results." 16 architects, engineers and planners attended the event. Attendees were interested in learning about the depth of thought our team has put into the resilient reconstruction process occurring post Sandy, they also raised more general questions about our disaster reconstruction work and organizational work as a whole. Speaking engagements such as these provide the opportunity for us to not only share our work, but to inspire others to become more active in their communities. This month, Rachel also presented at the Public Interest Design Institute in Raleigh, NC where she provided an overview of the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program. Look forward for more speaking engagements in 2014!

help deskWatch footage from the Sandy Design Help Desk As you may recall, between October 7-12, Architecture for Humanity partnered up with Enterprise Community Partners Inc., Pratt Center for Community Development and Margert Community Corporation, to host the Sandy Design Help Desk to benefit NYC area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. This help desk provided free design and technical consultation from industry professionals to aid in the rebuilding process. Over 30 families and business owners benefited from the free design consultations of 25 generous volunteers (report found here). Volunteer film makers, Shannon Romines and Inaya Garciana Yusu kindly volunteered their time and expertise to document the pilot project. Take a look at their wonderful film!

updatesOn the Ground: Projects in progressProgram Milestones to Come Keep track of our projects on the Hurricane Sandy program page on the Open Architecture Network. In Progress:

Welcome Jessica, the newest addition to our Sandy Team Jessica Terdeman joined us as a full-time volunteer at the end of October, after her stint with us as an outstanding volunteer (4 days, 8 shifts) at the Sandy Design Help Desk. She has a strong background in architecture in the NYC region, and has already been a huge asset to the team. Great to have you on board, Jessica!

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