On October 26, design fellow Toru met with our client, Mr. Sato, and went to the site to check the state of construction. Construction of the roof has been completed, and with only a few minor fixes to make, the project is very near completion!


  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 29, 2012
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October 15, the Kitakami "We Are One" market and youth center celebrated a milestone in construction: the roof laying or "topping out" ceremony. Common to construciton projects, the ceremony brings with it some rituals that have over time become staples amonst the community, and dozens gather to share with the builders and architects a pleasant afternoon. See photos and video brought to us by the Architecture for Humanity Japan team.

The Team's 7-minute video of the day provides a great sense of the people living in Kitakami. Images and screenshots after the break.

On a breezy and cold Sunday morning, Staff from KMDW (Architect of Record), local fishermen, and AFH Design fellows, joined contractors to help prepare and setup the foundation form for the concrete pour.


  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 26, 2012
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We've grown accustomed to very special things coming through our door. Earlier this year we were honored by the near-daily influx of jaw-dropping sketches the I Love Architecture campaign. Further into the summer, an artist approached us to render, in watercolor, a couple of our projects in Kenya. Program manager T. Luke Young (the "." is silent) collaborated with the artist to produce two stunning pieces – that we're aiming to reproduce for living rooms.