How can designers offer youth a chance to participate in community change? In what ways can youth contribute, and what is the potential impact?

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Aug 22, 2012
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On August 7, the Association of Defense Communities Annual Conference in Monterey was buzzing with conversation and questions about future phases of the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Dozens of American military bases hang on a determination from Congress whether or not to shut down–decisions that will affect the lives of tens of thousands of servicemen and women, and the neighboring communities supporting them.

Architecture for Humanity has joined the conversation.

Call them a "Haitian artist collective." Twenty creatives have been invited through an RFP to design, build and install Civic Art in Schools through microgrants sponsored by the Digicel Foundation and Deutsche Bank.

The Grant program, launched last Summer, engaged local Haitian artists with various schools around the country. A year later, nine schools have become the recipients of art pieces developed by artists in collaboration with the students of the school. They're not all installed yet, but we couldn't contain ourselves to show off the work accomplished to date. The past few weeks have been a flurry of putting wrapped sculptures in truck beds and driving them from artist studios to school courtyards in Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Ceverine, Croix des Bouquets and elsewhere.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Aug 17, 2012
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Tohoku sees frigid winters that can stop construction, well, cold. It's a reminder to us to adopt the familiar mission to "take full advantage of Summer," in a construction sense. (We'll talk more about winter projects in just a bit.)

The end of July marks the half-way point for the Tohoku construction season, and we figured we could take stock of how our collaborative rebuilding projects are helping the tsunami-stricken region recover. The four featured cast a wide net of methods, materials and the unique conditions demanding their careful consideration.