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On June 19th a ceremony was held to mark the start of the expansion project at the CSI High School in Melrosapurnam. This ceremony (called Bhumi Puja in India) is a traditional ritual of asking mother earth – Bhumi - for her blessings before the start of construction.

Project Architect Poonam Mulchandani relates elements of the Bhumi Puja ceremony, as held for the school.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 25, 2013
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The more Twitter becomes a legitimate and reliable source of news and communication (remember when it was just a "fad"?), the more Architecture for Humanity chapters are able to use it to follow social and design issues in their communities and refer one another to useful news and precedents.

To help you find out what you're local Chapter is up to, we've listed the chapter twitter accounts below.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 25, 2013
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In the month following the devastating F5 tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma, we have mobilized our network to assess the area for prevailing unmet needs. To date, Architecture for Humanity has raised $27,000 to respond to the storm.

All this month, Architecture for Humanity volunteers have been evaluating how our reconstruction services could make the largest impact with funds raised through Rebuild Moore. Discussions are ongoing, working from these assessments, and our prior US disaster experience with Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and last year's tornadoes through Southern Illinois.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 24, 2013
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The Athens and Lisbon chapters are both engaging urban issues this year through community-and-designer conversations.

Greece is facing a peculiar situation of urban flight that Athens Chapter hopes to short circuit. Lisbon chapter has identified holes in the urban fabric of the district of Graça, and is working with several local partners to workshop ideas that form a foundation to an appropriate design response.

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