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  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 10, 2013
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How do you connect an entire world of humanitarian designers and architects?

You build a network.

This year's "I Love Architecture" campaign celebrates the incredible people aligning their efforts with the Architecture for Humanity mission and designing like they mean it.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 10, 2013
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Preserving architecture as a profession will mean reversing some disturbing trends.

So says Eric Cesal who, when he's not directing the Resiliency and Reconstruction Studio at Architecture for Humanity, is tracking the value of design and architecture in its use around the world. Little surprise that the two (pre)occupations are related.

After looking at some recession statistics, Eric concluded that the world may view design as not valuable. He has evidence to the contrary, and delivered a talk recently at TEDx Piscataqua River (Portsmouth, NH) reviewing his work since he first addressed the value of architecture in Down Detour Road, through how design decisions have changed the lives of thousands in places like post-earthquake Haiti.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 08, 2013
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Nick Robertson, one of the directors of Architecture for Humanity Portland Chapter, has been involved with Architecture for Humanity for about ten years – and has worked with AFH_pdx (as they're known on Twitter) almost as long as it’s been around. During that time, he’s seen his chapter grow and evolve from a grassroots operation into a fully-fledged chapter. AFH Portland tackles a number of projects relevant to their community, often pairing up with other local residents and organizations to do so. But beyond just managing a wide range of projects, Robertson and his co-directors are working to create a stable future for their chapter.

Robertson recently took the time out of his schedule to speak with us:

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jun 07, 2013
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The students of Santa Elena de Piedritas get to know the design for their future school, at a scale of 1-50!

While construction is on the verge of breaking ground, children from this school in the rural town of Talara, Peru, have been busy for the past five weeks making a scale architectural model of the project. The design was developed by Peruvian architects Taller Cotidano based on extensive community consultation, and at this stage the students are rendering the designs to get familiar with the project, feel comfortable with it and make the most of the new facilities.

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