• by Architecture for Humanity
  • Mar 15, 2013
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Responding to a recent visit to Tohoku, and some startling discoveries made there, Reconstruction & Resiliency team Program Manager Michael Steiner asks "What if?" to any region or city vulnerable to natural disaster.

Earlier this month a Manual on buying and selling land in Haiti was published and made available for distribution. The Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Vol. 1 was the result of a year's collaboration between Architecture for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity International, local legal experts, and the Haitian government, it is an accessible manual that Haitians, NGOs and international investors can use to navigate the complex bureaucratic legal system and secure property - a critical first step to permanent reconstruction.

Read all about the Property Law Working Group in last year's interview with Design Fellow Frederique Siegel.

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On February 24th, the high-in-the-hills Children's Academy and Learning Center, a collaboration of Architecture for Humanity, BAR Architects in San Francisco and community organization Haiti Partners, celebrated the opening of its first school building.

"Over 1000 people attended, including a great many of the partners who have made the Children’s Academy possible," the Haiti Parners blog recounts. "Speeches were made, awards were given out, the WOZO choir sang, there was dancing," including a special Gagnam style demonstration from the community partner (not pictured).

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Mar 12, 2013
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Exactly two years have passed since the unforgettable catastrophe struck Tohoku and took away thousands of lives. We would like to send our condolences to all those affected, and those who are still waiting for their loved ones to be identified.

To commemorate this day, the Ishinomaki office held an event showcasing housing - a continuing issue for those who have lost their homes to the tsunami. We invited four architects from the "Wooden House Network (Mori-no-iezukuri-network") in Tohoku to present affordable ecological housing to override the preconception that architect-designed homes are more expensive and complicated to build than those produced by corporate housing manufacturers.