• by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jan 16, 2013
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(Further coverage by FastCo.DESIGN)

One of our favorite "+" firms, Perkins+Will, announced last week the completion of a new kind of classroom.

The Sprout Space, formerly the PeaPod, was conceived in response to the 2009 Classroom Challenge hosted by Architecture for Humanity and the Open Architecture Network. Meeting criteria in sustainability and innovation, the design won the design competition's Relocatable Classroom Design category.

In other words, the category called for a 21st Century response to the ubiquitous and and underdesigned modular classroom unit. The Sprout Space is an affordable environmental response, designed "from the inside out."

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jan 12, 2013
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Bati Byen: Rebuilding in Haiti 2012 Year in Review

“Where would we be without you!?! The expertise you've provided and the partners you've connected us to have fueled our vision.”
- John Engle, Co-Director, Haiti Partners

“I admire the participatory and collaborative method of Architecture for Humanity. It’s an approach that has impressed a lot of people. We have faith that the project will come off properly.”
- Will Civil, member of Komite Humanitaire de Villa Rosa and resident of Morne Rosa

"Among our students, some may become lawyers, other doctors or architects to help this country, and the first step is this school."
- Wilson d'Or, Headmaster, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis

Our third annual update on our long-term post disaster work in Haiti finds the Rebuilding Center continuing its holistic strategy to rebuild buildings, neighborhoods, industries and economies.

A competition to redesign what is perhaps Haiti's most iconic building has cultivated a rich variety of large-scale climate and culture sensitive concepts from across the world. This week the results were announced and the fate of Notre Dame de l'Assomption in Port-au-Prince seems to be sealed.

The Architecture for Humanity Haiti office joined their upstairs neighbors (and periodic collaborators) YCF Group and Italian architecture firm ACRA CONSULTING to submit their vision last month. Although it did not win, their proposal is just too delicious to be kept to a digital drawer.

Haitian news magazine Tele Metropole last month featured the Elie Dubois school, a historic Port-au-Prince campus recovering from the 2010 earthquake. The school's next phase of construction, sponsored in part by Economic and Social Assistance Fund (FAES) and the Interamerican Development Bank (BID), will renew the two-story historic classroom building that dates back to the early 20th Century.