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"The median age in Ghana is 21; 40% of the country is under 15." The Mmofra Foundation can readily count off the reasons why creating urban play spaces is so important. The country is rapidly urbanizing, and there are no public spaces for children outside of school grounds. There is no culture of public green space utilization in Accra – whose metropolitan area is home to 2 million people.

"As a result, children create their own play spaces, often in unsafe or unsuitable environments," Mmofra states. What's more, Ghana's education system is based on rote-memorization, leaving "few opportunities for imagination and creativity."

Mmofra's aim is no smaller than changing the paradigm of public space in Ghana.

Last summer the organization invited local and international experts to convene in Accra and charrette a park for the Dzorwulu neighborhood that would become a foundation for recreational reform. Two of our veteran design fellows joined the discussion.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Dec 03, 2012
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(from the desktop of Cameron Sinclair)

Those who have visited our site or been on facebook will know we are one of 25 finalists in the American Giving Awards in the running for $1M of funding.

In order to be eligible for prize money we have to win our category (community builder) and have less than 36 hours to go. I am asking if you could take a few moments out of your day today to help us.

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  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Dec 02, 2012
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Co-founder Cameron Sinclair talking in Amsterdam about the role of Architecture for Humanity and what can design do in communities.

Projects highlighted include the Cape Town Football for Hope Center in South Africa and the Motoyoshi Community Restaurant in rural Japan

被災地のゲームチェンジャーになりませんか?
Building for Tohoku, Are You Game?

ゲームチェンジャー|スポーツ施設のための助成金プログラム

震災は区別も差別もなく様々なものを破壊しました。被災地にもようやく住宅や商店、集会所などが戻ってきましたが、被災地に活気を戻すためにはまだまだ必要なものがたくさんあります。そのなかで震災によりストレスがたまっても発散できるようなグランドや体育館などのスポーツ施設まであまり手が回っていない状況があります。学校の校庭も仮設住宅などで使われていて、特に子供たちが安心して遊べる場が限られているのも現状です。このような状況を打破すべく、アーキテクチャー・フォー・ヒューマニティはナイキとナイキジャパンの協同で被災地におけるスポーツ施設の設計並びに修復、再建のための助成金プログラムを立ち上げました。

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