• by Architecture for Humanity
  • Dec 05, 2012
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Today, the master of Brazilian Architecture Oscar Niemeyer passed away at 104. Niemeyer, a truly visionary architect, shaped the global design world for nearly a century. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. Know that he has nurtured generations of architects and improved the livelihoods of untold thousands. Niemeyer always repeated that life is more important than architecture… but he never stopped designing. He was one who truly loved architecture and will forever be an inspiration to us all.

Niemeyer leaves us with his words: "We have to dream. If we don’t dream, life just doesn’t happen."


Morreu hoje aos 104 anos de idade Oscar Niemeyer, mestre da arquitetura moderna brasileira. Um verdadeiro visionário, Niemeyer ajudou a definir os parâmetros do design e da arquitetura contemporânea por quase um século. Mandamos as nossas mais sinceras condolências à sua família e amigos. Niemeyer é fonte de eterna inspiração para as novas gerações de arquitetos, e através de seu legado ajudou a melhorar a vida de inúmeras pessoas. Não cansava de repetir que a vida é mais importante que a arquitetura... no entanto, nunca parou de projetar. Melhor pra nós.

"A gente tem é que sonhar, senão as coisas não acontecem". Nós, aqui na Architecture for Humanity, fazemos nossas as suas palavras.

"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