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  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 19, 2012
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Yesterday, promptly at 10:18 our office manager drilled us on emergency procedure for earthquakes, as part of nationwide Great Shakeout. The office was prepared–in part due to Jason's reminder orientation of emergency kits, routes and off-site meeting area. The procedure's changed since the last time we ran it six months ago–in part because our previous meet-up parking lot is now a condo construction site. Hey, in SOMA, you have to be prepared for everything.

Our Shakeout drill was planned by our Resiliency and Recovery Studio. We're thrilled that this drill dovetails so easily with the grant work being done via ArchitectsRebuild.org, and hope to get similar updates soon from the Grantees. Photos after the break.

Land title and land tenure. Believe it or not, it’s this battle that’s dictating the pace of reconstruction in Haiti–and the issue is hairy. I mean, technical. Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow Frederique “Rickie” Siegel fell into a working group last year bent on addressing the bottleneck on permanent development throughout the country following (but not due to) the 2010 earthquake. Headquarters had an extended conversation with Rickie that, however tempted we are to edit down for running “a bit long,” remains unabridged–with hopes it provides a comprehensive explanation of what it’s going to take to turn the issues of “who owns what where” in Haiti into an accessible system from which permanent construction on “untenable” property can be legally defended. If you can get through it, you'll be eternally rewarded.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 12, 2012
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Yesterday was Day of the Girl, and we thought it apt to feature solution-finding work done by a group of students from the girls' school Coeur Immacule de Marie (CIM) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their workshop last July (a similar one was held for their teachers) helped inform what their main priorities are for their new school design by Architecture for Humanity. Although CIM isn't a Students Rebuild project, we thought this news exciting to share–and show how student work is helping define a better, more sustainable future for this learning community.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 11, 2012
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Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre was officially inaugurated on October 4th by the Rwandan Minister of Sports and Culture, Mitali Protaiswith with a ribbon cutting and place unveiling ceremony. Several local representatives were present, with some of FIFA and streefootballworld leaders and our former Design Fellow Killian Doherty representing Architecture for Humanity.

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