• by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 19, 2012
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Last Wednesday the New York Chapter volunteer squad held their first field orientation and assembled teams to go out to Breezy Point, Coney Island, Sea Gate, Tottenville, and Hoboken to begin assessing needs and collecting stories about each community over the weekend - the full report of observations after the break.

The effort marks only the start of AFHNY's work with communities affected by Sandy. The Chapter will hold its second orientation and team building the week after Thanksgiving. The time and location information will be posted to the Chapter Network in the coming days and will be sent out via email for those who have signed up.

Volunteers who have a vehicle and can drive to some of the more remote areas are vital to our efforts. When you RSVP for an orientation, please let us know if you are willing to provide transportation for you team and your neighborhood of origin.

Thank you to everyone who attended Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012 to ensure it was our most successful humanitarian design forum yet. We could not have done it without our generous sponsors, volunteers and supporters.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 12, 2012
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  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 11, 2012
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Last week the Disaster Team and New York City Chapter toured nearly 140 miles of the New Jersey and New York coastlines to get a firsthand sense of the damage wrought late last month by Hurricane Sandy, and assessing the highest priorities in long-term reconstruction.

The overall impression: recovery will be complex. Damage along the coast is pocketed, with separate conditions from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even house to house. This condition sets the Eastern Seaboard apart from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which was vast and total.

Working class communities were the hardest hit, and will have the most trouble recovering. The Wall Street Journal reports that, with a couple exceptions, at least half of damaged residences in most towns are uninsured against floods, and only 1% of damaged homes in New York are insured against flood damage.

This update highlights four different circumstances of damage that last week's tour helped uncover.