The initial applications for the GAME ON? Haiti Sports Micro Venture Fund have been reviewed and while site visits are ongoing the RFP has been reopened. The new deadline for submissions is May 23, 2011. Apply today!
The Fund is a partnership between Architecture for Humanity and Nike Inc. In the past 24 months the program has funded innovative projects in Afghanistan (Skate), Brazil (Football/Soccer), Kenya (Basketball) and the United States (American Football).
Kick4Life, the centre host, has moved into the new Football for Hope Centre in Lesotho. While there are still a few minor touches to finish up on the interior and exterior of the main building, such as connection of the main sewer line, finish work, and kitchen installation, it is almost complete.
We had yet another satisfying and informative Design Open Mic potluck session here at the SF HQ on May 4, 2011.
First up, we had a presentation from Afaan Naqvi, Energy & Resources Engineer with ARUP. Afaan recently spent two months volunteering with the Architecture for Humanity Karachi Chapter to work on rebuild projects in response to the summer 2010 flood. Afaan brought our attention to some of the structural and mechanical problems that were inherent to buildings prior to the flood, and explained how these issues were ameliorated in the reconstruction of stone and brick buildings in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. You can download his presentation and watch highlights in the video clip presented here.
"Wow, we're really up there," Kate Evarts allowed. "This is incredible." The increasingly dramatic view out over the basin of Port-au-Prince below us certainly made up for the painfully rugged road. Nevertheless, John Engle's SUV powered over the yellowish rocks. "I bet you really go through some tires down here," Jeremy Butler-Pinkham, of BAR Architects, added. John replies unflappably that, while they're wearing down, he's had this set of high-end Michelin tires for about 18 months. It's worth the investment.
As part of the Students Rebuild Interactive Videoconference sessions in Port-au-Prince this past week, I took the opportunity to update the students on their respective schools. I spoke with students from Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele, Elie Dubois and simultaneously over a dozen North American classrooms conferencing in for the hour-long discussions on architecture and Haiti's way forward. about design and construction progress, taking the opportunity to present a few images to both the recipients and the funders…none of whom being older than 18.
With excitement rivaling the 1994 World Cup finals, the winner of the Copa Arquitectura has been decided. Congratulations to the team from Brazil, Urban Recycle Architecture Studio, who is taking home the Copa: $2K in cash and a $2K stipend to develop their design while working with local architects, partners and the community to realize a new center for Liga FOS in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At 5:00, following another day's work at the Haiti Rebuilding Center, a contingent of six 2nd year graduate students from the University of Minnesota assembled the entire office for what was to be an impressive and thoughtful final review.
We will be hosting the next traveling installment of Design Open Mic on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 4-5 pm at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, California and we're on the hunt for presenters. Those humanitarian designers, both emerging and established, who are chosen will have the exciting opportunity to take the stage and share their ideas to a design-centric audience.
When severe weather strikes Haiti, an enormous reporting mechanism is launched by the various NGO's operating in the affected area. Reports are consolidated by bodies such as the International Orgianzation of Migration and distributed to members of the United Nations various cluster groups...including the inbox of our Regional Program Manager, Eric Cesal.
Even though Architecture for Humanity is not generally involved with immediate relief efforts, it's important to remember the fragile situation a lot of Haitian lives still occupy–and assess whether our relief assistance is in fact needed, as we've been known to respond in the past.