Posted by Garrett Jacobs on Dec 20, 2013
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It's been a fun few weeks for us at Architecture for Humanity. We have had the privilege of receiving two Honorable Mentions from Public Interest Design Global, in recognition of the Manica Football for Hope Center in Mozambique and the Kitakami "We are One" Market and Youth Center. The San Francisco Chapter Burrows St Pocket Park received a local Neighborhood Empowerment Network award for Best Green Community Project, and our home on Minna St. received a LEED Gold certification thanks to the in-kind services of EBS Consultants. Last, but certainly not least, Brian Baer of our Sandy Reconstruction team donned a Santa Suit for our wonderful little clients at Littler Ferry School in New Jersey Humanitarian Santa.
We get really excited to receive awards, honorable mentions, accommodations, high fives and thumbs up. After spending what could be years collaborating with a team spread across the globe it's a real treat to connect everyone around the good news. The best part of receiving awards at Architecture for Humanity is the immediate shared joy and often too bashful response of saying it was all someone else's effort that made the project possible.
These projects have a special place in our hearts so we have already reported a lot about them this past year, please find more detailed information about each one on their respective OAN pages:
For a quick recap on the winning projects lets hear from a few people who are very close to the process:
"With a complex history of violence and insecurity due to 20 years of civil war, the Manica Football for Hope project in Mozambique offers the local community a new safe place to learn and play while empowering a local organization. This was especially moving in a country where the political body doesn't offer concrete solutions to the marginalized population. The project ended up being much more than just a building. The design developed with the community in a way that allows the structure to fit seamlessly with its environment and respond to the community's specific needs. Construction methods were chosen to enable more job creation and training to bolster economic development and show the population how to use traditional material in a contemporary and sustainable way."
-Delphine Luboz - Football for Hope Program Manager
Construction workers receiving certification for compressed earth block techniques
"We're very honored to receive an honorable mention for the "We Are One" Kitakami project. The owner is now an active member of a community to rebuild their town. The building is used by many people, from kindergarteners to grandmas and grandpas. It's great to see our project becomes a hub of a community that was so devastated by the massive tsunami."
-Hiromi Tabei - Japan Rebuilding Program Manager
Student Charette in the completed Youth Center (Photo:Karl Johnson)
Completed Market and Youth Center (Photo: Michael Steiner)
"The Burrows Pocket Park was awarded a grant to transform a blighted dead-end to an activated community space. With the help of Architecture for Humanity and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Portola Neighborhood Association have created a comfortable green space. The success of the project has attracted a thriving local coffeeshop. It has also attracted a private funder to continue the development of the area by adding bike racks, lighting, outdoor furniture and public art, creating outdoor space for Portolans to enjoy."
- Jack Tse, Corridor Manager of the Portola Neighborhood Association, San Francisco
Tree Planting Day at the Burrows St. Park (Photo: Karl Johnson)
And the holiday moment...
Santa at Little Ferry School in New Jersey(Photo: Gail Gambarini)