Every year Architecture for Humanity staff, design fellows, chapter members and volunteers work on structures that impact the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world. During the first week of May we hold our annual Design Awards night to celebrate and honor the best projects of the year.
click on links in slideshow for more information on each project.
The 2013 Awards include:
Tangible Beauty - A project that creates hidden social impact through a beautiful and well loved solution.
Pragmatic Optimism - A knowledge intense project that re-frames the conversation about design impact.
Best Concept Design - The project in development that excites us most.
Income Generated Project - A project that creates economic sustainability.
Keyword: Resilience. Our greatest challenge moving forward is bringing our international network in touch with the skills and resources they'll need for a sustainable (and resilient) future.
We're taking architecture to the street, the steering committee, the city hall and the capitol – because it will take a range of approaches, skills, and even generations, to see positive change happen where it's most needed. An informed community is one thing - an empowered community is quite another, and we're building tools and networks for whatever interventions are needed to make our built environment worthy of the 21st Century.
Find out how this gets done in this month's newsletter – and Thank You for helping make it all happen.
Ricardo Daza is beyond dedicated to the Bogotá Chapter he himself launched in 2009 with two of his non-architect friends.
In four years the Chapter has helped hundreds of people over a dozen projects - all conducted in their own time after work, with the help of other volunteers and interns. It hasn't been easy, and when life calls, and key members have to pull away, a chapter confronts in another way the issue of sustainability.
Don't miss us this week in both Denver and Los Angeles (but good luck catching us both places)
Conference season has shifted into full gear. We'd like to share a couple opportunities to mingle with professional peers, attend some insightful discussions and get a dose of Architecture for Humanity in-person, at Dwell in Design in Los Angeles (June 21-23) and at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Denver (June 19-22).
We're continuing our partnership with molo design for our conference circuit this year - who are kitting out both the AIA and Dwell in Design trade floor booths as comfortable (and collapsible) places to mingle and trade tales of design and architecture.
Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released “The Green Schools Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces,” a free downloadable resource for K-12 schools and communities that demonstrates how schools can implement healthy and resource-efficient building improvements.
The Green Schools Investment Guide outlines the steps that any school stakeholder – from school administrators and elected officials to staff and students to parents and businesses – can take to transform their local schools. The 70-page, action-oriented resource demonstrates how investments in America’s school buildings can improve student and staff well-being and academic performance, conserve scarce resources and foster thriving and sustainable communities.
In the six months since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, Architecture for Humanity has launched a major disaster response effort focused on the long-term reconstruction of devastated communities. The Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Program is only possible with the on-going support and generosity of our followers, partners, chapter members and global network of architects and designers.