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.
"The thatch guy from the Ceverine project has branched out," Darren Gill tells me. We're talking about a bamboo screen prototype built by the Studio Drum Collaborative that we're thinking about installing at Dignité school. Bamboo's a bit more durable than other grasses, but the theme of weaving stalks through a hidden series of metal bars remains one of Drum's screen's most attractive attributes. Well, that and the panels are just gorgeous.
Architecture for Humanity is constantly keeping itself busy with dozens of ongoing projects around the globe. To keep the team up to date, we spent last week's Design Open Mic to review the progress we've made on some of those projects.
One very exciting update is that the Kimisagara Football for Hope Center in Kigali, Rwanda -- which has been in the works since 2007 -- has finally broken ground after the team over there had to overcome some road bumps along the way. Congratulations to all those working on the Football for Hope Program!
Yesterday, a 9-person team from Architecture for Humanity tackled an initial data recovery of Route de Delmas–a 2-mile corridor between Delmas 32 and Delmas 80. This mission was part of the mapping of six avenues around Port-au-Prince being evaluated for economic improvements. Being by far the largest corridor, Delmas was broken into three segments for teams to conduct mapping–which includes building conditions, sizes and uses, the logging of businesses, road conditions and circulation of people and vehicles.
Congratulations to Happy Hearts Fund, ING and INTEGRA for successfully completing construction of the Francisco Perez Anampa School in Tate, Peru, which will benefit 160 local students. The school was affected by the 2007 earthquake in the Ica region and Architecture for Humanity provided architectural support throughout the construction of the new facility. Recently the community celebrated the completion of the school with a big gathering which featured visitors from several of the joint partners.
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.