News: A New Year Renewing Communities

News: A New Year Renewing Communities

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jan 28, 2013
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We Think You Should See This: Reaching out to the mountains, the Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre rafters were placed last month
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A new year renewing communities. After winter breaks in Africa and Haiti, projects like the Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre for the South African Red Cross Society resume construction. Now several weeks into the new year the feed of progress pics are being refreshed by our field professionals, the Design Fellows.

We're very hopeful that 2013 will be another strong year for building spaces & connecting people that make a difference. Our resolutions include larger coverage of humanitarian design practice, broader collaboration with our chapter network, and a more accessible experience for fans following or entering the world of designing like they give a damn.

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Students mug from the newly-opened school balcony

SEEDocs: Maria Auxiliadora School (9:26)
Happy Hearts program design fellow Diego Collazos and client Doris Floria Rosas Hernandez share a story of rebuilding in Peru
by SEEDocs
Community engagement becomes an opportunity to teach and include all ages & genders in construction

Afghan refugee housing assembly (2:12)
Tehran-based Rai Studio presents a two week construction time-lapse of earth-based housing prototypes for Afghan refugees in central Iran
by Rai Studio

Project Milestones

Click here for details for greening your school Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown, United States

The deadline to enter the design contest to green your school is fast approaching. Tell every teen you see this week to get their concepts entered by February 1st. Then the showdown begins.

Partners pose in front of the newly complete (and gorgeous) Kitakami Market. Tohoku Rebuilding, Japan

The Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center passed final inspection Christmas Day. The market opened January 23 and the youth center is quickly filling with scheduled after-school programs, English classes and architectural consultation.

New York chapter member interviews resident of Tottenville, damaged by Superstorm Sandy Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction, New York/New Jersey

December and January the New York chapter visted over a dozen neighborhoods stricken by Superstorm Sandy, assessing needs, collecting stories and building map resources for nonprofits. Progress is also being made in Seaside Heights, on the NY/NJ schools program, and Rebuild One Block in Far Rockaway.

The makings of a CEB arch in Mozamb(r)ique Manica Football for Hope Centre, Mozambique

With months of training, compressing and testing earth blocks, the crew at Manica are now well underway on their Football for Hope Centre, number 12 of 20, exploring a new materials market for the region, and helping local org GSM with their mission of reconciliation among Mozambican youth.

Color your court: Design enables communities like Villa Rosa to make real neighborhood improvements Rebuilding Center Year In Review, Haiti

On January 12, the Rebuilding Center observed the three year anniversary of the country's devastating earthquake. The third Bati Byen year in review reflects on progress made in a holistic, long-term and grassroots nationwide recovery. The Villa Rosa basketball court is one such community-driven initiative.

A stirring cathedral design competition reignites conversations to revamp downtown PAP Port-au-Prince cathedral visions, Haiti

Members of the Haiti office collaborated with neighboring design/build office YCF Group SA on the international design competition to re-envision Port-au-Prince's fallen cathedral. Although the design did not win, it and dozens of other entrants have stirred the imaginations of what could anchor the nation's capital. Plus, we're really taken with design our local architects submitted.

Combined bike rack / picnic table / waste storage for food truck park in New Haven PARKfest, Connecticut

Prototyping for the winning entry from the New Haven Chapter's urban park furniture competition is underway. Through the competition and collaboration with the City of New Haven, the local chapter is leading the development of "innovative recreation infrastructure" for Long Wharf Park.


All times local

JAN 30 (San Francisco) HQ Design Open Mic: NeighborlandJAN 31 – FEB 02 (Morgantown, WV) The Building ConferenceFEB 01 (Pétionville) Haiti Rebuilding Center Meet N Greet - 5PMFEB 13 (San Francisco) HQ Design Open Mic: AFH Reconstruction & Resiliency TeamFEB 20 (San Francisco) HQ Design Open Mic: AFH Public Spaces & Infrastructure Team

FEB 22 (Pétionville) Haiti Rebuilding Center Meet N Greet – 5PMFEB 27 – MAR 01 (Sausalito) Design Access SummitMAR 08 (Austin) SXSW feat. Cameron SinclairMAR 19-24 (Minneapolis) Public Interest Design Week

Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

Jobs - Regional Program Manager, New York | Design Fellow - ReNew New Jersey / New York Schools, New Jersey & New York | Design Fellow: Restore the Shore, New Jersey | Development Director, San Francisco | Outreach Coordinator, San Francisco | Web Developer, San Francisco | Design Fellow: Football for Hope, Burundi | ビジネス・コーディネーター, Japan | デザインフェロー(建築) / Design Fellow: Architecture, Japan | Senior Architect, Haiti | Structural Engineer, Haiti

Volunteer Opportunities - Summer 2013 Internships, San Francisco (11 positions available, apply by February 28) | Disaster Program Assistant, San Francisco | Graphic Designer, San Francisco | Film Editor, San Francisco

Other News

From the Haiti office: Farewell and thank you to volunteer Radim Tkadlec. Welcome (back) to Nazanin Mehregan, Sergine Francoeur, Frederique Siegel, and to new faces Annamaria Serra, Marco Duran, Nathalie Jolivert, and Isaac Cherestal.

Headquarters welcomes new volunteer Oliver Killaheene, and congratulates the promotion of Yuko Okamura to Design Fellow, and of Audrey Galo to Program Coordinator! We also welcome Human Resources Manager Kathy Richter and New Program Development Manager for the Reconstruction & Resiliency team, Laura Giannini, who both started this month at HQ. Finally, a fond farewell to Tomika Anderson, woman of many hats that brought our volunteer program to maturity. Thanks so much Tomika, best luck with your new direction and we'll see you at Design Open Mic!