Rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina

It's been more than one year after the storm, and families have begun to rebuild. Architecture for Humanity is sponsoring and supporting a number of projects across the Gulf Coast, from pairing architects with community groups and families to supporting the work of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.


To help mark the progress made in bringing families home to Biloxi, Architecture for Humanity also partnered with the Biloxi Relief, Recovery and Revitalization Center, the Salvation Army and a number of volunteer groups working in the area to host a House Tour and Design Fair. View photographs

The fair launched the start of the Biloxi Model Home program, a pilot program to provide design services and financial assistance for the construction of a number of new homes for families in East Biloxi whose houses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. As a result six nationally recognized design firms have been paired up with families to build a new home for them. Construction of these homes will begin this month. View Model Home Designs and Design Teams

Project Update: The dedication of The Parker Residence by Brett Zamore Design was held on June 20, 2007. Click here for the story at

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Challenge News
AMD Sponsors Open Architecture Challenge
"...a new $250,000 prize challenge that calls on architecture firms to design a computer lab for use in developing nations around the world." read more

Architecture Goes Open Source
"Its $250,000 purse, among the largest offered for architecture, will be awarded to the best design for a computer lab that will be built as part of the 50x15 Initiative." read more

The AMD Open Architecture Challenge

The AMD Open Architecture Challenge reaches beyond the traditional bounds of architecture by challenging architects and designers to partner with community groups and develop innovative solutions to improve living conditions in the developing world. Sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as an extension of their 50x15 Initiative, each year the challenge will tackle a different systemic issue faced by the 50 percent of the world’s population that is living on less than $2 a day.

The AMD Open Architecture Challenge is unique in a number of ways. It is:

A way to engage partners beyond the field of architecture to address systemic problems through sustainable design and development;

The opportunity to gain field experience beyond the drafting table as the design is developed and built in partnership with the community;

A design prize dedicated to implementing solutions that improve lives.

Ipuli Center at the Cooper-Hewitt

"The project initiated by Nobel Prize nominee Neema Mgana and designed by [Architecture for Humanity] finalists Nicholas Gilliland and Gaston Tolila of Paris, France... will stand as a testament to what a few people, a vision, a need, and a small amount of money can accomplish."
Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Ipuli Rural Center of Excellence, Tanzania


Within the region of Singida, one of the most underserved and economically isolated areas in Tanzania, lies the rural village of Ipuli. The closest hospital to the village is more than 10 kilometers away and most residents travel on foot through rough terrain, including a river stream, to get there. Many, especially women with complicated pregnancies, die on route.

The villagers of Ipuli have donated 10 acres of land in order to build a health clinic and medical training center. From there a concept was devised by Neema Mgana, co-founder of the Africa Youth Regional Initiative, to build a medical center that would provide care for local residents with equipment and technology linking it to other health centers around the world. This would make it the first rural health tele-center in Africa.

Project Update: Construction has begun and the center is scheduled to open early 2007.

Tsunami Reconstruction

On December 26th 2004, a series of earthquakes occurred in the area of the western coast of Indonesia. The two strongest earthquakes caused tsunamis impacting nine countries in the region leaving more than 150,000 dead and a further 4 million were forced from their homes.

Since the disaster Architecture for Humanity has initiated, designed, and built a number of community structures including schools, community halls, medical clinics and livelihood centers. All projects have been designed and developed under the Creative Commons Developing Nations License allowing other NGOs and community groups to replicate and adapt our projects. AFH projects in India are being run by Purnima McCutcheon and in Sri Lanka by Susi Platt.

OAN News

Moderators Needed
Now that the Open Architecture Network is live, we will need dedicated volunteers to help us moderate the site. Interested? Email:

The Open Architecture Network

Architecture for Humanity has built a new space to collaborate online. The Open Architecture Network is a gathering place for community designers and all those interested in improving the built environment. Here designers of all persuasions can post their projects, browse projects posted by others, comment and review projects, discuss relevant topics, collaborate with each other and access project management tools to support their work.

We encourage your participation. Start a new project or comment on existing ones each idea can foster sustainable, replicable, adaptable and scalable design solutions. We also welcome your feedback; let us know how you as a user would prioritize what you see on the network in the coming months. Contact:


Design Like You Give a Damn
Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

This publication is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. Bringing the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation. Featured projects include some sponsored by Architecture for Humanity as well as many others undertaken independently, often against great odds.

Published by Metropolis Books and Thames and Hudson in June 2006, proceeds from the sale of this book will support the work of Architecture for Humanity.

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Where is Cameron?

Events and Exhibitions
  August 22nd, 2007
Neocon Xpress
Los Angeles, CA
  September 13th, 2007
Idea Festival
Louisville, KY
  September 20th, 2007
West Coast Green Residential Building Conference
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
  October 10th, 2007
Rice Design Alliance
Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
  October 11th, 2007
AIA NY Heritage Ball
New York, NY
  November 7th, 2007
Greenbuild 2007
Chicago, IL
  September 6th to November 9th, 2007
Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery,
Center for Visual Art
Denver, CO
  October 13th, 2007 to January 19th, 2008
Architecture for Humanity, The Sheldon Art Galleries
St. Louis, MO

About Architecture for Humanity

About Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need. For more information about our organization and our work, click on the links below.

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Local groups

Over the last three years volunteer led groups have sprung up to get involved in local issues. Hundreds of volunteer designers meet every month to collaborate on projects in their neighborhoods. Groups are in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chattanooga, Dublin, Fargo, Houston, Iowa, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Myspace, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Sydney, Tampa, Torino, Toronto, and Washington DC.



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