Posted by Sarah Bush Brady on Sep 2, 2011
Related program: Design Open Mic
This past Wednesday, August 31st, we heard some very exciting updates from a few of Architecture for Humanity's very own.
Preeti Sodhi, Design Fellow with Architecture for Humanity, started things off at our Design Open Mic session with an update about the improvements being made to the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark.
The Manhattan Bridge Skatepark is one of the most popular skate spots in New York City, if not the world; however, it is in desperate need of a redesign and reconstruction. Located within a diverse community at the intersection of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the skatepark provides a much needed place for recreation in a neighborhood with little green or open space.
Architecture for Humanity launched a Request for Proposals in August, inviting all to submit their "master plans" for the skatepark, and the September 5th submission deadline is just around the corner. Check out the video below to hear Steve Rodriguez of 5Boro Skateboards, talk about his vision for the skatepark.
Second up, T. Luke Young, Program Coordinator with Architecture for Humanity, went over some design concepts that were submitted for the purpose of branding and identifying this year's Open Architecture Network Challenge. Many thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for news on which design makes the cut and also for the official launch of this year's competition!
Finally, to wrap things up, Frederika Zipp, Chapters Coordinator with Architecture for Humanity, reviewed the Chapter Microgrant submissions from August. As always, there were many great proposals, but only one winner. Congratulations to the Sioux Falls Chapter for winning the August microgrant. Best of luck to you on the construction of your Prototype Community Garden Shelter. We're all looking forward to seeing the proposals for September.
Our potluck Design Open Mic series is open to the public and runs every Wednesday, from 12-1PM, at our SF HQ located at 848 Folsom Street / Suite 201, SF, CA.