September was a busy month for the Sandy Team and we are delighted to share several exciting events and opportunities that will assist NY and NJ residents that strive to rebuild their communities.
After months of planning, the Sandy Design Help Desk reaches the Far Rockaway! Along with partners, Enterprise Community Partners Inc., Pratt Center and Margert Community Corporation, Architecture for Humanity will host a Sandy Design Help Desk to benefit NYC area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Sandy Design Help Desk will provide free design and technical consultation from industry professionals to aid in the rebuilding process. Visit us from October 7 to 12 at 323 Beach 32nd Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. See here to learn more.
Join Rachel Minnery, our Regional Program Manager, on October 14 for an evening symposium titled, The Design Community's Response + Strategies for Resilience. This symposium will showcase design professionals, academics and not-for-profit strategists in a panel discussion over community response and strategies for resiliency stemming from Hurricane Sandy. Our Regional Program Coordinator, Brian will be introducing the speakers, who will each discuss their organization's response for the first six months after the storm, followed by their organization's strategy for resiliency as it relates to the communities they serve. Architecture for Humanity has organized the event along with AIA New York Chapter Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, and the symposium's hosts, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union. The symposium is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
Restore The Shore - Events Center and Boardwalk Plans Remain on Schedule After Devastating Fire On September 12, the residents of Seaside Heights, New Jersey were affected by a devastating fire that destroyed the southern end of the newly rebuilt boardwalk. The Borough of Seaside Heights is determined to move forward with the design and planning of the new events center near Blaine Ave on the boardwalk. Residents will gather on October 29 to envision their new events center at a community design workshop led by our Sandy team and project partners.
ReNew Schools - NJ School Children Will Receive Athletic Fields Along with Nike USA, we are working to bring fun pinnacle expressions of sport to students affected by Hurricane Sandy. On October 30 and November 6 we will host community workshops for the school districts of Tom's River and Little Ferry, respectively. We are also working with the Union Beach school district on the repair of its outdoor facilities. You may remember from our last update, our work with three schools in New York City. We are very grateful to our partners at Perkins + Will and Andrew Franz Architects for their time and energy spent on the designs for Surfside School, Bay Academy and Beach Channel High School. After preliminary design and investigation, the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) who typically manages its own design and construction activities expressed a preference to self-execute the repairs to the schools, which had been the subject of our team's efforts. To avoid overlap in capability, Architecture for Humanity is now focusing the program's efforts in New Jersey, where the school districts are typically smaller and less well funded.
Interested in getting involved? The NY Team is always looking for qualified interns to volunteer in our office. Contact us below and let us know if you're interested in applying your architecture and design skills towards making a difference in the lives of communities throughout NJ and NY.
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The Green Schools Investment Guide (aka the Toolkit) is getting ready for Greenbuild 2013 Philadelphia where Architecture for Humanity will, in collaboration with the USGBC's Center for Green Schools, lead a charrette-style workshop that introduces the Toolkit and provides working tips for key members of the school community to guide school building investment decisions on their own school turf.
During this session, participants can expect to gain an introduction and insight into innovative ways to:
This guide marks the first collaborative product between Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Fundamentally, our vision is simple: to make sure every kid in the United States attends a healthy and inspiring school. Our organizations are working together to create and apply easy-to-use resources that help communities to find ‘right-sized’ investment strategies to transform their schools into clean, safe and resource efficient learning environments.
Summer has arrived! The rainy season has passed, and temperatures have soared up in cities throughout Japan. These extreme temperatures, combined with high humidity, bring with them dangers such as heat strokes. As the heat continues over the next few weeks, we hope everyone remembers to stay hydrated and well!
Many projects and programs are making strides at our MakiBiz office. We are excited to begin supporting the eight businesses that were carefully selected through the RFP program, and these will be moving forward quickly over the coming months. In Kamaishi, an insightful community engagement workshop was recently held for the Kamaishi Park for All project, and the design continues to be refined with community input. Additionally, we have been providing consultation services as always, and round two of business seminars have been taking place at MakiBiz. Find out more below.
High temperatures will continue over the following weeks. Please take care of your health.
Park for All in Kamaishi - 75% SD/DD
Shizugawa Fishermen's Workspace "Banya" - Completed Feb/2013Maeami-hama Community House - Completed Feb/2013Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center - Completed Dec/2012 Akahama Covered Alley- Completed Jul/2012 Oshika House - Women's Collaborative- Completed Jul/2012 Paper Crane Sculpture - Completed Jan/2012 Shizugawa Judo Juku - Completed Dec/2011 Ohya Green Sports Park - Completed Dec/2011 Hikado Marketplace - Completed Jul/2011
CA Construction Administration ; CD Construction Documents ; DD Design Development ; SD Schematic Design ; PD Pre-Design - About the Phases