Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design.
Nov 8, 2012

Haiti Progress -October 2012

At long last.... We are eager to share with you that the classroom building of phase 1 of Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele, Haiti is substantially complete. The school site is located in Simon Pele, on the outskirts Citi Soleil in Haiti, which has bad reputation for violence and high concentration of underpriviledged children. This project location was a challlenge however, we've defeated the odds. (see below)

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Project Status Report

Haiti School Initiative

École Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele - Ph.1  100% CA
École Elie Dubois - Ph.1A 90%CA- Ph.1B 100%CD , Ph.1C 15% DD Ph.2 60% CD
College Coeur Immacule de Marie (CIM) - Ph.1 2% CA,  Ph 2 25%SD, Ph.3 10% SD
École Argentine -  Ph.1 2%CA, Ph.2 10% SD
Haiti Partners Children's Academy (BAR Architects) - Ph.1  65% CA

Haiti Design Consultancy

Santo Community Development Plan - Ph.4 CD 100% Mme Joa Clinic - CA 98%
Villa Rosa and Saint Marie Community Action Plan  Ph.3 & Ph.4 98% Community Infrastructure CA 100%

 

CA Construction Administration; CD Construction Documents; DD Design Development; SD Schematic Design; PD Pre-Design - About the Phases

Nov 7, 2012

Special Update: Limited time to double donations!

Hello!

The Japan Matching Campaign ends in just a few short days!  Please help us by donating now to double your donation in helping Architecture for Humanity with our efforts to Build Back Better Tohoku!

Again, all donations will be doubled (matched 100% by Global Giving) until November 15 11:59pm EST or until matching funds run out.  This means that if you donate $25, another $25 will donated to us by Global Giving.  Please take this special opportunity to double your impact during this limited time!

Please also help us spread the word - tell your friends, family, and colleagues, make phone calls, send emails, post on facebook, tweet on twitter, etc.  Here are some sample tweets:

  • Donations DOUBLED (matched 100%) for a limited time! Help @archforhumanity #BuildBackBetter #Tohoku by donating today! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/
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You can share it in a fun way too!  One idea is to host a donation dinner party, where you have a computer set up to have friends give donations on the spot!

Any amount is greatly appreciated, as it helps us ensure that we continue helping Tohoku Build Back Better.

kitakami ridgepole raising ceremony   maeamihama foundation prep   banya near completion

Because Architecture for Humanity is often one of the last responders in the event of a disaster, our activities are now ramping up!

With your generous support, we have been able to work on a number of projects in the Tohoku region.  These have been specifically focused in the areas of Economic Development, Access to Sports, and Education and Welfare. To date, we have designed and constructed 7 projects, are currently constructing 3 more (check our here for more info), and have many more to come!  Recent updates on current projects include:

We are also very excited to announce that we will open our first regional office in Japan in just two weeks; a business support center for affected small and medium enterprises to aid in the development of a new and sustainable economic system in the Tohoku region.  Please follow our updates, posted on our Architecture for Humanity Tohoku page.

These projects would not have been possible without your generous donation.  We would like to sincerely thank you again.

We cannot stress enough how much your donations mean to our program and hope for your continued interest and support!

 

Best Regards,
Architecture for Humanity 

Nov 7, 2012

Welcoming our newly established Manila Chapter

We are excited to announce our newly established Manila chapter launching on November 12!

The chapter was established in response to our Philippines Floods Response in August, following Tropical Storm Haikui. This tropical storm brought two days of heavy rains, causing massive flooding and landslides throughout the capital city of Manila. Manila recorded nearly 30 inches of rain between August 7-8, and over 80% of the city was inundated. Over 800,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 250,000 people were moved into emergency shelters.

Since this area is very prone to disasters, the chapter will be focusing on disaster resiliency and reconstruction projects, providing communities with the skills and training needed to mitigate the impact of future flooding. Due to its location along the typhoon belt, the Philippines experience have about eight or nine torrential rains and thunderstorms making landfall each year. Most recently, Hurricane Son-Tinh hit on October 26, killing 27, injuring 19, and leaving 9 missing (as of October 31). It is estimated that 2 million people live in informal settlements in high risk areas along river beds that are prone to flooding. Basic investments in the built environment could prevent this disaster from occurring again.

This chapter was established by Illac Diaz, who worked with us previously on the Bottle School project after Typhoon Ketsana in 2009. He is a proud winner of the 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize - an annual prize awarded to designs that improve people's lives and the state of the world, for his Liter of Light project, which brings eco-friendly bottle light to communities living without electricity. We're happy to have him on board.

With two potential projects already on their way, we're excited to see their work!

There's still much work to be done in this region. Please support the Manila chapter by directing donations here.

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