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Jan 29, 2014

Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update: January 2014

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Happy New Year! The year starts off with exciting news: our projects are moving along as our design teams race off with many exciting design ideas!

 


Restore the Shore

This month, careful coordination and plenty of meetings left the project team with a host of information to process, decisions to make and many new ideas to share. We began working with the Seaside Heights' future events center manager to refine the program and community needs and are grateful for the insights. The Army Corps of Engineers continue to discuss and plan the coastal sand dunes planned for Seaside Heights and we are evaluating its impact on the design. The design team led by Gensler’s Morristown office is at the drawing board developing schematic design options before the open house event.

The Community Open House will take place on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, Seaside Heights Community Center, 1000 Bay Blvd. The Open House is an opportunity to hear about project updates and developments. Come see preliminary design ideas for the Events Center and have the opportunity to speak with the design team.


ReNew

The design teams for the school projects are working diligently to complete schematic designs. Washington School, Little Ferry will be holding a community open house on February 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm in their Media Center, and Toms River High School North will be holding one in the next few weeks as well. Information to come soon!

 

Support communities who need to rebuild by sharing our message with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your support.

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Jan 29, 2014

Long-Term Recovery Partners in Oklahoma

Photo by Tommy Stewart, June 2013
Photo by Tommy Stewart, June 2013

Architecture for Humanity is excited to announce a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) team, the state of Oklahoma's Office of Emergency Management (OK OEM) and the City of Moore to collaborate in long term reconstruction efforts in the State.

The State of Oklahoma and NDRS invited Architecture for Humanity to participate in the Safe Schools 101 program, working to empower communities with the necessary tools to manage their own recovery. The program seeks to train architects and engineers in assessing school buildings to ensure that their structures include their best available areas of refuge. They will look at opportunities for hardening those areas with the ultimate goal of ensuring they areFEMA 361 / ICC500 compliant safe room designs and construction throughout the state. FEMA team members from various regions of the country have already shown interest in expandingSafe Schools 101program to other states. Sign up for school assessment training here.

This partnership will enable us to support this Safe School 101 initiative, the City of Moore's recovery efforts, and work on statewide resilience initiatives. Architecture for Humanity will provide two design fellow to work with FEMA's Recovery Office in Oklahoma City, to work collaboratively and assist survivors in developing resilient strategies for community planning and home building within these neighborhoods. The design fellow will offer recovery agencies with technical expertise to assist communities and promote regional resilience against future threats.

We greatly look forward to our collaboration and making a difference in Oklahoma!

Do your part!

Apply to be an Oklahoma design fellow and make a difference in people's lives. Come join our team! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

About the position:
Reporting to the Program Manager, the Design Fellow will work with local rebuilding organizations and travel to communities to engage community residents in public workshops. Through engaging with communities, we will work together to identify preparedness needs, available resources, and work to tailor community-specific solutions in vulnerable cities across Oklahoma.

Architecture for Humanity has been the leading nonprofit in providing designing solutions to post-disaster areas on a global scale. These positions present an opportunity to commit to making a positive impact in Oklahoma through the power of design. There is successful growth potential for candidates who are ambitious, entrepreneurial, intrepid and committed.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Jan 16, 2014

Tohoku Reconstruction Update: January 2014

Happy New Year!

We excitedly welcome 2014, the year of the horse!

Cold temperatures fill Japan, and snow has begun to cover the northern landscapes. 2013 was a busy year; we completed the Maeami-hama Community House, Kitakami Market and Youth Center, the Yamayo Suisan and at MakiBiz we held a number of business seminars open to the public and helped many clients through business consultations. We currently have 5 projects under construction plus one more beginning shortly.

In this update:

We look forward to continuing our efforts in supporting Tohoku communities in 2014!

 

Best,
Architecture for Humanity


UPDATES

Yamayo SuisanMakiBiz Request for Proposal Program

The MakiBiz Request for Proposal (RFP) program is supporting the rebuilding of 7 small businesses and entrepreneurs affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

With 4 projects under construction, one more to begin at the end of the month, and 2 already completed we are steadily building momentum. See this update for a summary on where each of the projects stand.

 
We will begin supporting two additional projects this Spring. Look forward to updates to come!


Building nearing completion

The building is now 90% complete! Most of the lighting, plumbing and paint work is done, all that remains is the deck on the first floor, which will be installed in two weeks. Construction work will now focus on the field where netting has already been installed, and drainage will be installed this week.

Look forward to completion of this project soon!



MakiBiz has supported 144 business owners since its office opened in November 2012. Information about our clients along with other MakiBiz updates can be found here.





Architecture for Humanity represented at AIA Japan Annual Event

In November, senior design fellow Aki presented at an annual AIA Japan event held at Daikanyama Hillside Terrace in Tokyo. Here he presented our work, mainly focusing on an overview of our reconstruction and rebuilding efforts worldwide and in Japan. Read more about this event.


EVENTS
Embracing Change: Building Resilience with Communities 
Embracing Change: Building Resilience with Communities

On January 15 and 16, Keio University's International Program for Environmental Innovators (EI) will host their 4th International EI symposium at their Hiyoshi Campus in Yokohama. Organized and led in part by Architecture for Humanity Tokyo Chapter leaders, the event will bring together actors and pioneers carrying out projects directed at building resiliency around the world. The discussions are aimed at inspiring new ideas for how to deal with massive changes, such as climate change, disaster response, social issues and economic transformation.

Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio Director Eric Cesal will be speaking about what the developing world may be able to teach the first world about building resilient communities. Learn more about the event and how to register here!



JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND PROGRAM NEEDS

TOHOKU PROJECT STATUS REPORT

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