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
The following are highlights of the work by the Haiti Rebuilding Center in the month of July:
• Phase 2 of Argentine School launches • Elie Dubois school works toward its historic renovation and equipment for a new world-class culinary program • Support secured for Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Volume 2 • A look back at the impact of the Economic Development studio
Phase 2 Launches at Argentine School
On July 31, the second of three phases retrofitting and expanding a 2000-student public school in the heart of Port-au-Prince launched. This next step in the project starts after the much delayed closing of an IDP camp on the school's campus. Argentine Phase 1, remediation of the existing one story classroom building, was completed in March 2013; we were able to "co-habitate" with the camp dwellers occupying most of the school yard.
Phase 2 continues rehabilitation of the site, including repair and reconstruction of the perimeter wall, demolition and removal of the remaining damaged buildings, and site cleanup. This work will continue for about six weeks.
We are working with the Organization for International Migration (OIM) to coordinate shared infrastructure with an 80-family housing project under way on the northern portion of the school site.
Phase 3, the "new construction" phase of the school, will follow.
Continuing Support for Ecole Elie Dubois
Representatives from ARGOS, the majority owner of Cimenterie Nationale d'Haiti (CINA) visited Elie Dubois on June 19, and reiterated their interest to continue funding the completion of the school project.
Architecture For Humanity-Haiti reconvened on site with the team of designers and chefs of World Central Kitchen who plans to design and implement a comprehensive curriculum for culinary arts for the schools' professional program. They also plan to design and provide a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen for the school.
We are working closely with this group to integrate this teaching kitchen into the renovation of the historic building. We are so excited to have World Central kitchen as a new partner for École Elie Dubois.
Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Vol. 2
This month has been very exciting for the Land Tenure policy program. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and with funds from the Digicel Foundation, Architecture for Humanity has officially initiated work on the second Haiti Land Transaction Manual.
This second manual will focus on the rights and obligations of property owners and occupants in situations of informal or unclear tenure. Towards achieving this body of work, we've partnered with the Faculty of Law of the University of Quisqueya, where a team of professors and students are providing indispensable research on the relevant laws and legal procedures.
This program is proceeding with the support of the Haitian Government through both UCLBP (Unité de Construction des Logements et Bâtiments Publics) and PACEGI (Presidential Advisory Committee for Economic Growth and Investment).
The Economic Development arm of Architecture for Humanity's program in Haiti is drawing to a close. This ambitious program, which began in March 2010, was funded for 36 months and closed on April 30, 2013. The important achievements of this program include:
We would like to thank our many collaborators and potential partners for their efforts over the past three years, and wish them every success. Given the paramount importance of private sector involvement in the long term reconstruction of Haiti we sincerely hope that these activities will continue, and that a robust financing sector will emerge over the coming years to become a driving force of the Haitian economy.
Architecture for Humanity, Haiti, will continue our core work in architecture and planning by building on our proven strengths. We will search out new opportunities for rebuilding Haiti by engaging communities, planning neighborhoods, designing and constructing buildings, training Haitians in the building trades, and supporting local economic growth.
Architecture for Humanity, Haiti, is dedicated to supporting the well-being of the Haitian people. We are here for the long term.
Project - Phase - %Complete
Clinique Madame Joa - Construction Admin. - 100%Collège C.I.M. - Construction Admin. - 70% Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger (Phase 2) - Construction Admin. - 30% Mod Ayiti Workshop - Construction Admin. - 30%École Elie Dubois (Phase 2) - Construction Docs - 100% Île à Vache Community Development - Diagnostic - 80% Grand-Ravine, Martissant - Diagnostic - 02% École Nationale République d'Argentine (PHASE 2) - CONTRACT - SIGNED Ecole Bon Berger, Pele (W.C Buildings) - CONTRACT - SIGNED Haiti Property Law Working Group - CONTRACT - SIGNED
For a complete list of Architecture for Humanity Haiti projects, visit the Haiti Rebuilding Center page.