Concern Worldwide, with the support of the European Union, has partnered with Architecture for Humanity Haiti on a very ambitious neighborhood upgrading project. Architecture for Humanity will engage the community of Grand-Ravine in a participatory planning process to implement development strategies, reconstruction and urban planning in this challenging community. The residents of this self-governed slum are vulnerable to inclement weather, high crime rates and lack of proper infrastructure. Haiti has entered its rainy season which makes life in Grand-Ravine very difficult. Constant flooding of the ravine [which in normal time serves as the main thoroughfare connecting the various neighborhoods] limits accessibility of the residents. For the next 10 months, our team will be meeting with the community leaders to devise and implement a plan that will help reinforce the fabric of the community and help the residents voice and prioritize their collective needs.
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College Mixte Le bon Berger Montrouis phase 2
On June 5th, the school principal, Mr. D'Or signed the contract for the construction works with Mr. Duverna from the construction firm Design Action. The second phase will be completed by August 31, 2013 just in time to welcome the students on September 2nd 2013. Design Action started demolition work on June 3rd, 2013. The firm who successfully built the first phase building was selected after a competitive bid process.
Participatory Community Development on Ile a Vache
In collaboration with the Community, Architecture for Humanity has identified key development sectors such as education, community cohesion and health, in which we will focus our efforts towards implementing quick win projects. These projects are taking the form of sustainable sanitation systems, clean water strategies and improved access.
June 4, 2013
We welcomed Architecture Students from FAARM/Bowling Green State University. They made a stop at our office to learn a bit from our Senior Architect Fleur Messer about rebuilding in the Haitian context. The students spent 3 weeks in Haiti visiting different sites and projects.
June 14, 2013
PechaKucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The Haiti office held its first Pechakucha on Friday June 14th, 2013 at our regular open office meeting. Five members of our staff took part in showcasing their slides according to the rules of the game: 20 pictures /20 seconds per slide.
Brett Ferguson, our Architect on Ecole Republique d’Argentine presented on Vancouver. Sven Kalim, Architect on the CIM School, showcased his pictures from China and Christian Beaulieu, Architect and urban planner working on Ile a Vache, explored his new passion for agriculture. Rickie Siegel and Nazanin Merehgan, Urban Planners presented on innovative slum upgrading and redevelopment examples from Latin America: Medellín, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, and Caracas. This first event was well received by the audience of architects and friends and we plan to continue this initiative. We will send out a call for entry at our next event.
June 20-22, 2013
Architecture for Humanity Co-founder Cameron Sinclair was one of the keynote speakers at the national American Institute for Architects (AIA) convention held in Denver Colorado. He spoke long about our projects in Haiti in front of 16,000 architects. Eric Cesal featured Haiti on a panel called “Architecture for Humanity and Public Architecture: Leaders in the Social Impact Design Movement" at the AIA Convention.
July 3, 2013
Architecture for Humanity, Catholic Relief Services and Concern will participate in the Kick-off Partner’s meeting for the Community Development of Grand-Ravine
July 12, 2013
Architecture for Humanity Haiti monthly Meet and Greet. We welcome Adriana Navaro Sertich from UNOPS 16/6 projects. Adriana will explore the concept of FAVELA CHIC--a comparative analysis on current slum upgrading strategies.
Project - Phase - %Complete
College C.I.M CA 30% Clinique Mme JOA CA 100% College Mixte Le Bon Berger(Phase 2) CA 5% Ecole Elie Dubois (Phase 2) CDs 100% Ile a Vache Community Development Diagnostic 60% Grand-Ravine, Martissant Contract Signed Mod Ayiti Workshop CA 20% Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine CA 33% Ecole Bon Berger, Pele B+N 50% Children's Academy CA 100%
NEWS | UPDATES | DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES & PROGRAM NEEDS
DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES & PROGRAM NEEDS / [Japanese]
Park for All - SD
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
As of October 22, 2012 Architecture for Humanity launched a project that puts the fate of the classroom into the hands of the students. Formatted as a three round competition, Guerrilla Green has challenged teens to visualize a plan to improve the spaces within their schools, introduced them to advocacy, and supported their visions by granting up to $13,000 to the most progressive ideas.
This month, May 2013, we’ve concluded the 2013 competition by hand-delivering a $10,000 check to a team of deserving students at the Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami Florida. The winning team coalesced an in your face water reuse and conservation awareness campaign -- showing students, school administrators and showdown fans how much water is wasted every time someone takes a drink out of a traditional K12 school fountain. To help solve the problem, they built a contraption that collects the wasted water and redistributes it as gray water in their art classes.
To date, the Guerrilla Green competition has directly connected with over 400 students. But our impact reaches far beyond that scope. The teens involved in the competition have learned how to advocate their ideas, therefore, the exact impact cannot be calculated, as it webs far beyond our visual reach.
We are proud to say, many of the teams who competed in the three rounds have said that they will continue to move forward with their projects, and fight for more environmentally proactive spaces, despite not making it to the final round. Because of these motivated teens, the future of Guerrilla Green looks like a relatable resource for students to understand and incorporate environmental sustainability into their most used spaces. The conversation will be run by students, for students. The easiest way to get a teen to understand that going green is easy, is by showing them that it’s possible.
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