Archinect - News 2014-07-31T07:51:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95125280/autodesk-foundation-established-to-further-support-impact-design-organizations Autodesk Foundation established to further support impact-design organizations Justine Testado 2014-03-07T18:16:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkcxhatn99uvmowz.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Major 3D design software company <a href="http://www.autodesk.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autodesk</a> recently announced the launch of the Autodesk Foundation to further invest in influential individuals and non-profit organizations who use impactful design to find solutions for various pressing global issues. And to increase contribution to the Foundation's goals, Autodesk will encourage their more than 7,000 employees worldwide to volunteer with or donate to their organizations of choice.</p><p>Through the Impact Design Program, the Foundation will collaborate and provide select design-oriented non-profit groups with software, training, and funding to support the group's causes. Some of the Foundation's first grantees include initiatives like <a href="http://www.kickstart.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KickStart International</a>, <a href="http://massdesigngroup.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>, <a href="http://d-rev.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D-Rev</a>, and the <a href="http://www.ruralstudio.org/initiatives/20k-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20K House project</a> from Auburn University's Rural Studio.</p><p>The Foundation will also incorporate Autodesk's Technology Impact program. Established during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, the Technology Impact program committed to donating $7.5 million...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78386180/cardborigami-designed-to-help-the-homeless Cardborigami: Designed to Help the Homeless Justine Testado 2013-07-31T19:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T10:22:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23k8pyizh8eavmbl.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Tina Hovsepian of global architecture firm <a href="http://callison.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Callison</a> was driven by the need to help homeless individuals in Los Angeles when she designed the first prototype for the "Cardborigami" shelter during her fourth year at USC's School of Architecture. Cardborigami, which has grown into a non-profit organization, provides temporary housing for the homeless as part of a process to help them gradually overcome their state of homelessness.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3hgxi4ru7z8hg47.jpg" title=""><br><br> The Cardborigami shelter balances innovative design and functionality. The application of traditional origami techniques onto cardboard gives the shelter a beautiful form. Before its modified origami form, the shelter was originally a re-design of an Air-stream trailer. "The idea is to deploy a trailer to a disaster site where mass shelter is needed, then the trailer expands to 20 times its length and twice its width to provide instant space," Hovsepian explained over email. "The form was then revised and re-scaled to fulfill its potential as a portable...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54105055/first-cancer-treatment-center-in-rwanda-breaks-ground First cancer treatment center in Rwanda breaks ground tzeng 2012-07-24T17:08:00-04:00 >2012-07-27T20:46:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9uooj5phwjbcz3p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the Butaro center, in the northern part of the country, will be the first to offer comprehensive care &mdash; including diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, follow-up treatment, and palliative care.</p></em><br /><br /><p> MASS Design Group is partnering with the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MOH) and Partners in Health (PIH) to build the first permanent cancer treatment center in Rwanda. &nbsp;With the help of Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation funding inpatient facilities, the new Cancer Centre for Excellence will be the first facility of its kind to bring state of the art care to Rwanda, provide access to cancer treatments, and host robust training programs through a partnership with Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Hospital.</p> <p> Facility-based cancer registries in Rwanda revealed a total of 3,430 diagnosed cancer cases between 2007 to 2011, among which 320 were children under the age of 15. Before this year, cancer care was sporadic, with no integrated treatments available without leaving the country. The new center will be the national referral site for cancer, providing a full spectrum of cancer care.</p> <p> Rwanda has long valued developing comprehensive programs while building infrastructure. Cancer care training start...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52891109/mass-design-group-wins-zumtobel-award-for-butaro-hospital MASS Design Group wins Zumtobel Award for Butaro Hospital tzeng 2012-07-03T17:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T12:08:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzoia7xjttfo1r22.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The [Butaro] project has a high relevance, since it can be applied as a solution to similar regions with limited opportunities and high risks of infection. [...] Also remarkable is the excellent quality of the buildings that were built exclusively with local workers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Butaro Hospital in Rwanda was praised as innovative and cost-efficient&nbsp;by the Zumtobel Award 2012 jury, ultimately winning in the category of "Built Environment." Over 230 projects were submitted in for the 2012 Zumtobel Group Award in this category. Entries were received from 22 nations while the projects themselves spanned some 30 countries.<br><br> The Butaro Hospital in Rwanda was praised as an &ldquo;innovative [and] cost-efficient [in] technology and design strategy in the category "Built Environment." Over 230 projects were submitted in for the 2012 Zumtobel Group Award in this category. Entries were received from 22 nations while the projects themselves spanned some 30 countries.</p> <p> The Butaro Hospital is built in the Burera District, which was one of the last two districts in Rwanda to receive a district hospital. The hospital now serves a population of over 400,000 people. Innovative design developed in collaboration with infectious disease specialists from Partners in Health and ...</p>