Archinect - News 2017-07-20T08:53:05-04:00 Executive Director of Open Architecture Collaborative responds to lawsuit against Architecture for Humanity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-22T18:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:45:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whatever the outcome, we will learn from their actions. I am confident that those who committed wrongdoing will be held accountable, and that any malfeasance will come to light. I am also confident that the final story will adequately celebrate all the good that AFH did.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrett Jacobs</a>, executive director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Architecture Collaborative</a>, responded to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$3M lawsuit against AFH</a> via a statement on medium, taking care to make clear as crystal the fact that while OAC grew out of AFH, it is "unequivocally an independent organization, a California LLC and Public Benefactor Corporation, and is pursuing our own 501(c)3 federal nonprofit status." As such,&nbsp;OAC won't be affected by the lawsuit.</p><p>After AFH <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shuttered</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced bankruptcy</a>&nbsp;in early 2015, many volunteers felt as if the rug had been pulled underneath them, unsure of what led to such an end. About a year later, the OAC was founded on the basis of the strong community of volunteers who hoped to continue AFH's mission. While the lawsuit may not affect the OAC structurally or its members directly, it could certainly change the way the volunteers regard AFH&mdash;potentially compromising its much-lauded reputation as a non-profit focused on humanitarian design.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Hu...</a></li></ul> Make it Rain: sorting through the complex world of architecture fee structures, plus Architecture for Humanity's $3M lawsuit, on Archinect Sessions #72 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-14T15:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:16:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast, Julia Ingalls joins us to discuss the byzantine considerations behind how architects charge for work, and shares some helpful guidelines from her recent piece about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">how residential architecture fee rates are determined</a>.</p><p>We also dip into the recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$3M&nbsp;lawsuit against Architecture for Humanity</a>&nbsp;for allegedly misusing restricted funds. After suddenly going bankrupt last year, many of AFH's volunteer cells have continued operating, and an offshoot organization, Open Architecture Collaborative, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">officially launched</a> this past March. The lawsuit against AFH's founders could shed light into why the lauded nonprofit seemed to shutter so suddenly.</p><p>This episode of Archinect Sessions is sponsored by AIA Advantage Partner, BQE Software, and the makers of ArchiOffice. ArchiOffice is the only Office and Project Management Software built with the needs of architects in mind. It will help you manage people and projects, while you focus on designing great architecture. Our podc...</p> Architecture for Humanity is being sued for $3M for mismanaging funds Nicholas Korody 2016-07-12T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T14:23:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The founders and board members of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), the influential and accoladed non-profit organization, is being sued for $3M for alleged mismanagement of funds, according to an exclusive report published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Record</a>. The report helps shed light on the circumstances under which the non-profit closed down last year.</p><p>Among those named in the lawsuit, which was filed on June 10, are the founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, both paid employees, and the 10 volunteer members of the board of directors, including the former head of the American Institute of Architects Clark Manus and architect Toshiko Mori.</p><p>According the lawsuit, AFH acted with "gross negligence", misappropriating restricted funds &ndash; donations made with specific caveats as to their use &ndash; in order to pay overhead such as executive salaries and promotional expenses.</p><p>The lawsuit alleges that AFH "completely disregarded the &lsquo;restricted&rsquo; and &lsquo;unrestricted&rsquo; nature of the funds and began a wholesale ...</p> Introducing Open Architecture Collaborative, the rebranded offshoot of Architecture for Humanity affiliates Julia Ingalls 2016-03-10T06:00:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:12:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After Architecture for Humanity closed in 2015, affiliate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapter Network</a> took its place, appointing Garrett Jacobs as its leader (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with whom Archinect had the opportunity to speak with on its podcast</a>). Now, the Chapter Network organization is formally rebranding itself as the Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC), and after they formalize their bylaws, they will apply to become a 501(c)3 organization. The OAC's twin goals are to help younger design professionals get field experience while also providing greater access to design services for marginalized communities.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a press release, Jacobs said that &ldquo;The OAC&rsquo;s launch shows that our process works. This past year we turned participatory design on ourselves to create this organization.&nbsp;There are hundreds of people who experienced this process and now feel an incredible sense of ownership over this name and this brand. Imagine what our places would be like if everyone felt as proud in their creation and change. We are working to make...</p> Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-15T14:59:00-05:00 >2017-06-14T16:27:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's guest is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrett Jacobs</a>, executive director of the phoenix rising from Architecture for Humanity's ashes, known as the Chapter Network. When Architecture for Humanity <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">went bankrupt</a> last year and shut down its formal, executive functions, many affiliated chapters continued business as usual, that is, operating independently with volunteer coalitions. To rally those troops and continue AFH's mission of humanitarian and sustainable development, the Chapter Network was formed, and Jacobs, formerly an outreach coordinator for AFH, became its organizing leader.</p><p>As an architectural designer trained literally in the midst of Hurricane Katrina, and with past experience organizing for Code for America, Jacobs has big plans for the newfangled Network. We spoke about how to continue Architecture for Humanity&rsquo;s legacy without making its same mistakes, and how to create a sustainable organization on a shoestring.</p><p>Listen to One-to-One #11 with <strong>Garrett Jacobs</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;...</a></li></ul> "How the Sausage Is Made" – All the recent news that's fit to podcast, on Archinect Sessions #50 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-28T18:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T13:09:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our 50th (!!!) episode, we discuss the biggest news items from the last week &ndash; everything from the latest BIG and DS+R shake-ups to a surprisingly controversial Seattle homeless shelter &ndash; and it's been a doozy. We take a look at:</p><p>The&nbsp;"sphincter from which digital art issues" (according to one Archinect commenter), aka&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum</a>;&nbsp;the controversy surrounding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's latest client</a> (referred to here as the Washington "Pigskins"); recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions of diversity</a> issues that have arisen on the site; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25-year old</a> who won a big World War I memorial design contest; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's updated expansion</a> plans; Architecture for Humanity's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">potential second life</a>; and more.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 50 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "How the Sausage Is Made":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite...</li></ul> Architecture for Humanity spin-off, Chapter Network, appoints Garrett Jacobs exec director Julia Ingalls 2016-01-21T17:06:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:45:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Architecture for Humanity officially closed in 2015, a new international, volunteer organization that was affiliated with AFH called The Chapter Network is following in AFH's sustainable-development footsteps, and has chosen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrett Jacobs</a> as its executive director. Jacobs attended Tulane University&nbsp;before going on to work with both Architecture for Humanity and the Chapter Network.&nbsp;&ldquo;I am incredibly honored to serve this network,&rdquo; Jacobs said in a press release. &ldquo;&#8203;It is a true privilege to organize with designers committed to creating a more equitable, sustainable and socially just world using the power of participatory design. I started with this group as a volunteer, and I will strive to build an organization where anyone can envision a similar pathway to leadership. Through honesty, trust, patience, and really hard work, we will build the organization we believe can change the world through design.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's ...</a></li></ul> Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's "death" and future Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-12T17:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T21:14:20-05:00 <img src="" width="559" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This case study looks at the origins of, and factors that led to, the &ldquo;death&rdquo; of the best-known humanitarian architecture organization in the world. However, it will also reveal that AFH is regenerating via its worldwide network of chapters, which it had begun developing around 2004, and which gathered more formally under the name Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network upon AFH&rsquo;s closure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To get caught up on Architecture for Humanity's history as a non-profit:</p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign</a></li><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy</a></li><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to shut down" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to shut down</a></li><li><a title="Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity, to step down and help form a five-year strategic vision" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity, to step down and help form a five-year strategic vision</a></li></ul> Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign Justine Testado 2015-09-04T15:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-08T10:37:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine months after abruptly shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>&nbsp;has begun a campaign in efforts to&nbsp;rebrand itself as a "collectively defined, collaboratively run, and inclusive" non-profit. Launched Tuesday, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AFH Chapter Network</a>&nbsp;is gathering opinions and ideas worldwide in the form of video responses in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a short survey</a> until September 8. Participants will answer questions on&nbsp;how the new AFH should restructure its mission, value, and goals.</p><p>Once the responses are collected, the AFH Network will search for key findings alongside brand strategists at Skyrocket Digital and then work towards finding a new name for the organization.</p><p>The AFH Network posted their reasons for rebranding in a generalized&nbsp;list <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on WordPress</a>:</p><ul><li><strong>A few reasons why we&rsquo;re looking for a new name: We are a new organization:</strong> While the mission remains similar, we are focused on consensus building, professional development, and support for local groups to develop innovative business models whil...</li></ul> Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:32:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="103" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a letter to "the countless volunteers, supporters, design fellows, and former staff of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>",&nbsp;&nbsp;Board Chair Matt Charney announced that the organization will file for bankruptcy this week. AfH <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closed&nbsp;somewhat abruptly</a> this past January. Charney's letter states:</p><p>I thank you for all that you gave to this organization over the past fifteen years.</p><p>This week,&nbsp;Architecture for Humanity will file for bankruptcy. While we are saddened by the organization&rsquo;s closure, the mission of Architecture for Humanity is far from ending. Our affiliated international network of designers and allied professionals have resolved to carry on their work at the local level. Over 30 volunteer chapters on five continents, now self-governed, have recommitted to the mission and are emphatically and collectively forging a new path forward. We are overwhelmed by this response, and could not be more proud of those who volunteer their time and expertise to bring design services to where they are m...</p> Ep. 13 Archinect Sessions "Elizabeth Timme Gives No F*cks" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-22T09:36:00-05:00 >2015-01-28T17:56:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At first we thought we could cram all of this week's amazing podcast content in under one hour. That dream was not to be, but we decided to give no f*cks, in honor of our guest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Timme</a>. The tenacious and game-changing Timme spoke with Donna and Amelia (with the appropriate amount of f*cks) about her work with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA M&aacute;s</a>, a&nbsp;non-profit design studio aimed at social justice issues in Los Angeles.</p><p>In other matters of justice, Paul sat down with <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Session</a></strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>s</strong></a>'s legal correspondent,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, about a recent lawsuit against <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> that went all the way up to California's Supreme Court, and the far-reaching implications for architects.</p><p>We also talk with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Willette</a> about the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger Than A Breadbox / Smaller Than A Building</a> competition, aimed at revitalizing the pavilion's role in architectural research (deadline is February 15!). Willette runs the FABLab at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman</a>, and&nbsp;is a long-time Archinector.</p><p>Finally, we let out a collective sad sigh for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity's closure</a>.</p><p>An...</p> The sky is falling! Weekly News Round-Up for January 12, 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-19T18:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:16:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, January 16:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to shut down" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to shut down</a>: The San Francisco HQ has laid off all employees and will file for bankruptcy, however it's unclear how this will affect operations of the many national/international <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfH</a> outposts that function through volunteers.</li><li><a title="Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor</a>: The latest in a recent series of similar incidents, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a bolt falling from London's cheesegrater</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">falling art in Mons</a>, the 2015 European Capital of Culture, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete panels dropping</a> from Zaha Hadid's library in Vienna.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, January 15:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition</a>: Along with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first Taco Bell being in peril of demolition</a>, part of southern California's architectural heritage is being considered.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, January 14:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a>: Despite the restaurant and exhibition space not being fully complete, Nouvel's Philharmonie hel...</li></ul> Architecture for Humanity to shut down Paul Petrunia 2015-01-16T16:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:34:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="103" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We've just heard from Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and ex-director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>, that the organization has "pivoted its mission and is planning to close".</p><p>According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John King at the SF Chronicle</a>, "While there has been no official announcement of the organization&rsquo;s demise, all staff was laid off Jan. 1 by the board and the nonprofit shut its office near Union Square."<br>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Message from Cameron...</p><p><strong>Thank you for designing like you give a damn.</strong></p><p>We just heard the news that Architecture for Humanity, the organization we started more than 15 years ago, has pivoted its mission and is planning to close. We are deeply saddened by this.&nbsp;<br><br>Our hearts are with the staff and chapter members who worked so hard to build a wonderful organization that did so much for communities around the world. We made so many wonderful friends and will continue personally to support your work.&nbsp;<br><br>We ran the organization and grew it from just a small circle of volunteers to an international organization with ...</p> See For Yourself Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-01T12:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T14:18:00-04:00 <img src="" width="618" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 percent of the housing stock affected, five percent of the housing stock is uninhabitable &ndash; an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged. This on top of a shortage of 71,000 housing units before the Israeli attack.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a real challenge for architecture. I urge&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to directly involve and bring this&nbsp;crisis&nbsp;into their working platform, producing ideas of reconstruction.&nbsp;</p> New "DEAD PRIZE" launched by Cameron Sinclair Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-04T19:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the past decade we have seen an explosion of honors and awards for the most innovative and forward thinking solutions. Yet no one recognizes the projects that have caused harm to the environment - designs that are helping shorten our existence on this planet. This is why we created the DEAD prize. Let's recognize the bad, honor the failures and hopefully do something to rectify these designs against humanity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Prize</a> may be the first ever anti-prize in architecture. Launched by Cameron Sinclair, the Executive Director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jolie-Pitt Foundation</a> and co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>, Dead Prize opened its nominations today for architecture that has caused remarkable environmental harm. The goal is to create an anti-standard, by which architects can understand what makes a design harmful, how to not repeat that harm, and hopefully, how to form solutions to the winning Dead Prize design. To curate a set of "worst practices" in architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>The Prize's website makes clear that this is a satirical mix of serious and tongue-in-cheek commentary on the architecture profession. Once a winner is chosen, sometime in early 2015, the Dead Prize committee will reach out to the designer for their side of the story, to gain the widest angle on why things went wrong.</p><p>If the Prize acquires sufficient funding, a complementary competition will be launched to design a solution to a Dead Prize ...</p> Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T21:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T11:32:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just coming to a spectacular finale in Brazil, it's a perfect moment for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to announce the completion of 20 centers for 2010, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Football For Hope</a> program and partnership legacy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.</p><p>Launched in 2007 by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIFA</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">streetfootballworld</a> as a social legacy initiative, the program was tasked to build 20 community centers across 15 African countries for the benefit of local organizations. The centers address education and public health issues, using soccer as a tool for social development.</p><p>Find more information about the Football for Hope Centers below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Photo: Young children running on the pitch of the Khayelitsha Football for Hope Center, the first completed Football for Hope Center. Location: Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: A. Grips</em></p><p>"Football for Hope (FFH) was created to enhance dialogue and collaboration between locally active organizations advancing social development and football associations, committed...</p> Architecture for Humanity turns 15, announces new director and rededicated mission Paul Petrunia 2014-06-10T19:12:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T19:12:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture for Humanity today announced the appointment of Eric Cesal as the non-profit's new executive director. Cesal will be replacing Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founder of AHF, who both stepped down from their directorial positions last year. Cesal is an analyst, writer, designer, builder and humanitarian based in San Francisco, CA.&nbsp; Cesal first joined Architecture for Humanity in 2006 as a volunteer on the Katrina reconstruction program.&nbsp;</p><p>Press release from AFH follows...</p><p>As Architecture for Humanity turns fifteen, the non-profit design organization, armed with new tools and clear values, recommits itself to the vision on which it was founded, while embracing a changing world with evolving humanitarian challenges.&nbsp;Under new leadership, the organization steps forward into the next fifteen years.</p><p>Fifteen years ago, Architecture for Humanity was born with a simple idea: that designers could use their skills and passions to literally change the world.&nbsp; To date, Architecture...</p> Warby Parker partners up with Architecture for Humanity Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T14:29:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For over 15 years, Architecture for Humanity has improved the livelihood of individuals and communities around the world through a global network of professionals who provide quality design and management services where these resources may otherwise be overlooked or out of reach. [...] We&rsquo;re saluting Architecture for Humanity&rsquo;s 15th anniversary with two collaboration frames, Aslin and Fowler, inspired by an appreciation for streamlined angles and built-to-last materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Warby Parker goes on to pledge: <em>"Warby Parker will donate $15 for every pair of Warby Parker x Architecture for Humanity collaboration frames purchased from April 7, 2014 to September 6, 2014, with a minimum contribution of $15,000, to Architecture for Humanity."</em></p> Editor's Picks #342 Nam Henderson 2013-11-19T12:40:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T10:24:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The latest edition of <strong>Showcase</strong>; featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a complete redesign of the Law Faculties and Central Administration Buildings at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), by CRAB Studio</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With Architecture for Humanity's experience helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster, they are currently mobilizing to assist in long-term reconstruction</a>. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, they are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donate now</a> and help support Architecture for Humanity's response in the region affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Last week <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> highlighted</a> the winners from the 39th annual KRob Architectural Delineation competition, the longest running architectural drawing competition in the world. Six winners, three juror citations, and 21 finalists were selected this year.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> While he ...</p> Support Architecture for Humanity's work after Super Typhoon Haiyan Archinect 2013-11-11T16:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:55:44-05:00 <img src="" width="249" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With Architecture for Humanity's experience helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster, we are currently mobilizing to assist in long-term reconstruction. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, we are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donate now</a> and help support Architecture for Humanity's response in the typhoon-affected region. <a href=";src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#Typhoonhaiyan</a></p> 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced Justine Testado 2013-11-07T20:02:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:11:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Curry Stone Foundation has announced the winners of the 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize. Now in its sixth year, the annual prize celebrates humanitarian design and honors the influential work of socially engaged practitioners.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This year's Prize winners are:</p> <ul><li> Hunnarshala (Bhuj, India)</li> <li> Proximity Designs (Yangon, Myanmar)</li> <li> Studio TAMassociati/Emergency (Venice/Milan, Italy)</li> </ul><p> Principals from each group will attend a two-day awards ceremony at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco <strong>tonight</strong> at 7:30 p.m. PST.</p> <p> The ceremony continues tomorrow Nov. 8 at the Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco, where each winner will present their work at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Like You Give A Damn! LIVE conference</a> starting at 12:30 p.m. The two-day event will be live-streamed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #333 Nam Henderson 2013-09-17T12:26:00-04:00 >2013-09-20T03:37:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new Court of Justice building in Hasselt, Belgium designed by a team comprising, Berlin-based J. MAYER H. Architects and local firms a2o-architecten andLens&ordm;ass architecten, officially swung its doors open to the public on September 13th. Donna Sink felt "This looks SO BEAUTIFUL! I saw it from the Hasselt train station last March and it literally took my breath away - it makes a great statement on the skyline. To see the interiors and details are so well considered makes me happy".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Southern</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a>&nbsp;of (a book I have been wanting to read, since I first saw a blurb for it a few weeks ago) Joe Day's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime</a>"&nbsp;(2013, Routledge).&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Therein he concluded "<em>Joe Day makes it clear that we are entering a new period- one where the models of cultural consumption and the constructs of punishment are so similar, that the humanity contained within either system is obscured by the totalizing effects of a homogeneous and sinister architectural typology</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, in the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> feature, Archinect interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makoto Mizutani and Benjamin Luddy, founders of LA-based product design studio Scout Regalia</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After 15 years of leadership co-founders, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr have decided to transition from the organization and launch a fund to support future growth</a>.</p> <p> Over at the San Francisco Gate Liz Pfeffer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that in today&rsquo;s market "<em>Well-heeled techies ar...</em></p> Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity, to step down and help form a five-year strategic vision Archinect 2013-09-09T16:41:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:55:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="524" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In planning for the organization&rsquo;s further growth, Sinclair and Stohr are transitioning out of their roles to push the advancement of Architecture for Humanity, while also enabling the founders to explore new ventures. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to see something you started evolve into an institution. We are excited about the future of the organization and plan to continue lending support in whatever ways we can,&rdquo; says Kate Stohr, Co-Founder, Architecture for Humanity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Full press release...</em></p> <p> Architecture for Humanity Launches <a href="" target="_blank">5 Year Strategic Plan</a> and Fund To Offer Expanded Design Services to Build Resilient and Healthy Communities.</p> <p> After 15 years of Leadership co-founders, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr to Transition from Organization and Launch Fund to Support Future Growth.</p> <p> Since 1999, San Francisco based non-profit Architecture for Humanity has been committed to providing architectural design and construction services to communities in need around the world. Co-founded by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, the non-profit has responded to 15 natural and man-made disasters, completed over 300 projects in 47 countries, expanded to 63 chapters across the world, and has nurtured a network of more than 75,000 architects, professionals and volunteers committed to making a positive impact through architecture.</p> <p> Architecture for Humanity was founded as an initiative of Sinclair, an architectural designer and Stohr, a journalist and TV/web produc...</p> AIA, Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and AFH launch competition to aid disaster survivors Archinect 2013-06-13T12:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:37:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="95" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced a strategic partnership with Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and Architecture for Humanity to launch &ldquo;Designing Recovery,&rdquo; an ideas competition created to aid in the rebuild of sustainable and resilient communities. The competition, which is designed to help survivors of three recent natural disasters, was announced as a Commitment to Action at CGI America, an annual event of the Clinton Global Initiative focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States.</p> <p> Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is sponsoring the award, providing building science expertise and products.</p> <p> The &ldquo;Designing Recovery&rdquo; competition will take place in three distinct settings &ndash; New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; and New York, N.Y. &ndash; where the non-profit partner organizations are already working to recover from previous disasters. The partner organizations will assemble a portfolio, or patter...</p> Editor's Picks #317 Nam Henderson 2013-05-28T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T19:03:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of Working out of the Box: Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning who is currently seeking funding for A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo. @bawshaw commented "@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career"...Yet Connely Farr disagreed "@ LandMass - yep. you sound like an ass".</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning</a> who is currently seeking funding for <strong>A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo</strong>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy a copy of the book &ldquo;A Practical Guide to Squatting&rdquo;, and help support independent art and promote the squatting movement!</a>&nbsp;During the interview, she reflected "<em>I think the most valuable thing architecture school bestowed upon me was tolerance and persistence...School taught me to bear conviction and purpose with whatever project I take on, to be earnest and to take judgement in stride</em>"...</p> <p> <strong>@bawshaw</strong> commented "<em>@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career. half of my graduating class ended up taking similar paths; more as a product of the recession than anything else. these paths may be alternative to the modern career, but not to architecture specifically. i do applaud her for doing what she believes in</em>".</p> <p> Yet <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connely Farr</a>&nbsp;disagreed "<em>@ LandMass - yep. ...</em></p> Donate to Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild Moore, Oklahoma Archinect 2013-05-22T13:52:00-04:00 >2013-05-30T10:24:04-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture for Humanity is working with local and regional construction professionals to begin assessments and support rebuilding work after an F-4 tornado ripped through the heart of Moore, OK and surrounding communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture for Humanity focuses on helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster. The agency is currently working on rebuilding efforts post Superstorm Sandy and rebuilt in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist in long term-reconstruction to help rebuild Moore and the surrounding communities. The agency works to incorporate resiliency and disaster mitigation strategies, leaving communities safer and stronger than before.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> &ldquo;After the Haiti earthquake students from Moore West Junior High raised funds for the organization to help rebuild schools for displaced students. Our thoughts are with the entire community of Moore, OK and those affected,&rdquo; said Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder, Architecture for Humanity.</p> Architecture for Humanity Announces Strategic Partnership with The Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council Archinect 2013-03-12T19:02:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T18:29:34-04:00 <img src="" width="229" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture for Humanity announced their strategic partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The announcement comes in conjunction with today&rsquo;s release of the Center for Green Schools 2013 State of our Schools Report, which calls for the federal government to commission the first comprehensive study of our nation&rsquo;s school facilities needs in 18 years. Together the two groups hope to join others in eliminating our nation&rsquo;s deferred school maintenance bill through implementation of school improvement projects, addressing financing and providing tools to educators. The report estimates that $271 billion is needed to bring existing school buildings up to code &ndash; double that amount if we are to modernize schools - and that further research is needed to clarify how and where this investment should be targeted.</p> <p> About 50 million students attend nearly 100,000 public elementary and secondary schools across the United States. One in four stu...</p> Architecture for Humanity invites to "What do you see?" Archinect 2012-11-30T15:33:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:59:14-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As the holiday spirit fills our houses and cities, Architecture for Humanity's end of year campaign <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"What do you see?"</a> is of special significance: Given the post-Superstorm Sandy devastation that is still affecting so many on the eastern sea board as we head into this winter season, Architecture for Humanity wants to learn how people there envisioned the rebuilding of their communities.</p> <p> Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> to tell the world what you see, and learn how you can help make the vision come to life for communities in need worldwide.</p> <p> <a href=";src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#whatdoyousee</a></p> <p> <strong>Accomplishments This Year</strong></p> <p> So far this year Architecture for Humanity has:</p> <ul><li> Provided space for 66,230 additional people to live, work, heal, and play in structures designed, built, or funded by Architecture for Humanity</li> <li> Responded to and started the 5-point long-term reconstruction plan - in collaboration with their partners at the AIA and elsewhere - to address the needs of thousands on the East Coast who...</li></ul> 'Jersey Shore' cast teams up with Architecture for Humanity. Seriously. Archinect 2012-11-06T18:13:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:10:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the tri-state area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the cast of the "Jersey Shore" is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity for "Restore the Shore," a special benefit set to air live on Thursday, November 15.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information about <em>Restore the Shore</em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go here</a>.</p> Winners of Open Architecture Challenge: [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS Alexander Walter 2012-08-09T21:19:00-04:00 >2012-09-15T11:12:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture for Humanity has just recently announced the winners of its latest Open Architecture Challenge, [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS. The prestigious, bi-annual humanitarian design competition focused on re-imagining former military sites.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>