Time for this month's Kickstarter picks! Potato salad-making aside, check out our latest selection of crowdsourced fundraisers right below for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page that are surely worth a look.
actLAB NYC's ClassAct: Active School is on a mission to rebuild low-cost classrooms in the rural Filipino communities still struggling to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in October 2013. actLAB is looking to crowdsource funding to have their classroom prototypes built for the students to use.
Based in the repurposed Weigh Station venue in Callicoon, NY, North School Studio and The Architecture Lobby set a stretch goal to improve the San Precario exhibition's design and content. The exhibition is dedicated to San Precario, a faux "patron saint" figure created in Italy in 2004 to raise awareness of precarious worker issues and unstable architectural labor. Funds will support public events that highlight these issues as well as promote Callicoon's cultural scene.
In relation to Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City urban model, this full-length documentary examines how today's cities are shifting towards integrating nature and sustainable design, and the obstacles of that transition due to urban sprawl. The film explores this relationship using Los Angeles as a case study.
Growing up in the Milton Park, one of the largest housing co-ops in Montreal, Brendan King-Edwards and Julien P. Malo have been working on a multimedia site that shares its rich history. The site aims to document the citizen-led movement for low-rent housing, present an oral history of the neighborhood, and highlight its current challenges.
Funds will directly support the digitizing, cataloging, and preservation of the vast archive of influential modern architect Andrew Michael Geller. His grandson Jake Gorst (an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and historian) will create a film that captures the preservation process and discusses his grandfather's life and work.
The Beach Vault is a handy drill-shaped storage container that keeps (at least some) of your valuable belongings hidden and protected from being stolen, lost, or damaged from the elements. Due to popular demand, the Beach Vault designers opened another campaign to raise inventory funds and let more people have a chance to learn about the product.
Created by London-based designer Kelly Angood, the Viddy camera is a super-cute DIY pinhole camera flatpack kit that can be assembled into a working camera in apparently less than 30 minutes. Made from durable recycled cardboard, the camera accepts medium format and 35mm film. The Kickstarter campaign will support production.
Gofundme bonus project:
As a collective web-based response to the ongoing gentrification crisis, the project by Equality for Flatbush will document the struggles of everyday people from across the US and internationally. Primarily focused on the Brooklyn, NY community, anyone in the world is also invited to contribute their own thoughts and experiences on the issue in the form of photos, videos, artwork, and so on.