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Artists For Humanity

September 11, 2017
Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self- sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Our mission is built on twin philosophies: Engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change, and creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people and their communities.

Energy-efficient Stud Wall Panels

August 22, 2017
Below and attached is some current information about our wall panels for construction of energy-efficient homes and apartments.   It is not necessary to have previous experience with our panels.  We offer a day of... Read More

SFNOMA – NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MINORITY ARCHITECTS (BAY AREA)

August 8, 2017
WORK WITH US IN CIVIC CREATIVITY  Building on a deep legacy of community engagement, SFNOMA is your local design advocacy platform.  Member firms are civic creatives.  We work closely with communities and community leaders to develop experiences,... Read More

5th EARTH ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION: Designing a Rural Arts Center for Senegal

July 17, 2017
OBJECTIVE The objective is to design a modern mud type to be built as a unit of a residential vocational school for unemployed rural youths of ages 16 to 25 years to undergo a 2-year skills development training in the vocational arts and design. We want the school plan to emphasize sustainable architecture and cost efficient construction. Thus, we want the buildings to fully integrate earth architecture and passive solar design. The challenge is to design one of the following types for the school: a classroom type, cafeteria type, office building type, dormitory type, group toilet type, cafeteria type, dormitory type, dwelling type for the local teachers, and guest house type for our international visiting staff. Contestants are to design the school type for construction by maximum use of earth and local labor. Total costs of constructing the design entry is not to exceed $10,000 (USD) for materials and labor. The construction site will be Diakounda village in Sédhiou Region of the Casamance in Senegal. The jurors will use judging criteria involving form, function and technical issues to select three prize-winning designs. Specifically, the jurors will award prizes for first, second and third place consisting of a commemorative certificate and cash prizes to the winning designs as follows: 1st prize - $1,000 or construction of design in Senegal plus a trip to Senegal for a workshop to build the winning design (in case the winner does not reside in Senegal and to a maximum of 1 person); 2nd prize- Construction or $700 and 3rd prize- Construction or $400. Honorable mentions will be awarded. Every design team that makes the Top 40 Entries shortlist will be offered the opportunity to build their design in Senegal or Gambia in collaboration with the project organizers. The fee per entry is $40 for individual and $60 for a team for early registration (July 13-31) and standard registration (August 1-October 13) is $50 for individual and $70 for a team. Here is where to register: http://goo.gl/hSuuQO . For additional information, see the competition discussion board: http://nkaprojects.boards.net . Take the design-build challenge! Make your name known! Let’s create change where it is most needed. 

Call for Entries: 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

February 13, 2017
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries... Read More

Bamboo for Lost Cost Housing

May 10, 2016
Utilising bamboo for addressing housing shortfall across the globe. Leader / Director: Prashant Lingam

EbenezerStudio

May 10, 2016
Nicolas-Patience Basabose is the Head of Design at EbenezerStudio (Pty) Ltd, a creative, cross-disciplinary design firm with global reach offering services in different fields of design. Our studio has offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and... Read More

Philippines Bamboo Workshop

May 10, 2016
The Philippines Bamboo Workshop is a study abroad program of the University of Washington Department of Architecture. This program is a hands-on cultural immersive experience. With bamboo as the medium of exploration, participants will collaborate... Read More

Over-the-Rhine DesignBuild Studio

March 4, 2015
Working collaboratively with Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, a non-profit housing development organization, the Over-the-Rhine DesignBuild Studio donates design and construction skills to help bring the buildings of the neighborhood back into use for low- and moderate-income occupancy.

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation Prototype Houses

March 4, 2015
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation Prototype Houses build prototype houses with alternative construction methods and materials including haybale construction, compressed-earth blocks, and structural insulated panels.

UrbanBUILD

March 4, 2015
Urban Buid is commited to revitalizing the cultural and architectural history of New Orleans through collaborative pratnerships between students and local community organizations.

GCCDS

March 4, 2015
The Gulf Coast Community Design Stuido works with non-profit organizations, local governments, universities, developers and other partners in all three of Mississippi’s coastal counties, putting professional expertise to work in order to shape vibrant and resilient Gulf Coast communities.

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