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DiscoverDesign.org

October 10, 2017
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) presents DiscoverDesign.org as an online platform for engaging students, teachers, and mentors in the design process. 

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. 

Agenda28

May 18, 2016
Agenda28 is an impact design studio created at the Harvard Innovation Lab offering design strategy, brand identity, digital design and product design. The studio gives scholarships to talented designers from emerging economies where they work along with Agenda28's top designers to transform their design practice.

Bridges to Prosperity

March 4, 2015
Bridges to Prosperity provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.

HERO

March 4, 2015
HERO works as a catalyst for community development in areas of the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty.

Urban Studio

March 4, 2015
The Urban Studio is an outreach program of AU's College of Architecture, Design and Construction that gives fourth-year and thesis students the opportunity to pursue design in an urban setting and engage in community projects.

Scale Africa

March 4, 2015
SCALEAfrica is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization using design as a tool for social change in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Utilizing sustainable building techniques and active community participation, they build schools and futures through the power of design.

iDE

March 4, 2015
iDE uses the power of innovation and markets to create income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households around the world.

Design Corps

March 4, 2015
Design Corps provides affordable architectural services to those currently underserved by traditional architecture practices. These projects fall into two broad categories: Community Design & Planning and the Migrant Housing Program.

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