A collaboration with IIT's Alternative Spring Break program, a group of college students spent the spring holiday giving back to the community building the ACTIVATE! Pilsen project along with community partners Resurrection Project, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), and AOR Latent Design.
The IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, Architecture for Humanity Chicago, the West Humboldt Park Planning Commission and West Humboldt Park Housing Authority collaborated to kick off a series of projects planned for the West Chicago Avenue community. 16 high-achieving High School students donated over a week of their time to revitalizing a community garden, and the communities farmer's market.
NEXT BIG ONE - An International Open Ideas Competition
Date Started: August 2013
Date Complete: October 2014
Phase 1 - Research
August 2013 - June 2014
Phase 2 - Competition
Competition Launch - June 30, 2014
Registration & FAQ Deadline - August 31, 2014
Submission Deadline - Sept 30, 2014
Winners Announced - October 31, 2014
Recent major natural disasters have brought into question the abilities of global cities to confront imminent high-magnitude earthquakes. Combined with the risk of tsunamis, these disasters can be catastrophic and dramatically alter cities, including functional and social routines. This has consequently prompted the design community’s recent preoccupation with “disaster resiliency.” Is your city prepared for the “Next Big One?” How can design help cities be more resilient?
The objective of this single-stage open-ideas competition is to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence; rather than a disaster response or recovery plan.
Phase 1 is a Research Platform that familiarizes the general public and competition participants with this natural disaster. Phase 2 is the International Open Ideas Competition that aims to generate ideas on designing for disasters.
With the support of the other organizing bodies, AFH-Vancouver launched the NEXT BIG ONE competition in June 2014.
Designers were challenged to propose innovation solutions that satisfies the following criteria:
1) Exemplify INNOVATION in disaster design,
2) Promote COMMUNITY RESILIENCY before and after disasters,
3) Meet the MULTI-HAZARD PARAMETERS for the worst-case scenario.
Launched the summer of 2014, the “NEXT BIG ONE - An International Open Ideas Competition” raised awareness on the high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. The competition received entries from every continent (except for Antarctica).
Designers were faced with a challenge to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence. The judges, Stephen Cassell, Susan Gushe, Eileen Keenan, David Scott and Doug Smith, convened on October 25th to evaluate the entries. In the end, a Design Professional team was awarded the Design Professionals Award of CAD$3000, and a Student team was awarded the Bing Thom Emerging Designers Award of CAD$1500. Three Honorable Mentions from each category were recognized also for the merit of their intervention and for their contribution to the discussion on designing for disasters.
WINNING AND RECOGNIZED ENTRIES:
BING THOM EMERGING DESIGNERS AWARD:
Revive the Moat
Yoshihiro Kaneko / Tokyo, Japan
The judges appreciated the seductive and beautiful presentation of this entry. The modular solution responds to multiple issues: wave energy, water desalination, landslide prevention. However, its beauty at the micro scale undermines the beauty of the natural landscape at the macro scale. The entry would benefit from further development on how the intervention can be deployed in the natural environment in a more respectful manner.
Felix Cheong / Toronto, Canada
Jakub Senkowski, Agata Palach, Monika Chrapczynska, Teodor Michalski Katarzyna Klimasz / Krakow, Poland
submission video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TurI27JfEmc
Marina Polets, Irola Andoni, Karolina Wieja, Dariusz Dziwak Adam Mierzwa / Krakow, Poland
DESIGN PROFESSIONAL AWARD:
Grant C. LaBossiere, Joseph G. Orobia / Winnipeg, Canada
This entry addresses resiliency at the macro scale using passive means to remediate habitats and mitigate disasters. This entry demonstrated that the repairing of the existing ecological system, regenerating the waterfront, would benefit the city at multiple scales of economies. Rather than relying on new technology, the success of this entry lies in its use of the infrastructure of nature, which has proven to be resilient. Furthermore, the judges felt that this proposal was comprehensive and articulate, and that the design was clear, simple and intuitive.
Alejandro Iglesias, Enrique Martin / Madrid, Spain
Andrea Pauletich, Stephano Cova, Caterina Spangher / Trieste, Italy
Daniela Sanchez Saez, Albert Castejon / Barcelona, Spain
Architecture Research Office
Scott and Scott Architects
Bing Thom Architects
City of Vancouver
Stephanie Chang, The University of British Columbia School of Community & Regional Planning
Susan Herrington, The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Neal Lamontagne, The City of North Vancouver
Denise Liu, Edison & Sprinkles
Tamsin Mills, The City of Vancouver
Sean Pearson, RUFproject
Leslie van Duzer, The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Andy Yan, Bing Thom Architects
Project Lead: Arthur Leung
Krista Jahnke, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
Matthew Lahey, Intern Architect AIBC (AFHv Trustee)
Linus Lam, Architect AIBC MAA MRAIC (AFHv Trustee)
Heather Stuart, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
Mira Yung, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Bing Thom Architects
The City of Vancouver
The Los Angeles chapter of Architecture For Humanity partnered with LALESA, Inc., a Los Angeles based non-profit organization founded by Sandra Burga, to provide design services for a town in the Peruvian Amazon recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2005. Known as the folk music capital of Peru, the city of Lamas has a rich history of indigenous people who speak the Quechua language. Unfortunately, the earthquake destroyed many poorly constructed structures built of mud and has hurt many low income residents. Without resources local children are also losing their sense of culture and ability to speak Quechua. However the city is determined to grow, rebuild, and educate their community. This is where our team is most helpful.
Our mission was to provide a Cultural Center for the City of Lamas to help educate the community and display its diverse culture to the outside world. The city is in need of a flexible building to house educational programs, cultural events, and tourist information. The city has already seen increased visits from "eco-tourists" looking to explore hidden gems such as Macchu Picchu, and expects its tourism industry to expand by double in the next decade. In order for it to recover and grow it must benefit from this increased exposure.
After completing the design in March 2013, the team has now shifted its attention to raising funds and making sure this gets built. We look forward to speaking with anyone that is able to help!
Sandra Burga firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Sarratori email@example.com
For more information please visit: http://lalesa.org/
To coincide with the London publication of Design Like you Give a Damn2 in May 2012, the London Chapter held an event called Ideas on a Postcard, Please, as a way of celebrating and demonstrating the design process. We posed a question: "What would you do to make London a better place?".We printed stacks of blank postcards which we distributed to members of the public as well as architects, designers, artists and students and asked everyone to send them back with their answers.We received over 250 with inventive, imaginative and intriguing sketches, drawings and text. We exhibited these postcards at the Space Fiftyfour Gallery in Shoreditch during a week long event packed with talks, presentations, workshops.Two years on we are currently developing a few of the ideas further. We hope to fund these through Space Hive, a UK based crowd funding site.
DETROIT-O-POLIS :: PLAY, PARK, LEARN [the city] is an architecturally-designed, Detroit-based monopoly, for kids of all ages. An interactive installation that experiences the city through play. The city becomes a playground, a game of chance and design, challenged and redefined (each time) by the movement of players and building pieces.
This project was designed, constructed, and played as part of the Detroit Design Festival 2014.
The project would establish a new community center for all the people that has difficulties to live and integrate in the urban tissue. Especially focusing on young people and new graduates, facilitating them launch entrepreneurial activities in the historic center.
The activity aims to re-use existing abandoned containers transforming it into temporary shelter for homeless. Specifically containers will provide a roof and some basic amenities including cooking system, water, electricity, beds and blankets to the illegal immigrants in the area.
The project aims to install a series of air quality check sensors in the altane, the traditional top roof terraces in Venice. In the last decades there was a growing number of health problems growing statistically that may depend to air pollution. With a peak in the very latest years, corresponding to the growing number of big cruise ships. Installing sensors and connecting data on a central repository, allows to distribute to citizen a free reference of the quality of the air in town in real time. And if the air is clean, we can use altane to celebrate parties and events. Otherwise we will regularly complain with authorities.