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Residence for Shamoly & her Family in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Provide contemporary living & working environment suitable for Shamoly and her family who will also operate a small retail enterprise on the ground floor of the residence. Bathroom facilities to be provided within an outbuilding as locally appropriate.
This project will provide a safe and sustainable home tailored to the needs of Shamoly and her family. The design will take into account the family’s domestic needs as well as providing space to accommodate Shamoly’s small business. It is our understanding that Shamoly, her husband and their two children currently reside in Savar, which is an Upazila of Dhaka District in the Division of Dhaka City, Bangladesh.
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Architecture for Humanity will carry out this work directly through our Dhaka Chapter to ensure that an appropriate local response is achieved and that the relevant statutory requirements are met. We will put together a local team of design professionals to provide full architectural services from concept to construction completion.
In addition to taking advantage of modern sustainable design techniques the team will employ vernacular design methods to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the local climate, culture and materials. This strategy will also consider the overall lifespan of the building and resistance to local natural risks such as floods, storms and cyclones.
The finished building will demonstrate exemplary design techniques and act as a replicable open source solution capable of inspiring other local builders. This single family dwelling will serve as a case study.
We have recently started an ongoing project team dedicated to disaster resilience. Currently in the planning stages, we aim to position ourselves for action in the event of a disaster. As the project develops, we expect to host at least one event per year highlighting the efforts of this team.
Architecture For Humanity Lisbon has established a partnership with the Team MEDSReactionLx, in order to help revitalize Graça (a historical community in Lisbon). ReationLx will be hosting a 15 days international workshop in August (03-18), with actions that will involve architecture, design and photography.
AFH Lisbon will collaborate in two ways:
1)- we are creating a team that will help at weekends, from 27 April to 28 July, with several activities in order to guarantee that everything will be operational for the workshop. If you want to participate in the workshop JOIN US!
2)- AFH.Lisbon is candidate to become tutor of one of the actions/projects during the international workshop (03-18 August) to help Graça Community.
HOW CAN YOU BE PART OF THIS SYNERGY, and join a team of hundreds of designers from different nationalities, linking your knowledge, creativity and skills to contemplate the problems that affect Graça district in Lisbon:
1. You can integrate the AFH.Lx team that will be helping with the logistics from May to July. Join Us, as a retribution AFH.Lx will be holding 7 low cost "participant enrollments" for the workshop that will take place in August, and one of them can be for you (instead of 240€, you will only have to pay 160€).
2. If you cannot integrate AFH.Lx team to help in the logistics, you can nevertheless participate in the Workshop as a Tutor, or as a Participant, but you will have to pay the 240€. For more details about being a Tutor or a Participant, and about the Actions/Projects to take place during the Workshop, please visit: http://reaction.com.pt/take-part.php. For more information on this subject please contact the Reaction Team: http://reaction.com.pt/contacts.php.
3- If you want to participate/contribute without paying, there is a way: you can be a part of the logistics, helping in everything needed before and/or during the workshop. But you will not be able to participate in the projects.
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While we are still working so that Lisbon's Cerebral Paralysis Assoc. can receive their new 'Green Meeting Space', Architecture For Humanity Lisbon proudly announces the partnership with the project 'Follow Us, Follow Life'. a challenge of four young volunteers from different nationalities that have decided to give more to the world, in a journey of volunteer support to communities in need in Africa.
These friends will collaborate with local NGO's, and every time they find situations in which we can make a difference through sustainable design (shelters, schools, markets, etc), AFH Lisbon will be called to take action. So, stay tuned! We will call for your help.
Meanwhile, these 4 volunteers launch a request worldwide: if you can help with financial support (for food they will share with local communities, fuel, etc.), you can by making a donation (bank transfer): PT50 0010 0000 4926 4820 0012 5. We underline that this bank account belongs to Follow Us, Follow Life's Team, and not Architecture for Humanity Lisbon.
For more info on this project, check out the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TaGvWQxuPes - and visit the facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/FollowUsFollowLife
Re-Fab is a partnership between Canada Place and AFHv to repurpose the fabric from the old Canada Place sails for new uses.
The Haiti Rebuilding Center run by Architecture for Humanity coordinates and collaborates with local professionals, educational institutions and other organizations on long-term Haiti reconstruction programs.
AFHv in conjunction with the Haiti Rebuilding Centre has the opportunity to repurpose the fabric from Canada Place for humanitarian purposes in Haiti.
AFHv conducted extensive research and development in order to produce practical detailing methods and procedures for utilizing the fabric.
Specific environmental concerns our team took into consideration include:
Tropical lightening, rain and thunder storms
Harsh sun conditions
When examining existing construction methods, the AFH reported that local builders do not spend a great deal of time focusing on attention to detail. Concrete is a typical material choice as wood is rare and expensive.
Our team is continuing to develop a handbook illustrating various fabric utilization techniques, fit for an array of implementation methods that enables the on-the-ground team in Haiti to quickly design and implement solutions to problems they encounter daily. An exploration of details include: footing, wall assemblies, fastening, canopy systems, water collection. We are coordinating with the AFH Haiti representative to ensure our development is in line with issues they are facing every day.
Project Lead: Mira Yung
Linus Lam - AfH Vancouver
Brett Ferguson - AfH Haiti
Fabric material generously donated by Canada Place in Vancouver, BC
The exhibition "Imagine the city: Pyrgos 2013" as well as the parallel events, is organized by Architecture for Humanity Athens, based on a platform designed by Imagine the City, a collaborative interdisciplinary scheme of people and institutions which develops projects on the form, image and culture of the greek cities.
Students, architects, urban planners and citizens of the area, are exhibiting their ideas and projects (architectural, artistic, planning) on the whole county of Ilia and challenging the locals to imagine their cities and area.
On a parallel level to the main exhibition, various other events are happening in the week 16-25 May in Pirgos and Amaliada area.
The 1 Burrows Pocket Park, located in the diverse, working-class neighborhood of Portola in San Francisco, will transform an underutilized cul-de-sac into an attractive, green public plaza.
Running east-west, Burrows Street is nearly one-mile long and abuts the retaining wall of US Highway 101 on the eastern edge, where this project is located. To date, the project site and surrounding area have been a dumping ground for rubbish and gathering spot for vandals and illicit activity, creating an unsafe environment for neighborhood residents and students at the Martin Luther King Middle School less than two blocks away. The project is part of an on-going effort to revitalize and stabilize Portola's commercial corridor by increasing cleanliness, working with property owners to fill vacancies, providing support to existing merchants, promoting the shopping district, attracting resources for physical improvements and by building community pride and empowerment.
The pocket park is a working blueprint of a comprehensive, community-led effort for revitalization and will set a precedent for future public space improvement projects for underutilized spaces throughout the City of San Francisco. This greening project will offer a lasting and significant legacy and contribution to the people of San Francisco.
The support of the following organizations will help ensure that the project is environmentally and financially sustainable:
Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee, a group of neighborhood merchants, property owners and residents of Portola.
The landscaping plans of the project have been the outcome of a direct collaboration with the Portola Garden Tour Association. This non-profit group holds an annual neighborhood garden tour.
Herrero-Boldt and Arup Engineering are providing professional pro-bono services.
The project has received support and endorsement of the City of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
San Francisco Department of Public Works
Caltrans, the state agency that owns the land on which the project is to be built.
Engaging DC Architects: Resilience by Design was established to pursue the integration of design professionals within the DC metro area’s disaster response framework. The initiative encompasses all phases of disaster response and seeks to educate and inspire the design professional. Please visit the Updates and Files tabs to learn more.
Interested in getting involved with Resilience by Design? Email us at: DisasterResponse@afh-dc.org!