August 2007 Newsletter

Earthquake in Peru : AMD Open Architecture Challenge

Dear readers,
It has been a devastating week for many of those affected by the 8.0 earthquake in Peru. It may also be a long week ahead for those on the Gulf for those living in path of Hurricane Dean, currently hitting the eastern shores of Jamaica. In this newsletter we are starting a reconstruction appeal for Peru and hope that you donate to help us provide sustainable rebuilding. Please forward this appeal to friends who might also want to help.

We are also updating you with further information on the upcoming AMD Open Architecture Challenge to design technology facilities in the developing world. This is a truly exciting initiative and we are looking forward to launching our first design competition in three years.


Cameron Sinclair
Eternal Optimist
Architecture for Humanity

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Donate to the Peru Earthquake Reconstruction Appeal

On Wednesday evening a series of earthquakes hit Central Peru. It was apparent that the magnitude of the quake coupled with the shallow depth of the epicenter would spell disaster of number nearby of towns. Unfortunately this quake struck at the same time that many were in church for an annual festival and in Pisco over 85% of the towns homes have been destroyed.

By this weekend the death toll has reached 500 and aid is just getting through to the hardest hit areas. Is Architecture for Humanity responding?

Yes, with your help. As an organization we focus on long term reconstruction, which typically begins four to six months after a disaster. Over the past 8 years we've learned that its best to get involved after the relief phase as design and construction professionals can make a more meaningful contribution at that point and can be a burden before then.

However people don't donate six months down the road, only when it is in the media or talked about at the dinner table. If you would like us to get involved we urge you to make a donation today and help us provide funds for long term rebuilding.

In the last 24 months Architecture for Humanity has responded to Hurricane Emily, with temporary shelters in Grenada, after the South Asia Tsunami, with a series of housing, transitional school and community building solutions in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and after the Kashmir Earthquake, where we supplied architectural and engineering support. Since October 2005 we have worked on transitional structures in Bay St. Louis and Waveland, MS, helped to build sustainable homes in East Biloxi, MS and supported the inception of community design centers in Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, LA.

Peru in pictures - BBC | CNN | embedded image credit: AP

How Do You Help

To help provide sustainable building solutions to communities affected by the earthquake in Peru please make monetary donations by mail or online. Regional offers of architectural and engineering support are also accepted.


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The AMD Open Architecture Challenge

We are counting down the days in the office for the launch of our next international architecture competition. We are even more thrilled as the sponsor, AMD, has provided funding to build one of the winning solutions. We are in the process of writing the project brief and design and technology criteria. If there are any universities or colleges interested in using this competition as a semester studio please contact us for details.

Competition Timeline

Wednesday, September 12, 2007: Competition Launch
Tuesday, January 15, 2008: Competition Submission Deadline
January 23-27, 2008: Selected Entries displayed at the World Economic Forum, Davos
April 2008 : Winning Design Announced
July to December 2008: Construction begins of winning entry
December 2008: Building Opening

Thank You - Community Partner Review Board

This initiative will have a real client, real site and real needs. Last month we held a request for proposals for community partners for the AMD Open Architecture Challenge and to our astonishment we received over 115 entries. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe local communities put together some amazing proposals and our review board spent weeks working to narrow down the field to the final selection.

We'd like to thank the following who took part in the community partner review process;

Dan Shine, AMD; Gina Panza, AMD; Steve Howard, AMD; Sandeep Ashok, AMD; John Bacus, Google; Shannon Bassett, University of Southern Florida-Tampa; Emily Privot, AFHSF; Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions; Brandon Keim, Worldchanging; Sara Boettiger; Curt Beckmann, Appropedia; Catarina Fake, Flickr/Yahoo; Scott Mattoon, Sun Microsystems; Michael Patterson, AFHLA; Lloyd Alter, Treehugger; David Zaks, Dan Toole, UNICEF; Josh Ellis, Worldchanging; Erik Charas, FDC Mozambique; Mariana Amatullo, Art Center; Cynthia Barton, AFH NY; Jonas Chau; Darlene Molnar; Phil Weilerstein, NCIIA; Bill Browning, Terrapin /Bright Green; Jim Manico, Codemagi; Samara Spence AFH Austin; Nicolas Thibodeau, AFH Montreal; Ophelia Wilkins and Nathaniel Corum, Indigenous Community Enterprises; Sonali Patel, Souris Hong-Porretta; Taylor Milsal; Cat Laine, AIDG; Max Zahniser; Nicholas Gilliland, OMA; Jenny Gurney and Michael Grote, AFH Gulf Coast and Cameron Diaz.


Construction Supervisor in St. Lucia, South Africa
We are looking for a 6 months on-site construction supervisor for a sports facility and health docking station in St. Lucia, South Africa. In partnership with Mpilonhle, the Siyathemba project, is set to break ground in the next 2 months and we are looking for an experienced construction supervisor who will work on-site and report back to the site architect, East Coast Architects in Durban.

Design/Construction Fellowship in Biloxi, Mississippi
This 3 to 6 month fellowship is to support the Program Manager in all aspects of Architecture for Humanity's Model Home Program, which assists families in the Biloxi area in rebuilding or rehabilitating their houses, including project planning and management, scheduling, estimating, material procurement, coordination with designers and contractors, and volunteer coordination with Hands On Gulf Coast.

To apply for either of these positions, please email a resume and digital work samples (PDF) to: Stacy Sabraw at No phone calls please.

Upcoming Events

August 19, 2007 - Lighten Up, San Francisco
Architecture for Humanity San Francisco and Urban Re:Vision is going door to door replacing 1000 residential light bulbs to energy-efficient CFL bulbs on a block in the bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. This initiative will save block residents over $15,000 in electricity bills. Interested in helping?

12pm, August 23rd - Neocon Xpress, Los Angeles
I've already explained to one of my friends - this is not the leaving party for Karl Rove and I'm not going to be the Stephen Colbert of his roast. Neocon Xpress is the West Coast edition of the Merchandise Mart Neocon Trade Fair. The event takes place at the LA Convention Center and we will be giving the keynote talk on the 23rd. The night before I'll be a judge on a live design face-off between Gensler, Interior Architects, Langdon Wilson and Hirsch Bender Associates.

August 31st 6pm-9pm - Architecture in the City Opening Party, Dzine, 128 Utah Street, San Francisco
Join AFHers at the kick-off party for San Francisco's first and only architecture and design festival. Participate in the world's first Live Architecture Competition (with an open bar) hosted by the Open Architecture Network. register here for a ticket for the heavy price of $0

Winter 2007 Lectures/Events

September 12th - AMD Open Architecture Challenge launches
September 12th - Sustainable City Development, Malmo, Sweden
September 13th - Idea Festival, Louisville, KY
September 17th - HOK Canada, Toronto, Canada
September 20th 1pm - Google, Mountain View, CA (tbc)
September 20th 5pm - West Coast Green (panel), San Francisco, CA
September 29th - AFH SF BBQ and Model Block presentation, Bayview, SF, CA

October 10th - Rice Design Alliance, Houston, TX
October 11th - AIA NY Heritage Ball, New York, NY
October 11th - Polytechnic University, New York, NY
October 17th - UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

November 7th - Greenbuild 2007, Chicago, IL
November 12th - University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
November 14th/15th - Steelcase, Grand Rapids, MI


September 6th to November 9th, 2007
Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

September 13th to 15th, 2007
Wired NextFest, Los Angeles, CA

October 13th, 2007 to January 19th, 2008
Architecture for Humanity, The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO

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