OK children, gather ’round as I tell you about the great charitable orgainization called Architecture for Humanity. So sit down, and listen closely.
The main purpose of Architecture for Humanity is to seek architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings professional design services to communities in need. They believe that where architectural and construction resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference, one building at a time. The organization was founded on April 6, 1999 by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr in response to the need for immediate long-term shelter for refugees from Kosovo returning to their home country after the region’s bloody conflict. After hosting a series of open design competitions, the organization started taking on a number of built projects, pairing local communities with design professionals to develop a ground-up alternative to development and reconstruction.
Architecture for Humanity provides pro-bono (yup, everyone’s favorite price of FREE) design and construction management services and funding for projects all over the world. They focus on promoting humanitarian and social design through multiple partnerships, advocacy and education-based programs. The organization seeks to foster public appreciation for the multitude of ways that architecture and design can improve the lives of the local populace. Today, Architecture for Humanity has built over 2,000 structures that have positively impacted approximately 2 million people across the world.
“Architecture for Humanity represents the finest of the new breed of architectural leadership, employing architectural skills and directing them for the larger good. Committed, unapologetically architectural in name and mission, Architecture for Humanity stands up for people in need.”
~Robert Ivy, editor of Architectural Record
Below is a image from ArchDaily (courtesy of their great graphic designer Megan Jett) taht chronicles Architecture for Humanity’s history, purpose, accomplishments, and additional information in probably the most universal way of communication possible: PRETTY PICTURES!! Enjoy!
[Thanks ArchDaily & Megan Jett]