Over the last year Architects Without Borders-Oregon has been working on a design for the School for Deaf Children in Les Cayes, Haiti. The schematic design is now complete and as we move into phase II of this project we need additional volunteers. Can you help us with design development and construction documents? Come to our general meeting where current team members will review the progress and challenges of this project and bring potential new volunteers up to speed. Refreshments will be served. Doors open 5:45 PM, AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209.
AWB-Oregon's school projects in developing countries often include a well with a hand pump that serves the neighboring community in addition to the school. The pump is typically surrounded by a concrete apron, but overflow water creates mud and erosion in the immediate area. Our February charrette will look for ways to improve the wellhead area, considering design issues such as:
Controlling mud and erosion around the wellhead
Capitalizing on the well as a community resource by making it a comfortable gathering place
Facilitating the queuing process
Managing overflow water for useful purposes
Architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, NGO representatives, students, and others are invited to participate. Bring your favorite tools: sketch pads and pencils or computers and VR glasses. Non-designers who have experience using community water sources are especially needed to contribute to our brainstorming process.
Thanks to the generosity of Danish director Boris Bertram, Architects Without Borders-Oregon is pleased to present The Human Shelter at our holiday open house. The Human Shelter (55 minutes) premiered at the 2018 Copenhagen Architecture Festival. Filmed in nine countries across four continents, it explores how we construct the story of our home, whether home is a refugee camp in Iraq or a glacier shelter in Iceland. Please join us for food, drink, conversation and the screening of this poetic journey, "an expedition into what makes a home."
Join us to help design a masterplan for the expansion of the Withergreen Foundation Nursery and Elementary School in Gardnerville, Liberia. All interested architects and designers are invited to participate in this charrette. We plan to form a project team from those who attend, but a commitment to the longer-term effort is not necessary for participation in the charrette.
The non-profit Withergreen School is an existing institution currently serving 250 students in Gardnerville, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia's capital and largest city. The expanded school will accommodate as many as 600 students on a campus that is situated a compact site in an existing neighborhood. The expansion will include additional classrooms, a community hall, library, science and IT lab, landscaped outdoor recreation space, and space for gardening and agricultural arts. More information on the site and facilities is available here.
AWB’s design team for the School in the Marshes competition will present their recent submission to the 2018 Dewan Award for Architecture. We will also introduce and recruit volunteers for AWB’s newest project, the design of a masterplan for the Withergreen Foundation Nursery and Elementary School in Gardnerville, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia. Doors open at 5:45 PM for drinks and light snacks.
Our energetic team of volunteers has been moving forward on the design of the School for Deaf Children (Les Cayes, Haiti) and will be giving an updated presentation and progress report on this project. As the team progresses through design development toward structural review, on-site improvements have already begun. The team will share their revised scheme along with marketing graphics and another interactive VR walk-through to support further project fundraising. Doors open at 5:45 PM for drinks and light snacks.
Join Architects Without Borders-Oregon at KPFF to participate in a charrette for the Dewan Award for Architecture Competition. For 2018 the challenge is to design a school to be built in the marshes of southern Iraq. All interested architects, designers, landscape architects and engineers are welcome to attend. We plan to form one or more project teams from this group, but a commitment to the longer-term effort is not necessary for participation in the charrette. Before attending please review the project brief, site photos, maps, drawings, FAQs, and other information here: http://www.dewan-award.com
Doors open at 5:45. Refreshments will be served. PLEASE NOTE MEETING LOCATION!
AWB-Oregon volunteers from the fields of architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscape architecture have been working on a design for the School for Deaf Children in Les Cayes, Haiti. The project deadline is early June. Come to our meeting, grab a drink and a snack, and give the team your feedback! Doors open at 5:45 PM.
This meeting kicks off a yearlong focus on the topic of resiliency, and asks: As governments work on resiliency of infrastructure and institutions, and individuals and families make their own disaster plans, how can we engage our neighbors in a discussion of preparedness? Can we prepare for emergencies by pooling resources and tools through neighborhood-level tool libraries? Where can such facilities be housed and sited?
Architects Without Borders-Oregon has invited organizations and agencies such as the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Public Schools, Northeast Portland Tool Library, Mercy Corps, and Parents for Preparedness (P4P) to discuss shared goals and how AWB can partner with them to build stronger communities. This new project will need volunteers with skills in areas such as graphics, community organizing, marketing, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Doors open at 5:45 PM. Refreshments!
This charrette kicks off AWB's design work for The School for Deaf Children, an institution that will be located on the outskirts of Les Cayes, a town on the southern coast of Haiti. The school will include classrooms for 60 students, dormitories for 48, and living quarters for six adults and additional visiting teachers. We plan to select a project team from those who attend, but commitment to the longer-term effort is not necessary for participation in the charrette. If you are interested in the charrette, please review the site plan and design program. NOTE MEETING LOCATION!
Please join us at the AIA Center for Architecture (403 NW 11th Ave.) for our holiday open house featuring an array of refreshments, festive drinks, and a 19-minute film about the work of award-winning architect Diebedo Francis Kere of Burkina Faso: "Francis Kere: An Architect Between."
This month Architects Without Borders-Oregon is hosting the AIA Emerging Professionals Happy Hour. AIA's EP Committee works to "further the professional development of all Associate AIA members, students, and architects licensed under 10 years, through fellowship, education and supportive networking." Whether you're an emerging professional or someone at any career stage who can talk to young professionals about engaging with AWB-Oregon teams and projects, you're welcome at this event! Happy Hour is FREE. View the Event page and RSVP at the ticket link.
Matt Leavitt, AWB Steering Committee member and designer at Hacker, will speak about his experiences in Arusha, Tanzania where he worked with other volunteers and local craftsmen building a children's foster home under the auspices of Real Architecture Workshop. RAW organizes design/build experiences for students and young architects in locations around the world. Doors open at 5:45. Refreshments!