Architecture for Humanity is not merely a title or a brand or a group as some may know it; Architecture for Humanity is a message. It is hope, bubbling from a profession that knows it can contribute much more to improve how people live. This message drives many emerging designers to accomplish fantastic altruistic feats with empathy and patience. Whether it be with barely a livable wage, in isolating circumstances, or even in their own back yards, designers are joining communities armed with the tool of design, discovering issues and turning them into opportunities, and in the process empowering communities.
A few miles from the Pacific Ocean just south of Ecuador, the small town of Piedritas, Peru just created a new home for its one hundred students. What happened in Piedritas was not merely construction but an exploration of engagement, empowerment, fun, and inspiration, all through the process of making a building. Motivated by the mission of Architecture for Humanity, Design Fellow Jesus Porras was the drive and sweetness that drew everyone together, expanding the definition of an architect on the lamb. Santa Elena de Piedritas School, hitching a ride, with a catch… student idea for boat project donated time for finishing and installation Bottle cap project http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/sites/default/files/active/48/Teodoro… Working Cap murals around campus Cap murals around campus Cap murals around campus Cap murals around campus
In March 2012, Architecture for Humanity initiated a partnership with Enel, Europe’s second-largest utility company and a provider of sustainable energy around the world. The program, facilitated through Enel’s foundation, Enel Cuore Onlus, is designed to build capacity in rural and urban areas affected by considerable poverty and social disadvantage.