[SF Chapter] March Meeting Notes

(AFHSF) Continuing our response to the January announcement of AFH HQ’s closing, the SF Chapter has taken the opportunity, over the past two meetings, to assess our ongoing local role in the Public Interest Design space. This month was focused on leadership structure. In a nutshell: Matt Baker, Chapter Director, takes us through the eight-year…

Around the Bay: Humanitarian design rockets into 2015

(AFHSF) It’s been a buzzing 2015 already around the Bay Area for celebrating humanitarian design, in nonprofit and private practice alike! Here we touch on the panels, parties and fora highlighting great work by architects, planners and engineers for San Francisco and Oakland, and Haiti as well.  SPUR: New Plans For New Areas Among the…

Honest future architecture, Haiti

Last October, the second phase of a school opened in the Bel Air neighborhood of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The new spaces – four classrooms, a kitchen and multipurpose dining area, an admin building and a composting toilet bloc – were nestled beneath a dramatic single-pitch roof and impermeable vaulted ceilings. The corrugated uppermost plane deflects beating sunlight and encourages air to flow between…