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…

Avoiding the Next Disaster

(Huffington Post) As we pick up the pieces after the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado — and honor the deceased — we’re getting figures now that this tornado, while not the most powerful recorded, may possibly be the most expensive in U.S. history. We at Architecture for Humanity, like many, pause and wonder at how much damage…

Village of Maeami-hama celebrates new community house

(Architecture for Humanity) On February 24, 2013, the residents of the fishing village of Maeami-hama, on a secluded inlet on the Pacific coast of Tohoku, gathered to celebrate the opening of its new community house. The fishermen and their families invited Tokyo-based designers KMDW architects and project coordinators Architecture for Humanity Japan (in Ishinomaki as…