Rai Studio’s earthquake-resistant housing prototypes for Afghan refugees

January 21st, 2013  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rai Studio's earthquake-resistant housing prototypes for Afghan refugees

Iranian architecture firm Rai Studio recently completed a series of adobe housing prototypes in Kerman intended for Afghan refugees and communities affected by last year’s major earthquake in East Azerbaijan, in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity and the Norwegian Refugee Council. The earth-based structures are the result of a research project on social sustainability led [...]

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Container Housing in Onagawa

May 7th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Container Housing in Onagawa

Shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, we heard about Shigeru Ban’s plan to build a multi-storey temporary housing in Onagawa. Completed nearly 9 months later in November 2011, the complex was deemed a success, with claims like “residents are so satisfied with their interim accommodations that they have [...]

The two islands of ever-struggling Haiti

March 21st, 2012  |  by Nazanin Mehregan  |  published in Featured, Internships 2012

The two islands of ever-struggling Haiti

In this series, students document their experiences during the internships in 2012. Scattered across the globe, they are reporting from places like Haiti, South America, Africa, Mongolia and Japan. ———————————— Nazanin Mehregan reports from Haiti and her internship with Architecture for Humanity. It’s called the monkey bird, at least this is what the people from [...]

Team Japan Blogs from Nagaoka

March 7th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Internships 2012, Student Blog

Team Japan Blogs from Nagaoka

Our students Ella Chau, Wan-Ting Chiang, John Holm, and Tommaso Sacconi are currently in Nagaoka, Japan for their internship with architect and earthquake disaster prevention expert Norio Maki, guest professor of the course who participated in our Rebuilding Japan conference back in December. Make sure to follow their updates here on the student blog and [...]

Rebuilding Japan: Guest Professor Norio Maki

January 11th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rebuilding Japan: Guest Professor Norio Maki

Just before the holiday, our students took part in a workshop led by Japanese architects experts in disaster reconstruction. Professors Norio Maki of Kyoto University’s Research Centre for Disaster Reduction Systems, Masahiro Sawada of Nagaoka Institute of Design’s Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, and Ikuo Kobayashi of Kobe Yamate University shared their expertise gathered [...]

Rebuilding Japan Conference featured in El Pais

January 10th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rebuilding Japan Conference featured in El Pais

Rebuilding Japan Conference 12 Dec 2011, COAC, Barcelona. From left to right: Ikuo Kobayashi, Masahiro Sawada, Toni Casamor (COAC), Giovanna Carnevali (masters director), Moriko Kira, and Norio Maki Following our open conference Rebuilding Japan: Lessons in architectural response held in December, Spain’s leading newspaper El País covered the event in this article, laying out the [...]

Haitian Wisdom for Aid Buildings | Patti Stouter

August 9th, 2011  |  by admin  |  published in Blog

Haitian Wisdom for Aid Buildings | Patti Stouter

For those working on reconstruction in Haiti, researching buildings for aid or simply studying vernacular architecture, here is a great resource created by the building designer and landscape architect Patti Stouter. As she describes in her Haiti Rewired profile, she has experience designing inexpensive buildings in Haiti and parts of Africa, and is working to [...]

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