housing

Bill's Design Talks: Haiti Panel


Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian will moderate a discussion with Atim Oton, co-founder of the Black Design News Network, and Amy Wilentz, author and journalist, about the design implications and opportunities arising from disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Among the efforts discussed are the "Haiti Cultural Recovery Project," which focuses on the rescue and safeguard of works of art and culture that were harmed or under threat due to damaged buildings and the plan for new housing in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti, earthquake, disaster relief, Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, housing, Port-au-Prince, Richard Kurin, Atim Oton, Amy Wilentz, panel, talk, long, public program

Case Study: Community Upgrading in Bangkok, Thailand


This discussion is centered on Thailand's Baan Mankong Community Upgrading Project, a particularly successful example of housing improvement, land-tenure security, and infrastructure development that places slum communities at the center of the upgrading process.
Cities with the other 90%, Exhibition, UN, United Nations, Bangkok Thailand, Baan Mankong Community Upgrading Project, housing, infrastructure, Cynthia Smith, talk, long, public program

Ascendant Public Architecture


Public architecture in South America put North America to shame. There’s something about the emerging Latin American countries that promotes viable, scalable, building projects that can transform a neighborhood, even a city – for everyone.
Design for the Other 90% Cities, Exhibition, Architecture, public, South America, Latin America, resources, Medellin, Colombia, instititutional, building, Santiago, Chile, housing, social, Elemental

Straw and Earth


An energy-efficient straw bale house is being built on the Mall, across the street from the US Capitol. Natural builders from around the country converged on Washington DC to construct the straw shelter and a bamboo shade structure. 
straw, bale, house, Mall, Washington, DC, natural, Green, builders, Rose Morin, Builders Without Borders, strength, simplicity, buildings, eco-house, US Botanic Garden, One Planet- Ours, sustainability, displays, Exhibition, United Nations, Environment Program, Department of Energy, DOE, construction, climate, Finland, Mexico, insulation, waste, energy, reduction, materials, cost, housing, shortage, solution, appropriate

Voûte Nubienne Affordable Housing


In sub-Saharan Africa, traditional building techniques are no longer feasible; due to increased deforestation use of timber for roofing and posts is not viable
Africa, sub-Sahara, building, architectural techniques, traditional, deforestation, feasible, materials, timber, local, roofing, posts, adaptation, Sudan, Asia, West Africa, affordable, low-cost, housing, alternative, Voute Nubienne, Nubian Vault, mud, bricks, sun, construction, vaulted, communities, Earth Roofs in the Sahel, Association La Voûte Nubienne, option, imports, Burkina Faso, training, entrepreneurs, apprentice, Mali, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast

Salvage Shed


Many families are still crowded into one-bedroom FEMA trailers even 2 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast. The Building Goodness Foundation has been providing relief to these cramped conditions building extra rooms for storage or a living room, even an extra bedroom.
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Gulf Coast, disaster, FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, trailers, housing, shelter, shed, space, Building Goodness Foundation, relief, conditions, Mississippi, Pearlington, Brad Guy, Bryan Bell, Sergio Palleroni, materials, demolished, reuse, re-use, Design Corps, Summer Studio, students, community, Matt Abel, tools, storage, Billy Ray Raine, salvage, salvaged, showcase, alternative, solutions, local, immediate, needs