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ASF International launch fourth and final stage of Challenging Practice Course January 11, 2015

Architecture Sans Frontieres International have just launched the fourth and final stage of their Challenging Practice course. The course is an independent learning programme initiated in 2012 by an Architecture Sans Frontières partnership involving ASF-UK alongside other members of ASF Int. The programme seeks to enable architects and other built environment practitioners to engage reflexively with the challenges of ‘international development’ in the urban global South. Building on the participants’ own professional background, the programme offers resources and ongoing support for self-reflexive…

Our thanks to Mel as she resigns as General Manager November 28, 2014

Today was Melissa Kinnear’s last day as General Manager, after more than 7 years in this voluntary position. The organisation is where it is today because of Mel’s energy, drive and determination, and the personal time that she has invested in ASF-UK. She has been involved in all aspects of the organisation, and has inspired and enabled others to progress within ASF-UK, gaining experience and taking on responsibility. Although Mel is stepping down as General Manager, and will be sorely…

Upcoming Change by Design workshop in South Africa November 25, 2014

Re-imagining regeneration through participatory design in Cape Town   ASF-UK is pleased to announce the upcoming Change by Design workshop in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2015. Change by Design is a series of international workshops, exploring participatory design as a tool for advocacy and socio-spatial transformation in marginalised urban areas, in collaboration with grassroots organizations, local NGOs and governmental agencies involved in slum upgrading and housing rights.  The focus of our upcoming workshop is the neighbourhood of Woodstock,…

Invisible Flock performance: Bring the Happy October 5, 2014

Recently I went to a performance called ‘Bring the Happy’. It was a show – of sorts – derived from asking people to map, describe and rate a happy memory. How wonderful, I thought, to be able to spend your time recording and celebrating the ‘good stuff’. Turns out half the audience were in tears by the end and even a seemingly positive question, can be intrinsically linked to an element of sadness if that precious part of your life…

View the first outputs of the Change by Design: London workshop! September 29, 2014

The following posters were produced during the workshop Change by Design: Collective imaginations for contested sites in Euston, and exhibited at an open event held at St Mary’s Church, Eversholt Street, on 16 September. The exhibition documented the methodology and findings of the participatory design workshop, which took place in September 2014. The aim of the workshop was to support the creation of community-led scenarios seeking to bring about positive outcomes of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail link in the…

Follow the workshop in Colombia as it unfolds September 6, 2014

The ASF-UK Resilience by Design team are about to set off for Colombia, in order to arrive a few days before the start of the upcoming workshop, which will be running from 10th – 20th September. The team and workshop participants will pilot a methodology using participatory design and planning as a means to formulate community-based guidelines for the development of an initial PAT (Plan Administrativo del Territorio/Territorial Management Plan) for Tierrebaja, one of 22 settlements in the beach/mangrove ecosystem…

Challenging Practice: start Stage 1 today and sign up to do Stage 2 in November August 3, 2014

Have you heard about Challenging Practice and want to know more? Challenging Practice is specifically targeted at built environment professionals with an interest (and no prior knowledge/ experience) in the challenges that are impacting on the human development of billions of people across the world: rapid urbanisation, scarce resources, poverty, vulnerability and natural disasters to name a few. ASF-UK is now a member of the RIBA CPD Providers Network, and Challenging Practice (all 4 stages) has been accredited as an…

LAST CHANCE: workshop in Colombia July 22, 2014

We have a few remaining places for the Resilience by Design worskhop in Cartagena, Colombia, so apply now to secure your place. Here is a brief reminder about the workshop: Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK), and Fundación por la Educación Multidimensional (FEM) are working together over the next 2 years to assist 22 local communities living in the beach/mangrove ecosystem of Cartagena, Colombia to each produce a Plan Administrativo del Territorio (PAT, Territorial Management Plan) for their individual settlement. The PAT…

ASF AGM 2014: FLY ON THE CEILING July 8, 2014

by Beatrice Munby   I first became involved with ASF in 2010, after working for 10 months with their Indian partner SEEDS as an on-site architect/engineer/clerk of works/QS for their schools rebuilding & retrofitting project in Orissa.  However, for the last couple of years, my ASF membership has waned as I worked towards qualifying as a registered architect in the UK.  Full of ‘post-Part-3’ reflections, I decided to go along to ASF’s AGM at MUF’s office in London on Sunday…

The Social Networks of Place June 26, 2014

An integral component of any architectural design that seeks to be appropriate and sustainable should be a strong connection to, not only the individuals, but the community networks that populate its locality. As part of my PhD research I used Social Network Analysis to explore the value of social connections for different identities forming community groups in Kenya. I asked community members to map their social networks and to explain the different actors which formed them, their role and how…

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