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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…

NEWSFLASH: workshop deadlines extended June 20, 2014

Distracted by the football and worried that you wouldn’t get your workshop application in on time? No fear, we’ve extended the deadlines for both the Change by Design workshop in London, UK and the Resilience by Design worskhop in Cartagena, Colombia to 30th June, to give you a bit more time to read up about them, and apply. Here is a brief reminder about the workshops: In London, building on participatory design tools developed in previous Change by Design workshops…

ASF at The Eden Project June 16, 2014

In 2011 ASF designed and built a post disaster bamboo shelter in the tropical biome at the Eden project which was intended to survive at least a year, however three years later and propped up in several places it was time for a refurbishment. We first began by inspecting the bamboo and inner tube shelter and soon realised it needed rebuilding as it shortly collapsed after weight was added to the deck.  We disassembled the structure and noticed the untreated…

Challenging Practice course gets RIBA CPD accreditation June 13, 2014

The ‘Challenging Practice | Essentials for the Social Production of Habitat’ course that was jointly developed by ASF-UK, ASF France, ASF Italy, ASF Spain and ASF Sweden has recently been awarded RIBA CPD accreditation.  The course can count towards core curriculum learning and is covered in the Core Curriculum Subject: Where people Live: Communities, Urban and Rural Design and the Planning Process.  All four stages of the course are included in the accreditation, therefore attending one of our upcoming workshops…

Catch the Oxford Brookes/Unit D student exhibition in London this month June 11, 2014

Unit D is one of the vertical design studios within the School of Architecture for undergraduate students at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.  The Unit operates within the broader context of architectural education, which is subject to constant questioning and debate about its relevance both to the profession and to our wider society. It is situated both as a critique of the orthodoxy of architectural education and as an alternative of that orthodoxy. The Unit approach encourages students to…

Upcoming Change by Design workshop in London May 18, 2014

ASF-UK is happy to announce the 5th installment of the Change by Design workshops. In September 2014, ASF-UK will be teaming up with Citizens UK and diverse groups of local stakeholders to explore the impact of large-scale development and regeneration in London on local communities. Building on participatory design tools developed in previous Change by Design workshops in Brazil, Kenya and Ecuador, we will be generating community designed scenarios which seek to bring about positive outcomes of the proposed High…

Upcoming Resilience by Design workshop in Colombia May 12, 2014

ASF-UK is happy to announce an upcoming Resilience by Design workshop in Cartagena, Colombia in September 2014. The Resilience by Design methodology addresses the need for bottom up sustainable development approaches that respond to the many interrelated risks facing disadvantaged communities. The focus area of our upcoming workshop is the area of Tierrabaja in La Boquilla, on the outskirts of Cartagena, an area is characterised by the presence of a unique mangrove ecosystem and inhabited by Afrocolombian groups who hold…

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