The White Building was once an ambitious housing estate - today claimed by a community of genocide survivors, families, social workers, local business people, university students and civil servants who call it home. Read the case study >
A $3000 house that could withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families in Cambodia. Open Embrace is one of the three winners of Building Trust international's Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia Competition. Read the case study >
If urbanization is a process through which social mobility is encouraged, education offered in the Community Centre provides an opportunity for individuals living in Thon Mun Village the mobility to enter other industries apart from agriculture. Read the case study >
To those unaware of its history, the Centro Financiero Confinanzas looks like any other unfinished skyscraper, located in the financial district of Venezuela's capital. Over the last 20 years, it has been vacant, then became home to more than a thousand families - who are now being evacuated. Read the case study >
In the scenario of participatory design, architects no longer work just as designers, but also as grassroots facilitators. They thrive on the complexity of kampung conditions, self-consciously avoiding previous governments' methods that involve eviction and the relocation of residents to high-rise towers. Reported by Muhammad Kamil from Indonesia.
The pedagogical approach of critical design within the studio BUDD and specifically how it's played out within the fieldtrip project addresses design challenges from the perspective of the community and offers the possibility to work holistically on real life challenges and contradictions. Reported by Jennifer Cirne.
We have been inviting our insightful members, collaborators and partners to recommend books to our online bookstore - must-read, practical, thought-provoking books to learn about the history and to inspire the future of sustainable community practice
A community in Manila, where many suffer from depression, reminds us that architecture is only part of the solution to creating healthy, sustainable communities and that we mustn't forget the invisible systems. Reported by Shareen Elnaschie of DRRlab.
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