The design phase is coming to an end. The Drawing Package has been approved and signed by the team members - Instituto da Criança, FIRJAN and Architecture for Humanity - and I'm about to finish packing and wave goodbye to Rio. The construction of the 12 first housing units is almost finished and we're expecting to start building the Sports and Recreation Area in December. It will be summer by then, so I'm expecting lots of volunteers to oversee the construction.
While the design is moving forward, the media has started to show interest in the disaster recovery project that is happening in Petrópolis. A reporter visited our site yesterday and asked for images of the Project to be published in Rio's most important newspaper next Sunday. I'll keep you posted!
The Architecture for Humanity design team is currently working on the schematic design for the Vale do Cuiabá - Sports and Recreation Area. A few options are on the table and now the team is debating about which option will be further developed.
Virtual meetings are taking place while we working simultaneously from Brazil and San Francisco. Special thanks to Caio de Mello Franco, architect from FIRJAN, who is leading the design of the housing units and has been a great support in Brazil.
Nathaniel Corum, Education Outreach Coordinator for Architecture for Humanity, is back stateside after leading a 3-week workshop with graduate students at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Master of International Cooperation, Sustainable Emergency Architecture. The students performed initial site and facility program development studies. Thanks to all their hard work!
We are currently identifying sites safe from heavy rains and will build to international siting and structural standards. Another severe rainy season in Brazil this year emphasizes the need for vulnerable communities to recover safely and sustainably.
How's this going to happen? Architecture for Humanity is currently recruiting designers who will, while based in Brazil, work with local partners and stakeholders to lead all design phases for the project. The Rio Floods sports center (as it is tentatively known) is scheduled to break ground later this year.
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