StitchWorks brings together artists from all over the US to fund house construction in Rwanda via art making. Our artists will design fabric patterns inspired by African textiles, and our supporters will be able to purchase prints on paper and fabric. The funds raised will be used to build Masoro village in Rwanda (see page [...]
Help us to construct 50 houses with Dushyigikirane a women’s association in Masoro,Rwanda. We need your help to build the first prototypes. You can donate in any amount, but here are some suggestions.
1. Earth Bags $50
2. Avacado Trees $20
3. Mango Trees $20
4. Earthen Bricks $50
5. Latrines $100
6. Water Tank $200
In September of 2011 Yutaka Sho and Michael Beaman ran a two-week workshop for architecture and engineering students at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology that examined the wall as a surface of embedded forces and a location of interfaces. We examined how program, material, structure, assembly, and culture all play a role into the conception and construction of walls.
GAC held a fundraiser art auction to benefit [ Japan Society ] , at Studio-X New York, 180 Varick St, Suite 1610, New York, 10014 on Saturday, April 30th from 6pm – 10pm. The silent auction had food, drinks, an opportunity to meet artist and a chance to contribute to a great cause. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO FIND OUT MORE!
Occupying the seam between land and water the warming hut provides shelter from the elements of winter conditions; and as such, a moment of re-pose along the Assinibone skating trail. The shelter is composed of two material effects – protection and transmission. A whitewashed wood outer shell shields individuals from the southeast wind and snow, and the inner shell composed of molded ply-wood welcomes a number of seated positions.
Bangladeshi social reform efforts have led to the development of a new university to educate and empower women. PDRP (a Boston based architecture firm) along with Yutaka, Jessica and Michael from GA|C developed a strategy for both individual buildings and the campus proper. The first building for the campus is to offer a discrete program of English language and science education, plus housing and facilities for both faculty and students.
The Camera Obscura Project was a proposal to create a space where children in an underserved neighborhood could document and change the images of their own community. GA|C worked with a local educator, Steven Mahan to develop a site adjacent to the future home of the Community Technology Center in the Near Westside neighborhood in Syracuse, NY where Steven would be teaching.
Our interpretation of the term “disaster preparedness” envisions joint effort from various participants of the city – commercial interests, government and relief agencies, designers of the physical environment and our neighbors. The design proposed to transform big box parking lots to disaster shelter sites, and it received the 3rd place in the competition: (link). Yutaka worked on the project with PDRP in Boston.
The idea of a highway to transport goods and services, linking communities through ever-shortening distances has vaulted the economy of the Central Valley, California. Unfortunately, by promoting cars at the expense of other forms of transportation, it has also been a primary catalyst in the degradation of the Valley’s environment and community vitality. The proposal for the Central Valley Greenstop acknowledges both the vulnerability of the environment and technology’s evolving ability to protect it.
The owner of a small inn and restaurant in the southern Sudanese town of Kapoeta approached GA|C to design a multi-purpose functional room. The owner hoped to increase their income by this additional amenity so he could build a school for his home town. Our solution – the skeleton scheme – internalized the structure in order to maximize the light and access to the garden.
Housing in New Orleans has always been more than shelter alone. The small scale of existing Creole and Shotgun housing typologies fostered close social ties between family and community. But now that the city’s 19th century residential fabric has been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, there is both an opportunity for new development typologies and a desperate need for highly dense and affordable housing blocks. In this GA|C proposal we examined the nature of survival and community in a singular strategy to achieve residential density. read more…
The GA|C project, “Tirana Local,” examines the possibility of strategic infrastructural reuse intended to support public, commercial, and cultural development in the Albanian capital of Tirana. Utilizing an existing vacant train station situated at the terminus of a formal axis designed by Mussolini’s architects, GA|C re-interpreted the station as a destination within the city, rather than an abandoned threshold to the city. The exhibit is part of the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale taking place in Venice, Italy, from August 29 to November 21, 2010.
Artshelter serves as a temporary artist gallery, part of the annual Austin Arts Festival in the summer months (the competition for which it was designed) doubles as a homeless shelter during the winter months in Austin. The temporary outdoor homeless shelter system can be constructed to make a 10’ x 20’ or 10 ’x 10’ housing unit; and each shelter system can be assembled and aggregated to make larger configurations for a single large community, as well smaller configurations to accommodate multiple distant communities. The shelter system allows for 14 points of articulation and connection and can be constructed and configured by a 2 person crew.
The Association Dushyigikirane is a cooperative founded and operated by the widows in Rwanda. Based in the rural his village of Masoro, 20 km outside of the capital Kigali, Dushyigikirane’s 800 members run more than 10 economic and social service projects – the Dushyigikirane’s orphanages, dairy farm, fishery, bakery, and basket weaving projects benefit not only its members, but the entire village of Masoro.
As part of an AIA NY competition GA|C proposed an architecture / landscape architecture hybridized system for redevelopment on Roosevelt Island. Unlike central park which acts as a island within its urban condition Roosevelt Island is literally one. The island has a rich history of pastoral relief for the city and by way of its physical separation has yielded an interesting history of social solitude. Key to this solitude is a feeling of other-worldliness in comparison to the 5 borrows
Gecekondu are informal squatter settlements that occupy the majority of urban peripheries in Turkey. In Izmir, 50% of the population lives in gecekondu. As in many conservative communities, women do not have formal public spaces in gecekondu.
The project proposed a network of small public work spaces for women along the steep stairs. The stairs led to a new soccer field located between the old informal settlement and the new government housing in order to bring these communities together.