News - Clinics to Africa - 2003.0115 Clinics to Africa by ArchitectureWeek Although solving the global AIDS crisis may be beyond the scope of architecture, a young nonprofit has demonstrated that architects can apply their skills to help with this intractable humanitarian problem. Architecture for Humanity has recently concluded a competition for the design of a fully equipped, mobile HIV/AIDS health clinic. The top-ranked project is by Mikkel Beedholm, Mads Mandrup Hansen, and Jan Søndergaard, of KHRAS Architects, from Virum, Denmark. Second place went to students Brendan Harnett and Michelle Myers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The third-Place award went to Heide Schuster and Wilfried Hofmann of Dortmund, Germany. The "Founder's Award" was given to Gaston Tolila and Nicholas Gilliland, of Paris. Architecture for Humanity is a volunteer, nonprofit organization founded by Cameron Sinclair in 1999 to promote architectural solutions to global humanitarian crises.
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www.asitespecificexperiment.com Big Dig House / Single Speed Design | ArchDaily the best of Architecture The Big Dig House by Single Speed Design reutilizes materials from the Big Dig. In that aspect, it´s a remarkable example of recycling in architecture. Project description by the architects after the break. Architects: Single Speed Design Location： Lexington, MA, USA Programme： Private House Completion year： 2008 Site Area： 1,784 sqm Constructed Area： 353 sqm Photographs: Single Speed Design As a prototype building that demonstrates how infrastructural refuse can be salvaged and reused, the structural system for this 3,400sf house is comprised of steel and concrete discarded from Boston’s Big Dig utilizing over 600,000 lbs of salvaged materials from elevated portions of the now dismantled I-93 highway. These same components however are capable of carrying much higher loads than standard building materials, thus easily allowing the integration of large scale planted roof gardens.
Firmitas.org container house containerbay There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books. Selected projects utilizing shipping containers. Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho. Back to top of page Useful linksIf you have any relevant links let us know Container Sources Shipping containers are widely available - here are just a few of the many sources: Technical Resources Books