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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Architecture for Humanity

There’s a lot of information on the internet, as well as blogs like purse lip square jaw that deal with the built urban environment, urban space, architecture, technology and urban life in general from a fairly academic point of view. Of course most of this information pertains to cities in the context of western, developed models of urbanization. So it was great to come accross an initiative today like Architecture for Humanity.

Architecture for Humanity is an international NGO founded to promote architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. South Africa is set to benefit from the NGO - their 2004 Summer Design Competion involves calls for a design for a soccer facility in Somkhele in KZN. In many African countries sporting activities, particularly soccer are being incorporated into programs geared towards helping young people to address a broad range of issues facing their lives. The Somkhele facility will be run by professionals from the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. It will serve as a gathering place for youth between the ages of 9 and 14 including the first ever girl’s soccer league in the area. The pitch will also act as a tool to disseminate HIV/AIDS information and will eventually provide a service point for a mobile health clinic.

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