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AWF Newsletter No.9 - March 10

AWF volunteers working against the backdrop of the Himalayas.

NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS  |   GET INVOLVED  |  VOLUNTEER PROFILE  |  VIETNAM UPDATE  |  NEPAL EXPEDITION  |  ANGANWADI UPDATE

▼ news & announcements

◄ giving to AWF just got easier

AWF was recently granted fundraising registration in NSW and Victoria.

Exciting news is that because of this we now have secure credit card facilities on our website, so that donations and supporter funds can be made directly through credit card, rather than having to do bank transfers. Please make use of our easy-to-donate facility! This secure facility is powered by GiveNow.com.au.

▼ get involved

AWF is looking for committed volunteers to fill the following roles:

AWF Website Support Volunteer

AWF is seeking a volunteer to assist with website updates. This can be done via email and would require one to two hours a week.

The successful applicant will ideally:

  • Have experience in editing website content in Joomla or be quick to learn.
  • Work with AWF staff to update web content.
  • Be flexible - the work load will vary significantly from one week to the next. Sometimes there will be changes that need to happen quickly, but there may be weeks at a time with nothing to do.
  • Need to collaborate and liaise with the webmaster, AWF office staff and other volunteers.

To apply please fill out this form.

AWF Newsletter Support Volunteer

AWF is seeking a volunteer to assist with editing our quarterly online newsletter. The newsletter is sent to members, partners and whomever else for the purposes of promoting AWF events, providing timely information about AWF activities and providing project updates.

The successful applicant will ideally:

  • Work with AWF staff to compile and edit text and images according to a schedule. The editor does not have to generate the content.
  • Have experience in editing specific to digital media and producing for a HTML format newsletter and website.
  • Need to collaborate and liaise with the webmaster, branch representatives and AWF office staff and other volunteers.

Production happens on a 4 week production schedule (with some flexibility), and the position would generally take approximately 2 hours per week, but would require a greater time commitment up to 4 hours in the week prior to publication. Due to the volunteer nature of AWF some degree of flexibility will be needed with regards to delivery of material for editing.

To apply please fill out this form.

Summer Internships

AWF had a huge amount of organisational help from four interns over the summer break. We thank greatly: Menno Hoffmann, Brenton Beggs, Ayes Sudhakar and Adele Townsend. They were all dedicated volunteers for two to three days a week over December and into January. Their work is much appreciated by AWF.

▼ volunteer profile

Ayes Sudhakar
Student at Monash University: Arts(Spanish) / Commerce

I wanted to volunteer for AWF mainly to get insight into how a not-for-profit works in Australia. I heard about AWF when I saw a presentation in an special lecture at university. The responsibility of helping alleviate poverty and achieving MDGs needs to be spread out to people of all backgrounds, and this is exactly what I saw in AWF’s work. In my volunteering, I assisted with many different tasks; from researching fundraising license applications to printing and filing various AWF Project documents. I do not come from a design background, but felt that I was able to make a valuable contribution to the running of the organisation. If I can make the time, I will definitely come back and volunteer with AWF during the year.

▼ vietnam update

Measuring site boundaries | brick factory in Dien Ban | Colin and Ro Schroeder from Kianh Foundation | Measuring site boundaries

Paul von Chrismar, from BURO Architecture + Interiors recently returned from a site visit to Dien Ban. BURO is working pro-bono with AWF and the Kianh Foundation to design the Dian Ban Disability Day Centre, which will commence construction in 2010 through a grant from RMIT University.

BURO Architects first started working with AWF on the Dien Ban Disability Day Centre back in early 2009. The Dien Ban project aims to provide a purpose designed education and health facility for children with disabilities in Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, Central Vietnam.

For BURO the design process has been a unique one, and has highlighted the often complicated nature of community development projects such as several changes to site location and the need to work remotely.

My trip to Vietnam back in early December was to visit the confirmed site, to meet with those involved with building the centre, and to get an understanding of the community this building will serve. It was my first visit to Vietnam, and although I have travelled through other parts of South East Asia I found Vietnam to be very unique. I experienced an openness and honesty from the people in Hoi An that was heartening. I could see in the people I met a real pride in being Vietnamese that seemed to form the backbone of the strong culture of Hoi An. It was a warm welcome.

My Hoi An site visit allowed the design to be work-shopped with the team that will run this facilty and within the context of the region it will serve. The collaboration with Colin and Ro Schroeder from the Kianh Foundation was invaluable to the design process. It gave me a thorough understanding of local conditions, and our visits to building sites and suppliers around the area added a layer of reality to the design which could not have been done at a drawing board back in Melbourne.

Another unique aspect I have found working on remote projects is the concentration of the time spent on site and the focus applied. When you are on site with a single task in mind it enables you to focus strongly on that task and the design takes on an immediacy that is not found on more conventional projects. As an architect I find this immersion whilst on a site so far from the drawing board can drive a design process which is more real and honest.

As well as working with the Kianh Foundation, BURO will be assisting AWF with an RMIT University studio in January 2010 that forms part of the overall project. We look forward to developing the project over the coming months particularly through the collaboration with RMIT students at our workshop in late January.

▼ nepal expedition

In Gosshing: Drywall construction | painting doors and windows | sawing timber beams | timber framing

For the fourth year AWF joined with OzQuest for the Nepal expedition over 4 weeks from 28 December to 24 January.

This year two groups including architects, students and landscape architects from across Australia and overseas participated in the expedition. Four Nepali architecture students from Nepal Engineering College, sponsored by Hayball Pty Ltd Architects, also joined the expedition.

After two introductory days in Kathmandu, followed by a long bus ride, we arrived at Bhulbhule - a small village at the start of the Annapurna circuit. From here the groups hiked to the villages where they were to work – Gosshing and Siurung.

In Gosshing we completed more work on a school that was commenced during the 2008 / 2009 expedition – working alongside local tradesmen assisting with drywall construction, timber work and painting. We were welcomed into the community and enjoyed tent accommodation and warm hospitality.

In Siurung: Excavation of footings | drywall commencing | building formwork for concrete | final day on site

Both groups participated in the construction work in the village of Siurung, working on the construction of a new kindergarten. Prior to departure design workshops were held to design the kindergarten. The design was modified on site due to the excavation works undertaken by the village and site conditions. In Siurung we assisted the local tradesmen in drywall construction, concreting, site set out and excavation.

On their return to Kathmandu the groups visited the Nepal Engineering college to see architecture education in Nepal and further build on ties between AWF, OzQuest and Nepal Engineering College. Future expeditions will see a greater involvement with Nepal engineering college.

Applications are now open for the Nepal expedition in December 2010 through January 2011. For further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

▼ anganwadi update

5 AWF volunteers have travelled to Ahmedabad since September 2009 for the second building season of the project. During that time, 2 volunteers conducted a very comprehensive post-occupancy report of Bholus 1-7 (which were completed between 2007-2010) identifying strategies for the 2010 building season. AWF volunteers, Jillian Hopkins and Jesus Porres–Montrasino are currently in Ahmedabad and will stay in India to oversee construction of the 3 current projects.

The AWF anganwadi project leader, Jane Rothschild, travelled to Ahmedabad in February 2010 to see the 5 anganwadi completed last season, meet with Manav Sadhna, and visit the Bholu 8, 9 and 10 sites.

Bholu 8

Bholu 8 is nearing completion and incorporates beautiful colourful woven screens of colourful ‘katlo’ (or woven panels used as beds in the slums) as well as a garden of donated plants, a swing, and a brand new septic system.

Bholu 9

Bholu 9 has been designed, documented and costed and will commence construction in the next few weeks. The pre-school is on a large site adjoining a public space and will also be used as women’s health centre. It incorporates a large water tank to collect roof water and a gray water filtering system which will serve as an educational model. A ‘pot wall’ has been designed for the rear wall as well as decorative breeze block ventilations systems for the school itself.

The purchase of the site for Bholu 10 is currently in the final negotiations.

◄ anganwadi fundraiser

Pictures from the Anganwadi Shakedown

Architects Without Frontiers and their friends met on Wednesday 9th December for the Anganwadi Shakedown - Indian inspired festivities to raise building funds for preschools in Ahmedabad, India. The event aimed to raise the $2500 needed to build one slum school but to our great delight the rowdy raffle, cover charge and fabulous silent auction helped to raise $3500!

Held at Cafe Lounge, volunteers transformed the venue into a tantalising taste of India, decorated with flowers, incense, hanging lanterns and hindu deities. The venue was generously supplied free of charge for the event. The relaxed evening was complimented by Coco’s spicey Indian music, a delicious beef curry, a host of amazing prizes and the generous good vibes of guests and sponsors (now listed on www.anganwadiproject.com).

Thanks especially to Jane (AWF) and Jodie (Bholu) for inspiring us, to Wendy and Sarah for superb organisational skills and to Meeray and Bel for supplying breathtaking artwork. Event organiser Jillian Hopkins is currently in India at the end of December to start work on anganwadi preschool number 10. If you are wondering “angan-what?!” check out www.anganwadiproject.com.

If you would like to make a donation please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

◄ anganwadi swim

Fahmi Ahmad-Yussof was a volunteer on the Anganwadi project in 2008/09. Although he was unable to volunteer this year he still wanted to make a contribution, so he raised funds for the project by completing a 1.6km open water swim at Rottnest Island in Western Australia. This raised $920 towards the Anganwadi project. Great effort Fahmi!

Fahmi’s swim to raise funds for the Anganwadi project.

 
AWF Newsletter No.8 - Nov 09

AWF is working with the Thamarrurr Development Corporation in Wadeye,
Northern Territory, on two projects. See the Wadeye Update for more information.

NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS   |   UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES  |   GET INVOLVED   |   CHAPTER MEETINGS   |   VIETNAM UPDATE   |   NEPAL EXPEDITION   |   WADEYE UPDATE   |   DATE CLAIMERS

▼ news & announcements

◄ continuing professional development

Architects Without Frontiers projects are now eligible to receive CDP accreditation from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). We will be working in future to develop these links and get more projects accredited. Please click on the links to see how you can get CDP accreditation and which AWF Projects are covered.

◄ new volunteers at AWF

Rowena John started working with AWF in March 2009 after spending time abroad volunteering in Mongolia. With a background in interior design, and placement with the Royal Academy in Copenhagen studying architecture, she is working with AWF to develop local awareness of our current and future projects. She has been undertaking postgraduate studies in interior design, focusing on user-centred design and sustainability, and has been running AWF’s bi-monthly meetings as the events coordinator.

Erin Torn-Broers “I’m am 21 years old and currently going into my 3rd year studying Architecture and Construction Management at Deakin University, Geelong. I have discovered while undertaking my design degree that I have passion for International Development and specifically improving living conditions in developing countries through sustainable design. I have recently been able to become involved as an intern with Architects Without Frontiers. This involvement has given me opportunities to become more actively involved in International Development projects and meet with some amazing and inspirational people. I will shortly be spending 2 months in India, Bhutan and Nepal, some of which time will be spent joining a construction team working in a remote village in Nepal, helping the local community to build a school through a project that AWF is affiliated with. In Australia I am currently becoming involved with an initiative to promote responsible design within Universities. I feel AWF plays an important part in promoting and educating the public about the importance of responsible design and development, and my involvement so far as a volunteer has been extremely rewarding on both a personal and professional level.”

See the Get Involved section of the newsletter for information about other volunteer opportunities.

◄ deductible gift recipient status

AWF was endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) on 30 June 2009 as an Ancillary fund. While we are still working towards full DGR status as an entity, this endorsement allows AWF to issue tax deductible invoices for certain projects when we are partnered with other DGR organisations. Currently DGR status applies to the AWF/RMIT project in Dien Ban, Vietnam. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to this project, please send us an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


▼ university representatives

University Representatives have been appointed at many universities following the call in AWF‘s previous newsletter. AWF welcomes:

  • Chris Prince, UWA
  • Kirsty Volz, QUT
  • Queenie Tran, UNSW
  • Ady Chen, UTS
  • Adele Townsend, Monash
  • Andreea Rus, RMIT
  • Megan Tynan, Swinburne
  • Helen Theocharous, Deakin

AWF also welcomes Loren Adams and Erin Torn-Broers who will be coordinating the University reps nationally. Julia Suh has been appointed as Research Coordinator, and Sarah Rickard, Lily Lim, Vanessa Sooprayen, Morsaleena Faruque, Kelly Harrington and Simon Hall will be working as Research Volunteers.

AWF received a high level of interest from many outstanding applicants and thanks those who expressed interest. If you are interested in a volunteer role with AWF, please see the notices in the Get Involved section.


▼ get involved

AWF has several volunteer roles available and is looking for committed people to take on the following roles:

Quantity Surveyor

AWF is seeking the pro-bono services of a Quantity Surveying firm to provide initial costing for two remote Indigenous projects in the Northern Territory: a business centre and an arts/cultural centre. The arts/cultural centre will be a renovation of an existing structure. The costing will be based on schematic design drawings.

Services are required by 15th December 2009 to complete scoping so that the community can apply for funding.

Please send enquiries or expressions of interest to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

University Representatives

AWF is seeking a contact person at the following institutions:

  • Curtin University
  • Oceanic Polytech
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Newcastle
  • Adelaide University
  • University of South Australia
  • Melbourne University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Charles Darwin University

You do not need to be studying architecture and students in any design stream will be considered. You will provide the link between AWF and others interested in the organisation at your institution. The time commitment will be a couple of hours per week.

Summer Internships
AWF is seeking three summer interns to make a meaningful contribution to our work and our community partners. This position would suit students and graduates interested in experience on project management, organisational development, marketing, communications, finance, event management and administration. Working in a voluntary part time capacity (2-3 days/week) in our Melbourne-based office, you will have the opportunity to work with AWF’s operations team on local and international initiatives.

Please apply by submitting this form by the 25th November.

Only AWF members are eligible for volunteer opportunities.

Online membership forms are on the AWF website – update your membership and details online.

Stay in touch with AWF via Facebook and Twitter. Link to them from our website homepage.

Don’t forget to add us to your email contacts so you can receive our emails. We currently receive many ‘bounce backs’ whenever we send out mail. If you add This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to your contacts, you will receive information from us.


▼ chapter meetings

In Sydney, Giuseppe Calabrese presented about mudbrick construction and technology in Australia, Italy and the Middle East. The talk was attended by 12 AWF supporters.

The Melbourne Chapter presented two talks recently as part of the Design + series. Design + Remote Indigenous Communities featured Martyn Hook discussing iredale pedersen hook architectsí projects in remote Western Australian Indigenous communities, and Garry Ormston talking about AWF’s work on an Arts and Cultural Centre in Gunbalanya in the Northern Territory.

At Design + Climate Change event, Dr Beau Beza spoke about sustainable practice methodology, focusing on two waste management strategies implemented in six villages at the Sherlo Monastery, Nepal. The strategies are necessary because of the increase in rubbish in the Mt Everest landscape. Dr Peter Fisher addressed urban forests, the effects of government policy on water conservation on urban green spaces, and the effects of this for climate change.

For information about upcoming Chapter meetings, please see the date claimers section of the newsletter.


▼ vietnam update

Vernacular shop houses in Dien Ban, 8km from Hoi An Photo: Deb Kunda;
Children at the Hoi An Orphanage. The Kianh Foundation trains teachers and runs educational programs within the government-owned orphanage. Photo: Lucinda Hartley

In October 2009, following the devastating Typhoon Ketsana, AWF staff visited partner organisation the Kianh Foundation in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam. Ketsana hit Quang Nam province with winds of up to 144 km/h and caused the worst flooding on record. The Kianh Foundation fortunately received only minor damage. AWF is working with Melbourne-based partner firm BURO architecture, RMIT University and the Kianh Foundation to develop concepts for a Disability Day Centre in Dien Ban, Quang Nam province. Due to a change of site location for the facility, and the recent impact of Typhoon Ketsana, the concept is being redeveloped. The new site is 6km from the tourist hub of Hoi An and located in a new development area in Dien Ban where 38 new residences are planned.


▼ nepal expedition

School under construction: Gosshing Kaulie and works site at Siurung

With departure just over two months away, details are being finalised for the AWF/OzQuest Nepal expedition. At least two groups of architects and architecture students from universities across Australia will participate in a four week expedition. They will be immersed in Nepali architecture and culture while contributing to the local community through community development projects. This year the architecture firm Hayball Pty Ltd has sponsored four Nepalese architecture students from Nepal Engineering College to join the expedition during the construction phase. AWF is continuing to develop a relationship with Nepal Engineering College and actively invest in architecture education in Nepal. Places are still available for the next trip to Nepal - please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at or phone 0407 823 569.

There will be two public talks at TIME, Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne on:

  • Wednesday 18 November from 6-8pm
  • Tuesday 24 November from 6-7.15pm

▼ wadeye update

Arts and Cultural Centre site visit

In July 2009 the Thamarrurr Development Corporation (TDC) asked AWF to provide sketch design and scoping services to the Wadeye Community, Northern Territory, for two projects: an Arts and Cultural Centre and a Business Centre. In October 2009, through the financial assistance of the Thomas Foundation and the TDC, four AWF volunteers travelled to Wadeye to carry out consultation with the stakeholders and inspect the sites for the projects. The AWF team for these projects is Esther Charlesworth, Garry Ormston, Mick Pearce and Rebecca Adams.

AWF will return to Wadeye in mid-November to present a first stage of design for the two projects to the community for feedback. Following feedback, the sketch design will be modified as needed, costed and included in a document that scopes the project including discussion of the sites, material availability, community capacity, cultural issues, local conditions and other relevant considerations. Thamarrurr Development Corporation will use this document to apply for funding to build both buildings.


▼ date claimers

Melbourne

Thursday 10 December – Combined AWF/EWB Christmas Drinks at 6.30pm, Yarra Yarra Rowing Club, Yarra River opposite Alexandra Gardens. Tix $15 (includes BBQ dinner) available online at Register Now or on the night. Enquiries, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday 16 February 2010 – The Melbourne talk series will resume at 6.30pm at Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne.

Sydney

Saturday 21 November – FOCHTA Fundraising Dinner
6.30pm til midnight
Mosman Community Centre, Cnr Short St & Myahgah Rd, Mosman
Dinner and drinks: $95 per head. Bookings essential. All proceeds will support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Malawi
A three course Provincial French Cuisine Buffet will be prepared by Chef Gooch Lee formerly of Bird Cow Fish Restaurant (Sydney) and Blue Fig (Melbourne). Evening Entertainment with Andrew O'Keefe - host of Channel 7’s Deal or No Deal and Weekend Sunrise, performances by the Sambalouco Samba Group and the Gerard Perringnon and Friends - Jazz/funk and soul.

Info: Beth Murphy
Ph: 0412 709 290
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
http://www.fochta.org.au

Thursday 10 December – ANGAN-What?! Festivities, fundraising and Bollywood

6pm til late in Surry Hills (venue to be confirmed – please contact us)

Join us for the Anganwadi Party and help raise building funds for pre-schools in India. A small group of AWF volunteers are aiming to raise at least $2500 being the cost of one pre-school.

Info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the project: http://www.anganwadiproject.com

AWF Supporters Planet Wheeler Foundation | Freehills | DGC Consulting | Allen Jack and Cottier | City of Melbourne AWF Patrons Gareth Evans | Phillip Adams AWF Board Esther Charlesworth | Jane Rothschild | David Anderson Advisory Board Rob Adams | John Fien | John Gollings | Norman Day | Davina Jackson

 
AWF Newsletter No.7 - Sept 09

AWF joined forces with Bholu in 2007 on the Anganwadi
project which raises funds to build preschools.

The Volunteer Issue

NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS  |   GET INVOLVED  |  NEW PROJECTS IN NORTHERN TERRITORY  |  PROJECT UPDATE - DIEN BAN  |  DATE CLAIMER

Architects Without Frontiers (Australia) is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation. Its mission is to provide Australian design expertise to communities, both within Australia and overseas, afflicted by social, environmental or natural disasters. Architects Without Frontiers (AWF) assists in the sustainable rebuilding of cities and communities in need, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. The AWF philosophy of design is to work collaboratively with the affected communities.


▼ news & announcements

◄ new volunteers at AWF

Thomas Trudeau joined AWF last month as the NSW Coordinator, based in Sydney. A heritage consultant, Thomas has worked in architectural conservation, planning and design in Sydney, Melbourne and the UK over the last five years, after completing a Masters in Architectural Conservation at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Prior to working in heritage conservation, he worked in public and private galleries in Italy and Australia. He is currently undertaking architectural studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Thomas is keen to assist AWF to grow as an efficient and productive organisation committed to providing and advocating sustainable design, throughout Australia and overseas.


Based in Brisbane, Linda Carroli also joined the volunteer team last month as the Communications Officer. With a background that includes journalism, the arts and community engagement, Linda brings a wealth of communications and consulting experience to AWF. She is experienced in broadcast, print and digital media, and is a widely published cultural writer and editor. With 20 years experience in cultural criticism, she contributes a regular column about urban innovation and creativity to Arts Hub. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in planning and working in an urban planning consultancy in social planning, project communications and community consultation. She is also the recipient of an Australia Council grant to undertake a cultural writing project exploring ‘place writing’.

See the Get Involved section of the newsletter for information about other volunteer opportunities.


▼ get involved

AWF Volunteers at the 2008 Sydney Architecture Festival

AWF is looking for committed volunteers to fill the following roles:

University Representatives  |  RMIT, Deakin, Monash, Swinburne, Sydney University, UTS

AWF is seeking a contact person at each university in Australia. You do not need to be studying architecture and students in any design discipline are encouraged to apply. You will provide the link between AWF and anyone interested in the organisation at that institution. The required weekly commitment will vary, but on average it is expected to be about 2 hours a week.

The role includes:

  • putting up posters and advertising local meetings of AWF, as well as AWF volunteer opportunities and competitions
  • hosting AWF talks within the university approximately once a year
  • distributing AWF flyers (or organising this to happen) at open days and similar events
  • providing information to people who are interested in the organisation
  • being available for a monthly Skype chat with other uni reps and AWF organisers
  • referring potential projects to AWF

Benefits for uni reps include:

  • the opportunity to gain experience in an international NGO
  • leadership development
  • being part of a leading Australian not-for-profit design organisation that is pioneering a model for designers to contribute to community development projects

Social Networking Coordinator
AWF is looking for a social networking savvy volunteer to keep our Facebook and Twitter profiles up-to-date. While this role does not involve a significant time commitment, it requires self-motivation and technical awareness.

Knowledge Sharing Coordinator
This role will facilitate the development of a database of best practice examples and ensure that AWF volunteers publish their knowledge. This is a leadership role intended to develop AWF’s sharing capacity and has potential for a high level of self-determination.

Desirable skills (although not essential!) for this role are:

  • ability to develop online sharing capacity
  • oversee and coordinate a group of volunteer researchers
  • ability to implement a WIKI system for data sharing
  • some sort of systems architecture knowledge
  • ability to seek out and research links with likeminded organisations
  • research experience
    • Research Volunteers
      AWF is looking for volunteers to research our focus countries and regions. Researchers will also collate the information into handbooks. AWF will require research about the following countries and regions:

      • India
      • Vietnam
      • Nepal
      • Fiji
      • Papua New Guinea
      • Sri Lanka
      • Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory

      The type of information you will be researching includes:

      • Materials
      • Technology
      • Cultural Appropriateness
      • Climate
      • Health and Safety Issues
      • Possible partner organisations within the countries

      Only AWF members are eligible for volunteer opportunities.

      Online membership forms are on the AWF website – update your membership and details online.

      Stay in touch with AWF via Facebook and Twitter. Link to them from our website homepage.

      Don’t forget to add us to your email contacts so you can receive our emails. We currently receive many ‘bounce backs’ whenever we send out mail. If you add This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to your contacts, you will receive information from us.


      new projects in the northern territory

      An aerial view of Wadeye in the northwest of the Northern Territory

      AWF is preparing sketch design and scoping documentation for two projects in Wadeye, in the Northern Territory. Wadeye is located 200km southwest of Darwin, on the western edge of the Daly River Reserve. AWF volunteers will be traveling to the remote community later this year to consult with community members about a Cultural Centre and a Business Centre. The sketch design and scoping document will be used for funding applications to be lodged by the Thamarrurr Development Corporation so that the projects can be realised. This project is partially funded by the Thomas Foundation. AWF is looking forward to partnering with the Wadeye community to support these cultural and economic development initiatives.


      ▼ dien ban disability day centre - project update

      Disability Day Centre in Dien Ban, Vietnam

      RMIT University (RMIT) and RMIT International University Vietnam (RIUV) will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a purpose-designed Disability Day Centre in Dien Ban, near Hoi An in Central Vietnam. AWF has been working with the Kianh Foundation since 2008 to develop proposals for the facility. The Centre will meet pressing needs for some of the 800 disabled and disadvantaged children in the area and provide access to urgent health, physiotherapy and educational needs. The centre will include health facilities and classrooms, administration centre, dining areas and outdoor interactive play.

      The Kianh Foundation hopes to commence construction in 2010 and in January 2010 a group of RMIT students will work with AWF, the Kianh Foundation and the local community as part of the Building the Community Design Studio. The project also offers RMIT and RIUV students ongoing opportunities for cross cultural engagement, learning and teaching across a number of disciplines.

      A team from AWF first visited Dien Ban in November 2008 to undertake community consultation and prepare a scoping study. AWF now welcome BURO Architecture + Interiors, a Melbourne-based pro-bono partner firm, who are developing designs for the 1000m2 Day Centre. BURO have extensive experience in Asia and are working closely with the Kianh Foundation to develop design outcomes. Preliminary drawings have now been prepared and were recently costed by a local Quantity Surveyor. Now with a more tangible estimate of budget and scope of works, the project will be developed to meet the needs of the Kianh Foundation and the local community.

            


      ▼ date claimer

      Melbourne

      The next AWF Melbourne meeting will be held: Tuesday 15 September
      Loop Bar 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne  |  6-8pm

      Upcoming Melbourne dates:

      • Tuesday 20 October - Speaker TBA
      • Tuesday 17 November - Social event

      Sydney

      The next AWF Sydney meeting will be held: Wednesday 14 October
      AJC, 79 Myrtle st, Chippendale  |  6-8pm  |  Speakers TBA


      AWF Supporters  Planet Wheeler Foundation | Freehills | DGC Consulting | Allen Jack and Cottier | City of Melbourne AWF Patrons  Gareth Evans | Phillip Adams AWF Board Esther Charlesworth | Jane Rothschild | David Anderson Advisory Board  Rob Adams | John Fien | John Gollings | Norman Day | Davina Jackson

 
AWF Newsletter No.6 - May 09

Indlovu project, Monwabisi Park, South Africa

Welcome to the first edition of our online newsletter. We hope you enjoy the read …

NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS  |   GET INVOLVED  |  ANGANWADI PROJECT  |
INDLOVU PROJECT  |  AWF/OZQUEST NEPAL EXPEDITION 2008/09  |  VALE DENNIS SMALL

Architects Without Frontiers (Australia) is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation. Its mission is to provide Australian design expertise to communities, both within Australia and overseas, afflicted by social, environmental or natural disasters. Architects Without Frontiers (AWF) assists in the sustainable rebuilding of cities and communities in need, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. The AWF philosophy of design is to work collaboratively with the affected communities.

¼ News & Announcements

Ä new staff for awf

Lucinda Hartley will join AWF in May 2009 as the new Executive Officer, based in Melbourne. Lucinda is a Landscape Architect with extensive experience in international development and diverse project experience across Asia and the Pacific. For the past 14 months she has worked in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as part of the 2008 Australian Youth Ambassador for Development program and the 2009 Endeavour Executive Award where she worked primarily with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam on slum mapping projects, low income housing, appropriate technology and participatory design workshops. Lucinda has also worked with e Asian Coalition of Housing Rights in Cambodia, post-tsunami reconstruction projects in Thailand and she was recently elected to the UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board.

Lucinda will work with AWF to coordinate current and new projects and regional programs in Asia Pacific. Lucinda will also assist with design workshops and the running of the organisation. Lucinda is passionate about defining and implementing the critical role that designers can play in development. She looks forward to working with and learning from AWF staff and volunteers to grow the organization and to encourage design professionals generally to contribute to sustainable design solutions for other 90%. Please do not hesitate to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

¼ State of Design Festival

Have you got a spare two hours? AWF are preparing a design installation for the State of Design Festival in Federation Square, to be help form 15-19 July 2009. The installation entitled ‘Shelter Stories’ seeks to engage professionals and the public in a conversation about urbanisation the Millennium Development Goals and global shelter needs.

We’re asking AWF members to come and be a part of this exhibition. We’re putting together a team of volunteers to help construct the installation in June. We will be assembling the components off-site on Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 June. We’re asking people to sign up for a two-hour block on one or both of those days: 10-12am, 1-3pm or 3-5pm. Let Lucinda know when you can help, or email to discuss further: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

¼ Get Involved

AWF NSW Chapter is now looking for a volunteer co-ordinator. Do you have some time? Are you the person?.

AWF/OzQuest 2009/10 Nepal Expedition is looking for volunteers.

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¼ Anganwadi Project

Interior and exterior of Bholu #7

In mid-November 2008, Jodie Fried, founder Bholu Pty Ltd and Jane Rothschild, AWF Project Director spent a week in Ahmedabad meeting with AWF volunteers, surveying sites and meeting with the builder and setting up the volunteer program with Manav Sadhna.

Since that scoping visit, six AWF volunteers have travelled to Ahmedabad for periods ranging from three weeks to five months. During that time, the AWF volunteers successfully designed and built five new anganwadi (pre-schools) which have now all been completed. Bholu’s 3, 4 5,6 and 7 have since been decorated and inaugurated and the children and teachers are well settled in the new schools. The funds for the construction of these schools were donated through the generous support of the City of Melbourne.

There were three teams of volunteers during that period. Melbourne architect Leeanne Marshall stayed in Ahmedabad from November to March, and oversaw the AWF Bholu Anganwadi project as project leader in India, supervising the design and construction of all five of the anganwadi and the project volunteers.

AWF volunteer Harrison Gardner also arrived in Ahmedabad in November and is currently still living and volunteering with Manav Sadhna in Ahmedabad. Harry is the AWF liaison with Manav Sadhna and helping coordinate the next volunteer program which will commence in Sept 2009 through to March 2010.

In late January 2009, a team of three more AWF volunteers, interior designers Adele Winteredge and Renae Tapley and architect Fahmi Ahmad arrived in Ahmedabad, designing Bholu 7. They raised $1500 of the funds for construction of Bholu 7 through fundraising efforts in Australia.

Architect Simon Hearn went to Ahmedabad for a month in February, designing and completing Bholu 6.

AWF project volunteers 2008–2009 From left to right: Leeanne Marshall, Project Leader; Harrison Gardner, Project Liaison; Paul Tilse; Simon Hearn; Adele Winteredge; Ranae Tapley; and Fahmi Ahmed.

Whilst the brief for each school is similar and very simple (involving a classroom and a toilet with washing facilities), each of these anganwadi has developed a unique character reflecting the input of each team of volunteers, the use of recycled materials, the nature of the site and community input as well as the decoration and landscaping. Each new AWF team has also implemented improvements to the existing schools by exploring new materials, better ventilation and sun shading techniques, water collection and even the creation of an organic garden.

One of the most satisfying changes has been the replacement of asbestos roof sheeting (which commonly used in the slums) with a new roofing product made from recycled Tetra packs (juice boxes) which is manufactured locally in Ahmedabad. The product was donated to the project by the company and has proved to have better thermal properties than asbestos. Other initiatives have involved better lighting through the introduction of louvered windows, the additions of verandahs in Bholu 2 and 3 for rain protection and sun shading, a water tank and stone sun shading for windows and the introduction of gaps between the roof and walls in Bholu 6 for better airflow and heat extraction as well as an organic garden in Bholu 7. Stone lintels for doors and windows have also been introduced as lintels were not commonly employed in slum buildings.

The AWF Bholu Anganwadi project is currently in the process of assembling teams of volunteers for the period from September 2009-March 2010. We hope to design and build another five schools during that period. Through the feedback of the previous volunteers, we have now expanded the program so that volunteers will stay a minimum of six weeks in Ahmedabad. This change will better improve the experience of the volunteers to see a project through to completion. But more importantly, the change will better address the needs of Manav Sadhna, the builder and the local community.

Click here for more details on this project or visit www.anganwadiproject.com.

¼ Indlovu Project

Design of a community building in Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha, Cape Province, South Africa

     

from left: Local children; rebuilding the creche after the fire;
AWF volunteers Zvi Belling and Lani Fender on site.

The Indlovu Project was established in 2005 and is supported by the Shaster Foundation. Entirely community driven to satisfy community needs, it forms the heart of the Monwabisi Park informal settlement. Before being destroyed by a fire in November 2008, the Indlovu Centre included a Montessori pre-primary school, a medical clinic, a youth centre, a guest house, a community learning centre, a laundry, a soup kitchen and a vegetable growing initiative. AWF was introduced to this project by the Planet Wheeler Foundation in January 2009, and two AWF volunteers traveled to Cape Town to consult with the community on site. As a result AWF has been asked to provide pro-bono services for the rebuilding of the Community Centre.

In addition to the Community Centre, there is also a plan for a long term partnership between the Shaster Foundation and AWF to scope not just the building, but the development of a four stage project which includes the Community Centre (stage 1), a water and sanitation block including 18 composting toilets, laundry facilities and accommodation for a caretaker (stage 2), the design and testing of a prototypical housing model (stage 3), and the implementation of a broad scale housing program using the prototype housing model trialed in Stage 3 (stage 4).

¼ AWF/OzQuest Nepal Expedition 2008/09

By David Anderson, Team Leader

       

From left: Basic accommodation for the volunteers at Gosshing Kaule; Pouring concrete foundations; School site; Excavating for footings and classrooms.

From 28 December to 26 January, a group of 12 architecture students and architects spent 28 days in Nepal experiencing developing world architecture, people and culture, and participating in a community development project.

The group flew into Kathmandu, and spent two days acclimatising and touring Boudanath and Pashpatinath, the two main temples in Kathmandu, undertaking an introduction to the Nepalese language and exploring Thamel. A group dinner was held with the project partners and the Australian Ambassador to Nepal.

The next destination was Bhulbhule, which involved an eight hour bus ride, Nepali style. We arrived at Bhulbhule mid afternoon, and after a brief tour, we were officially welcomed by the village. This is where we had new year’s eve, which was a rest day, when we walked to Hot Springs.

The next day, after reducing the weight in our pack, we began the long walk up to Gosshing Kaule – the village where we would spend the next ten days assisting the village with the construction of their new school. Our accommodation was basic: tents.

The tasks that the group was involved in for the ten days included: digging to excavate for footings and classrooms. Discussion of solar access, space planning, and 3.4.5 triangle; mixing concrete and assisting in pour of concrete layer; carrying rocks from quarry; and playing games with the community and teaching children.

One exciting program we had the privilege of being involved in was the Solar Light For Children program in conjunction with Kathmandu Environmental Education Program (KEEP). The lights are solar powered LED desk lights that connect to a PV cell where three hours of charge will give eight hours of light. As a group we were able to donate a prototype for the village who will work with KEEP to see the installation of PVs on the school roof and each school child will be given a light to take home and bring to school the next day for charging while they conduct their lessons. Gosshing Kaule is a village with no power supply, so these lights will be in demand.

On our final day in Gosshing Kaule the village presented a farewell program.

The following day we reduced the weight in our packs, packed up our tents and headed out for a four day trek. The first village we passed through was Siurung, where we discussed the project for the 2009/10 trip. This will be a kindergarten for the village of Siurung. We then walked along the Annapurna trail through Synge, Taal and Baagachaap, and back to Bhulbhule.

The next part of our journey was a trip to Baktapur, a world heritage city with amazing architecture and atmosphere. After a guided tour of Bhaktapur we spent time exploring the sights of the city. Our final day there saw an early morning bus ride3 to the Nepal Engineering College, where we met with the Architecture faculty and some students, discussing architecture education in Nepal, and viewing some student work.

Travelling back to Kathmandu, we did some more sightseeing and enjoyed a group dinner and celebration on the final night.

The AWF/Ozquest Nepal 08/09 expedition was a huge success, with an amazing group who experienced developing world architecture and culture. This can only have a positive impact on their lives and architecture.

08/09 Group: David Anderson (Leader), Jen Lucas (Medic), Alisa Ward, Georgina Kelly, Cimone McIntosh, Wafaa Khalil, Yolanda Wosny, Melinda Chan, Dean Hole, Barbara Eglington, John Eglington, Jonathan Italiano, Walter McKenzie, Steve Lewis.

The AWF/Ozquest Nepal Trip 2009/10 is currently open for applicants. Click here for further details.

Ä Vale Dennis Small - A Quiet Achiever

Despite Dennis’ remarkable CV concentrating in Health, which reveals work on over 30 hospitals, being a Director of Bligh, Voller Nield and later Associate Director of Silver Thomas Hanley, Dennis didn’t see himself as an Architect (with a capital A). However if you knew Dennis and ever had a conversation with him about how he wanted a person to feel, for instance, if they had to walk to the morgue in a hospital, then he would talk about how many hospitals make this journey through dark bowels in the earth, whereas Dennis felt that this experience should be made as pleasant as possible for the traveller, and his concern that they look out onto peaceful gardens as they made this traumatic journey. He also took great pride in planning a hospital so that patients could reach their destinations in shorter timeframes and achieve immediate paths towards their critical care.

Dennis’ commitment to his work went significantly beyond the ordinary. One of the last projects that Dennis was working on before his death was on a pro bono basis for Architects Without Frontiers. Dennis dedicated countless hours over a period of a year in planning Kompiam District Hospital, located in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Dennis, as on many other occasions in his career, travelled to this remote region and became committed to providing the best service possible for the client and user groups. Dennis always seemed to be central to providing the impetus to a project. He willingly committed to providing Kompiam District Hospital with a fully professional service whilst simultaneously working as the Manager of the Sydney office of Silver Thomas Hanley.

Dennis was diagnosed with a brain tumour in late 2008 but had built such a rapport with Dr David Mills, the client for Kompiam District Hospital that David flew over during his sabbatical to spend a day with Dennis. Such was the respect with which people who knew Dennis held him. The funeral service was a testimony to Dennis and the high regard in which everyone who knew him held him, be they clients, colleagues or friends (although many embraced all these categories). Dennis was a gentleman; a man of principle who upheld causes, a man of humanity and humility, as his life’s work in health so appropriately demonstrated.

The next AWF Melbourne meeting will be held: Tuesday 23 June
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