Indlovu project, Monwabisi Park, South Africa
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| GET INVOLVED | ANGANWADI PROJECT |
INDLOVU PROJECT | AWF/OZQUEST NEPAL EXPEDITION
2008/09 | VALE DENNIS SMALL
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.
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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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Place, Melbourne | 6-8pm
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