With the realization that disasters are an unavoidable reality, Architecture for Humanity and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have launched ArchitectsRebuild.org in an effort to eliminate “that first awkward and uncoordinated period when people, eager to put their talents into response and recovery, can’t find the means.”
As we announced last month, the two organizations formed a strategic partnership to better coordinate advocacy, education and training that will allow architects to become more involved in helping communities prepare, respond and rebuild after a disaster, known as the Disaster Resilience and Recovery Program. As promised, they have now completed the first task on their agenda, establishing a Disaster Plan Grant Program. Continue reading to learn more.
The Disaster Plan Grant Program’s goal is to support the development and implementation of an architect driven disaster plan in cities across the United States. Funds may be used to engage disaster management professionals, train architects, document past disaster response activity, or design advocacy campaigns that will advance the role of architects in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Any state or local component or chapter of Architecture for Humanity or the AIA is eligible to apply and successful applicants will receive grants between $1000 and $2000 to help execute their proposal. Additionally, staff from AIA National and Architecture for Humanity will be available to help document, promote and celebrate projects as they unfold.
With painful memories from the recent spree of Midwest tornados (March 2012), the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami (March 2011), Brazil’s floods (January 2011) and Haiti’s earthquake (January 2010) still fresh in our mind, we know we must work together to help future disasters. Click here to submit a proposal and apply for a grant.
UPDATE at 2:32PM (EST): A 7.6-magnitude earthquake was just reported in Mexico. Stay tuned for more details.
UPDATE at 2:50PM (EST): No reports of damage or casualties. Details here.