--Weekend Feature Archive--Architecture for Humanity seeks to provide creative solutions for humanitarian crises by offering architecture and design services to those most in need. The organization taps a network of professionals worldwide who donate time and talent to help communities recovering from disaster as well as those seeking community development support services. The multifaceted organization, amongst other things, advocates for good design, publishes a book, engages in public policy, as well as spearheads the first ever open source open architecture network that is the first site on the net to provide access to open source architecture plans.
Currently, the organization is spearheading an exciting initiative called the AMD Open Architecture Challenge which is an international design competition that is open to all (not just architects). The competition is seeking to find the best solutions for building sustainable low cost technology facilities for those most in need. Their objective is to tilt the scales on who has has access to technology(currently 20% of the 6 Billion humans on this planet), by helping create community facilities that will give access to 50% of the world by 2015.
For more information or to enter the competition go to their site at www.architectureforhumanity.org, and watch the fantastic video below of founder, and TED Prize winner, Cameron Sinclair discussing the vision of Architecture for Humanity.