Architecture for Humanity - SF
Saturday, May 22, 2004

Monday 05.24 - Cameron Sinclair announces 'Siyathemba' (AFH 2004 Design Competition)
AIDS Walk SF _ Global Pandemic Forum - Foreign Cinema 6PM

Tuesday 05.25 - AFH Party 'for no reason'!
Marriott Hotel on 4th St. 8PM

Thursday 05.27 - The Green Party Housing and Land Use Seminar Series Presents:
Landlords, Tenants and Rent Control: Is Consensus Ever Possible?
Presentations by:

Janan New, Executive Director, San Francisco Apartment Association
Ted Gullicksen, Office Manager, San Francisco Tenants Union

New College of California 777 Valencia St. 7 - 9 PM

Wednesday/Thursday 05.26 - 05.27 Hearings next week on Homelessness

A two-day series of public hearings to air comments and ideas about the city's homelessness policies will be held Wednesday and Thursday in City Hall before the 10-Year Plan Council. The 33-member council, headed by former Supervisor Angela Alioto, was created to draft a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness in San Francisco.

The hearings will be held in the Board of Supervisors Legislative Chamber, Room 250, from noon to 7 p.m. both days. For more information, call council facilitator Reg Smith at (415) 554-4339.


Discarded yarn, beaver sticks, hay bales become building blocks
- Sam Mockbee exhibit in Washington, later to come to SF

Washington Post reviews FUTURESHACK
A house divided: Architect's pre-fab plan to take the sting out of housing market
Big Dig and New Housing
New Village is the national journal of ADPSR.
Architecture as Ministry - Detroit Community Design Center | Terrence Curry
Resources for Community Designers, Architects and Planners | John Cary Jr.
Anti-War vacation house
Sam Davis in CC Times
Preserving Rehab Incentive
The Shipyard - Art Space in Container Ghetto, Oakland


Vancouver Proposes a Tent City
Recent Article on Jim Reid
Newsom's Attempt at Outreach
Homeless like new 24-hour shelter, Bed shortage seems to be the only glitch
15 properties surplus deal


Much reading on the Housing Bond Measure. Ex, beyondchron, beyondchron
Housing Element Passes Ex, Ex
Section 8 getting hacked CSM, Ex
Initiative turns seniors into landlords
10 by 10 living in the Mission
Greenest building in Berk
Bike Hotel at Embarcadero
Supervisors try to hammer out a new policy for peddlers.
Urban garden?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004
H O M E L E S S N E S S :

Supervisor Daly's Surplus Land Proposal passed nearly unanimously at the board today, save Tony Hall's petty and spiteful critiques. This is something Daly has been pushing for over the last couple of years in close quarters with the Coalition on Homelessness, to get the city to identify available parcels of unused/underutilized land and to turn them over to the mayor's office of housing for review and implmentation into supportive housing for the homeless or affordable housing for low income citizens. I attended a rally last night with James Tracy (Right to a Roof) and Daly as we marched to a couple of the future sites, one of which has already been green-lighted on Grove St in that empty lot next to the art space across from city hall. There I met Randall Kalal, an activist for the coalition and a former homeless artist himself, who has been asked to design a supportive housing facility there. I will keep you posted as I catch up with him more and try to see if AFH.SF can't get more involved.

More articles on Daly's Surplus:
Supervisors OK land transfer for homeless housing
SAN FRANCISCO Idea to use land for homeless Supervisors push plan to develop surplus property
Supes consider new bill designed to offer shelter for homeless.

Beyonchron.com posted this editorial in response to this recent chron article.

“For the past six months, the San Francisco Chronicle has lied to its readers about the Bush Administration's commitment to ending chronic homelessness. In story after story, and in a succession of editorials, the Chronicle has bought hook, line and sinker the phony claims of Bush homeless czar Phillip Mangano that the federal government was providing "new" resources to combat chronic homelessness. Meanwhile, the paper has ignored Bush's assault on Section 8 housing, described in the above Times editorial as the only program that could end the problem.”

A Barbeque in resistance! Several hundred poor folks resist the lies of Care Not Cash

“Displacement is a big part of Care not Cash – they are talking about outreach teams. Every mayor for the last twenty years has talked about outreach teams., why should those displace all the people who have followed the rules, worked through the system and are now in line for their housing, which is what this will do, just to make this mayors outreach team idea look good,” LS Wilson from the Coalition on Homelessness detailed the specifics of the implementation."

SHAME OF THE CITY Doctor's tough love helps plan succeed
Giving Thanks to Indian Hotel Owners

D E S I G N :

Review of Sean Godsell’s Future Shack with AFH
Sean Godsell's Website
CIVIC DUTIES SF’s Public Architecture forges a model for fitting pro bono services into a firm’s regular practice.
PUBLIC CITIZENS a new nonprofit provides a model for pro bono work.
CORPS VALUES in the peace corps, architects learn to think globally and design locally.
Tent structures often go up for good
The Fab New World of Prefab Houses SF architect brings eco-friendly, modernist design to the average home buyer


WEST BERKELEY Are they historic, or just history? Old buildings get too much city protection, owners say
Newsom appoints new housing director
Housing secretary says cuts will not affect most public housing agencies

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Cameron Sinclair, founder of AFH, is making a West Coast swing for a couple of events the end of this month, one of which will result in the official announcement of the organization’s next design competition at an event hosted at Foreign Cinema. Here is a recent newsletter detailing those engagements and some of AFH’s other current events. Check it out.

Better though is that Cameron is going to be hosting an AFH.SF Meetup Party! at his hotel. Thanks to Sarah Manning for inspiring this. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet Cameron and other scattered members of our local chapter, as well as introduce new people who may want to get more involved here in the Bay Area. I am sure Cameron will have lots to tell about the org's development, and help us to strategize about our goals and efforts, as well as learn about the NY chapter's recent progress and approach. Please RSVP with Cameron if you plan to attend (director@architectureforhumanity.org). Any other questions contact me (bfunk2000@yahoo.com).

AFH.SF Meetup Party with Cameron Sinclair
Tuesday May 25th at 8:00 PM
the Marriott Hotel on 4th street.
(more details to follow)

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As I have been super busy, I cannot abbreviate these news items for you but these articles are all esssential reading.


Taking on big issues, not just buildings - An architect strives to put roofs over refugees (Matthew Jelacic)
Designing spaces, connecting lives - Architect honored for his impact on urban landscape (Walter Hood)
Green Tent Design competition

The challenge: Design an environmentally sustainable camping shelter for use in the Mojave Desert in and around Joshua Tree National Park. We are looking for innovative ideas inspired by Southern California's 'green' lifestyle. Please explore nature, culture and experience.


San Francisco top priority for federal homeless czar

Supportive housing -- 1st U.S. fund in works
State appellate judges OK SF's Care Not Cash initiative
It takes a village, with housing
Newsom starts plan to house the homeless
Mayor lends support for Bush homeless plan
Homeless service providers weight in on Ten Year Chronic Homelessness Planning (Chance Martin)
Editorial: Winners, Losers in Care not Cash Ruling
All about housing


Quake damage study coming off the shelf
November ballot measure would include aid for city's poorest and help with down payments
Public Housing Gets A New, Improved Look
Affordable Housing Gets A Boost From New Fund

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