Architects Without Borders and CTA Builds
I’ve recently teamed up with “Architects Without Borders” (http://awb-seattle.org/) as a Project Manager. In this role I’m able to give back a little where my skills are needed in our world, and draw on my experience as an architect, a builder, and a student of sustainability. Currently this means designing a school outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti. It’s an awesome project and an awesome responsibility. We’re designing this school that will not only educate children, but will help build community at a time when it’s most needed. At the same time this project will demonstrate what community and sustainability really mean: a place to learn built by local craftspeople using local materials, a place to gather, to grow food and eat together, to get one’s electricity from the sun, to not pollute but to reuse our wastes (composting toilets), to conserve water and maybe even recharge aquifers, to re-vitalize the soil, the ground… It’s very exciting, and from time to time, I will post our progress on the blog. For this first posting, sitting on the building site are students, parents, and the new principal of the school, mapping out the future. — Buzz T.