The Project:We're Architecture for Humanity-Denver and we want to build an OUTDOOR CLASSROOM by RE-PURPOSING found materials for the Museo de las Americas. If we build our Outdoor Classroom project in their PARKING LOT the Museo can hold their art education summer camp for lots of kids in need.
The Design Plan:
Our design for the Outdoor Classroom in the parking lot will allow this space to be used for the summer camp as well as parking when needed, and even for other community events. The design solution will offer (1) a much needed permanent new fence, gate, and surface and (2) a temporary overhead canopy for shading and creating the classroom for summer time.
The majority of the materials we will use for the Outdoor Classroom are salvaged from a building currently being demolished that would otherwise be tossed out. Since we've designed the Outdoor Classroom out of repurposed materials, we've designed the REWARDS out of repurposed materials, too! The same found items that will build the classroom are made into mustache necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for rewards to celebrate repurposing!
The Story... Why Art Education is Important:
The Museo's mission is to educate the community about the diversity of Latino Americano art and culture from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs. Students exposed to art education programs are 4 TIMES as likely to succeed academically. However, over 29,000 students in Denver do NOT have access to art education programs at all. In addition, 85% of the disadvantaged youth in Denver are Latino and the dropout rate for Latino youth has reached a staggering 37%. Because of these things, The Museo has taken it upon themselves to provide Museo de las Americas Summer Camp (MASC) to teach art as a tool for fostering self-esteem in children, and as a vehicle for encouraging understanding of Latino culture among all. During summer camp, kids learn about and participate in dance, theater, music and the visual arts and have the time of their lives performing their new skills for the community! Currently the Museo doesn't have enough space for this program and needs the Parking Lot Project!
What your money will buy/what materials we need:
The summer camp itself is already funded and we have a lot of found materials we will repurpose for the Outdoor Classroom. Your money will go to actually BUILD the Outdoor classroom, by purchasing materials that we don't have and for specialty labor and services needed.
More Rewards! Made from the same Repurposed Materials that the Outdoor Classroom will be built from!
See the full video here:
Video Song Credit: Come Back to You (Instrumental) by Silence is Sexy, via Jamendo
About Architecture for Humanity:
Architecture for Humanity is a charitable non-profit organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings professional design services to communities in need. They believe where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference.
Here's what we do and how we work: http://vimeo.com/40625191
We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit and you can use this tax ID number if you're making a tax deductible donation: 30-0038297
Example of a Previous Architecture for Humanity project:
Architecture for Humanity and Edge of 7 collaborated on the Solukhumbu Education project in Nepal. This was a collaborative effort with Austin, Seattle, Boston, & Denver chapters. The design and development of the Basa Higher Secondary School was done by the Denver chapter. A four room school with six toilets provides great opportunities for 150 students each year to continue their education when they might not previously have had the option. The Denver chapter researched the potential benefits of rammed earth and bamboo construction, as well as study alternative roof building methods for this project.
Process and time-frame:
- August 2012: Initial project scope was defined
- January - February 2013: Preliminary design - materials research, site research, clients needs assessment all completed
- March 2013: Project proposal - final design established and was presented to clients, salvaged materials collected
- April 2013: Fundraising kickoff! Materials collection continues, volunteer labor organized
- May - June 2013: Volunteer build days
- June 20th 2013: Final construction deadline!
Risks and challenges
As in any design/build project, there are many challenges that can occur as the project is in the construction phase. As the Museo has enthusiastically approved the design, construction is the last major obstacle the project can occur.
Time is our biggest issue: materials must be re-purposed, and the team may have to get creative on the site. However, Architecture for Humanity-Denver has a volunteer database of more than 250 individuals that can be called on for various needs and support. The huge advantage is that a great deal of our materials are salvaged and already have been donated to us.
We have many different assets to augment the project:
- Years of experience in related projects
- Complete support by the clients
- The organization of an established design/build non-profit group
- Motivation of individuals who want to see their design in built form
- (30 days)