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We're re-purposing old building parts into a much needed Outdoor Classroom and into new rewards so you can have a piece of it too!

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 Re-Purposing!
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!

Read about this project on ArchDaily, and  GOOD Inc, on the AIA Emerging Professionals Blog and on Archinect and 5280 Magazine!

(reward) THE PACKAGE DEAL! Postcard thank you + your name in the stone garden + earrings + bookmarks + mustache necklace in honor of our last 3 days! Hurry!
(reward) THE PACKAGE DEAL! Postcard thank you + your name in the stone garden + earrings + bookmarks + mustache necklace in honor of our last 3 days! Hurry!
(reward) YOUR NAME on a rock in the outdoor classroom stone garden. Have your name forever immortalized in the rock garden of the classroom or donate in honor of someone special and have their name on the stone.
(reward) YOUR NAME on a rock in the outdoor classroom stone garden. Have your name forever immortalized in the rock garden of the classroom or donate in honor of someone special and have their name on the stone.
(Before) Current parking lot as it looks today. We'll turn this space into an outdoor classroom!
(Before) Current parking lot as it looks today. We'll turn this space into an outdoor classroom!
(After) proposed rendering of the parking lot turned community space
(After) proposed rendering of the parking lot turned community space


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!

(reward) THE $10 REPURPOSED SUNBURST NECKLACE Made from the same re-purposed materials used for the outdoor classroom
(reward) THE $10 REPURPOSED SUNBURST NECKLACE Made from the same re-purposed materials used for the outdoor classroom
(reward) REPURPOSED MUSTACHE NECKLACE made from salvaged, laser cut wood
(reward) REPURPOSED MUSTACHE NECKLACE made from salvaged, laser cut wood
(reward) REPURPOSED SUNGLASS NECKLACE made from salvaged, laser cut wood
(reward) REPURPOSED SUNGLASS NECKLACE made from salvaged, laser cut wood
(reward) REPURPOSED MUSTACHE NECKLACE made from salvaged, laser cut wood
(reward) REPURPOSED MUSTACHE NECKLACE made from salvaged, laser cut wood
(reward) REPURPOSED EARRINGS  made from old wooden blinds, laser cut with the project logo
(reward) REPURPOSED EARRINGS made from old wooden blinds, laser cut with the project logo
(reward) BOOKMARKS! made from discarded chipboard
(reward) BOOKMARKS! made from discarded chipboard
(reward) 3 REPURPOSED MAGNETS made from scrap metal found on the site of the building being repurposed
(reward) 3 REPURPOSED MAGNETS made from scrap metal found on the site of the building being repurposed
(reward) BRACELET+RING COMBO made from old wire
(reward) BRACELET+RING COMBO made from old wire
(reward) VIP GUIDED TOUR of the Museo de las Americas
(reward) VIP GUIDED TOUR of the Museo de las Americas
(reward) Tshirt 2 showing kids' ideas for an outdoor classroom
(reward) Tshirt 2 showing kids' ideas for an outdoor classroom
(reward) Tshirt 1 on black cotton
(reward) Tshirt 1 on black cotton
(reward) REPURPOSED NECKLACE made from washer $35
(reward) REPURPOSED NECKLACE made from washer $35

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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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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

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    Download the digital FULL LENGTH FOOTAGE of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews from when we asked kids how we should design this Outdoor Classroom. 10 minutes of students talking about things like classrooms with chocolate fountains located underground beneath waterfalls within a space station that have a zoo on top...just for example.

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    ***THE $10 RE-PURPOSED SUNBURST NECKLACE*** Perfectly good wood that was headed for the trash was salvaged and laser cut into this great necklace and conversation piece. Tell your friends how your necklace used to be a part of building and know that your $10 pledge helped build an outdoor classroom out of these reclaimed materials!

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    REPURPOSED MUSTACHE NECKLACE laser cut from salvaged wood like old wood blinds. Wear it around your neck or on your upper lip! Designed by Architecture for Humanity volunteer Lindsay Moore... [plus Download the digital Full Length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews]

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    BRACELET + RING COMBO made from the same salvaged materials that are being used to build the Outdoor Classroom. This includes 1 wire bracelet, 1 washer bracelet and 1 ring. Each of these colorful bracelets is made of 2 different colors of salvaged wire. You'll have a great story to tell when people ask about your unique piece!....[Plus download the digital Full Length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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    A set of 3 REPURPOSED MAGNETS made from the salvaged and Repurposed pieces of metal and parts just like the ones we'll use to build the Outdoor Classroom! These pieces are interesting raw bits of metal: washers, springs, nuts, bolts, and other wonderful doohickeys. They came from an old abandoned building here in Colorado that's being demolished. Put 'em up on your fridge and tell people about where they came from!... [plus download the digital Full Length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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    REPURPOSED NECKLACE! Enjoy your own necklace made from the salvaged and repurposed pieces of metal just like the ones we'll use to build the Outdoor Classroom! This used to be a washer but has now found a new life as jewelry. Colors vary depending on the scrap paper front...[plus download the digital Full length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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    T-SHIRT #1: great graphic T that says (re)Purpose with a bright green and grey depiction of the Outdoor Classroom design, (done by Graphic Designer Kristi Siedow-Thompson) ...[Plus download the digital Full Length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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    REPURPOSED EARRINGS! Enjoy your own pair of earrings made from the salvaged and Repurposed materials just like the ones we'll use to build the Outdoor Classroom! These beautiful wood earrings are made from old Window Blinds! ...[plus download the digital Full Length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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    YOUR NAME forever immortalized on a rock in the stone garden in the Outdoor Classroom! We'll paint your name or the name of your choice in bright colors that will forever be a part of this place. We'll send you a digital picture of your very own rock to cherish forever. Come visit your name any time! ...[plus download the digital Full length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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    ***THE PACKAGE DEAL*** get a handcrafted thank you POSTCARD from a creative kid, YOUR NAME forever immortalized on a rock in the stone garden, the MUSTACHE NECKLACE, the sunburst REPURPOSED EARRINGS, the 2 BOOKMARKS and the full length kids VIDEO FOOTAGE! <<Last Week Special!>>

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    Come to see the students of the summer camp put on their final dance/theater performance at the end of the camp on July 12. You and a friend will enjoy their presentation and as they give a special 'thank you' for your support as well as having your name listed in the program... [plus a sweet T-Shirt...plus your Name on a rock in the stone garden...plus download the digital Full length Footage of hilarious and brilliantly creative children's interviews.]

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