Nov 01, 2006

Architecture for Humanity Partners with Hot Studio and Sun Microsystems

As the winner of a TED prize in 2006, Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, wished “to create a community that actively embraces open source design to generate innovative and sustainable living standards for all.”

This lofty goal became a step closer to reality when Hot Studio agreed to provide strategy and design services, and Sun Microsystems agreed to provide the hardware, hosting, and technical resources for the new Architecture for Humanity community website. Hot Studio is currently leading the efforts to identify user and business stakeholder goals, and is working closely with Architecture for Humanity and Sun as we fine tune a strategy for organizing content and fulfilling all constituents' needs.

“It's actually much more than a website.” says Maria Giudice, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Hot Studio. “As soon as we started working with AFH, we realized that we were actually helping define how AFH will do business in the future. We're designing an infrastructure so that they can involve more architects and other volunteers, significantly expand the number of charters, and improve communication between all parties including donors, project managers, and those receiving help from Architecture for Humanity.” Maria concludes, “This infrastructure is going to allow AFH to harness the talents of many more volunteers, ultimately bringing housing to many more of the people in need.”

The first phase of the new site should be up and running by the end of 2007. Hot Studio is also developing a new identity for Architecture for Humanity, which will be launched worldwide in early 2007.