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Help Shelter Return to Haiti

Shelter is a feature-length documentary about the growing socially-responsible design movement. The producers are highlighting the role designers, architects, and engineers play in making the world a better place with humanitarian design. By telling these stories, they hope to inspire others to design for good. They're currently in production and need your helping funding their project, including follow-up interviews with residents and volunteers they met in Haiti last summer.Help Shelter return to Haiti by donating to their Kickstarter campaign. Along with telling extraordinary stories of courage and invention, Shelter will feature this interview with Dean Fisher. They also interviewed architecture students Abby Kurlinkus and Brent Suski who spent eight weeks in Haiti working with Architecture for Humanity in 2011. Donate…

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Students Partner with Architecture for Humanity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In the spring of 2011, a group of graduate students from the School of Architecture spent eight weeks in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince working with Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to building a more sustainable future through professional design. One of their projects included participation in the development of the master plan for Santo, a community located near the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake. Amanda Pederson developed a digital system of layering graphic information to help filter data, work previously done by physically overlaying sheets of tracing paper. "Her system is now regularly being used by the Haitian planning firm that facilitates interactions with the community," explained Jim Lutz (Architecture) who led the trip. Lutz also…

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Apparel Design Students Support Haitian Kids One Stitch at a Time

The December 2010 earthquake left thousands of Haitians without basic needs like clean water, food, or clothing. To alleviate these difficult living conditions, students in Sherri Gahring's Apparel Design class partnered with U of M alumna Karen Moen to assemble over 80 garments for children at the Grace Village orphanage in Titanyean, Haiti. "The apparel design students gained experience using their beginning assembly and design skills to make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate," explained Gahring, "27 students created 42 sundress and 43 jam shorts…which were delivered [to Haiti] by Karen Moen and her team in late November." The project started in late 2010 when Gahring met Moen to brainstorm service learning and outreach projects. When…

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