June 18, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Architecture for Humanity and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are proud to announce the Open Architecture Challenge, an open international design competition that reaches beyond the traditional bounds of architecture by challenging industry professionals and others to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to improve living conditions around the world. Every two years this initiative will tackle a different systemic issue faced by half the world’s population that is living on less than $2 a day. It is the belief of the challenge organizers that the generation of ideas alone cannot create real social and economic change and that by building sustainable and replicable solutions we can truly make a difference. This initiative will provide up to $250,000 for the implementation of the selected winning design.
The inaugural challenge is sponsored by AMD through 50×15, a global initiative founded by AMD to enable affordable Internet access and computing capability for 50 percent of the world’s population by the year 2015. As an extension of the 50×15 Learning Labs program, this year’s challenge will focus on the design and construction of technology centres that will help a broad cross-section of a community realize greater educational, social and business opportunities via the Internet.
The organizers are currently in the process of inviting local organizations in communities that lack connectivity and would benefit from a technology centre. If you are an organization that is interested in becoming the recipient of such a facility and would like to partner on this initiative, please download the RFP (Request for Proposals) from www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/challenge and submit no later than July 20, 2007. If you require more information on becoming a partner, please e-mail [email protected], and include RFP within the subject title of your message.
For more information, please visit www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/challenge