Small World

Design Hope, a charitable initiative that benefits Hamilton Out of the Cold–a rotating shelter for the homeless in Hamilton, Ontario–is a yearly raffle of architect- and artist-designed miniature houses. Last year’s raffle took place at the Carnegie Gallery in nearby Dundas, Ontario before Christmas. In 2001, Design Hope’s first year, five houses were donated, generating $7,000 for the charitable program. With 19 houses raffled in 2002, almost $25,000 was raised, and $30,000 is the goal for 2003. Corporate donations are categorized in architectural terms, including Doric ($100-$199), Ionic ($200-$499) and Corinthian ($500 or more).

Originally conceived through Vermeulen/Hind Architects’ charitable gingerbread house-making day to raise money for the homeless, in 2001 local artists and designers were approached to donate an object created in the spirit of gingerbread houses to be raffled off for Hamilton Out of the Cold. A rapprochement between architects and other design communities is fostered with half of the raffle contributions chosen from architectural firms and half from other artists. Six firms designed and donated miniature structures in 2002. Participants last year included Vermeulen/Hind Architects, McCallum Sather Architects, Moffat Kinoshita Architects, Rankin Architect, Karp Namisniak Yamamoto Architects Inc., Paul Dowling Architect, and G. O’Connor Landscape Architect.

Firms are invited to submit their intent to contribute by the end of June this year. Selected proposals should be complete by mid-October. For more information, please contact Vermeulen/Hind Architects at (905) 628-1500 or