Architecture Sans Frontieres UK

Architecture Sans Frontieres UK

At a glance

Causes

  • Environment
  • International development
  • Local / community

Other details

Geographical remit: 
International

Objectives

ASF-UK aims to make community and international development issues integral to the practice and teaching of architecture. Through training & capacity building, live projects and advocacy, we strive to make architecture and built environment relevant to the world’s majority – people who are marginalised or living in poverty.

Our actions are structured into two main programmes: Change by Design and Resilience by Design. Change by Design explores participatory design and planning as a tool for advocacy and socio-spatial transformation in informal urban contexts. Resilience by Design addresses the need for bottom up sustainable development approaches in both rural and urban areas of the global south. 

These are complemented by the crosscutting programme Challenging Practice – an independent-learning course that seeks to enable built environment professionals to engage reflexively with the challenges of international development.

Activities

Our actions are focused on three areas:

Training and Capacity Building

Ensuring an understanding of the core principles behind community participation, appropriate design and sustainability becomes an integral part of the education and practice of built environment practitioners by working with universities and bodies such as RIBA and the ARB to influence the way architecture is taught; and developing accessible, online training programmes complemented by practical, hands-on workshops, and marketing these courses to ensure take-up.

Live Projects

Ensuring emergency and development programmes lead to appropriate built environment solutions by forging relationships with the governments, NGOs and voluntary organisations running the projects and encouraging and facilitating the involvement of architects with a people-centred and participatory approach.

Advocacy

Influencing policy decisions about resource allocation, participation and recognition of all citizens within political, economic and social systems and institutions to ensure a more just urban environment for all.

These actions are structured into two main programmes: Change by Design and Resilience by Design. These are complemented by the crosscutting programme, Challenging Practice that enable built environment professionals to engage reflexively with the challenges of international development.

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