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CAN Newsletter Jan 2016
CAN recent newsletter is now online...read more here. http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/openSource_publicati… 18 JANUARY 2016 CAN NEWSLETTER DECEMBER2015 Size: 11944 MB This 5th CAN newsletter is a bamboo themed issue, bringing a number of inspiring stories on bamboo from Korea and Indonesia. Most significantly CAN’s presence at the international bamboo conference held in Korea this year, in which the CAN team went on a mini road show, presenting about participatory design at a number of venues. Also this fall, CAN and ACHR facilitated a parallel session on community-led design solutions at the Asian Pacific Urban Forum in October in Jakarta. On the other side of the world in New York, out of over 400 candidates, CAN was a finalist at the Buckminster Fuller Award ceremony. The Buckminster Fuller Challenge award gives a sizeable amount of money to supporting activities which bring a social and ecologically sustainable innovative solution to the worlds problems. The winner was a kelp farming initiative in the US for fisherman with increasing insecure livelihoods, and a runner up with CAN was the Manila Housing Authority in India, working with Slum Dwellers. CAN recent newsletter is now online...read more
Community Architects Network Newsletter No 4
This newsletter can be downloaded from the CAN website Size: 12452 MB In June the Philippines hosted the 3rd CAN Regional workshop for the second edition in a row. Thank-you to all the Philippines Alliance for taking on the task of organising it and doing it so well! This year, beyond participants from the CAN network in Asian countries, for the first time the workshop was open to “outsiders”, as a way to broaden the network. Participants from Nepal unfortunately weren’t present, as they are still very busy responding to the earthquake - covered in this issue - but we were lucky, our friend network Slum Dwellers International were able to attend all the way from South Africa. In May, CANCAM in Cambodia organised another international workshop together with the Development Planning Unit from London, demonstrating an incredible growth in terms of capacity. CAN is growing, evolving and maturing. At the latest Core Team meeting in the Philippines following the regional workshop, we talked a lot about how to restructure the network for the future to achieve more decentralisation and self-sustainability. In parallel, CAN is being recognised more and more as an international platform with a unique approach providing a much needed contribution to development work. The Buckminster Fuller Institute selected CAN as one of the 14 finalists among more than 400 applicants to their annual award based on such criteria as “Visionary, Comprehensive, Anticipatory, Ecologically Responsible, Verifiable, Feasible, and Replicable”.on such criteria as “Visionary, Comprehensive, Anticipatory, Ecologically Responsible, Update: CAN are now one of the 6 finalists. DOWNLOAD from the CAN site HERE 12 Mb http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/openSource_publication.php?ic=3 Direct Download http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/upload/opensources/public/file_08092015184134.pdf OR go to the Publications download site HERE http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/openSource.php
Poverty Lines Newsletter
The idea of this study was first hatched in a workshop on poverty assessment organized by IIED in London, back in January 2013. One of the most bothersome issues in that workshop was the poverty line, and particularly the World Bank's dollar-a-day poverty line. Everyone agreed that different countries and different cities have different living costs and different poverty levels and that poverty lines ought to reflect those differences. They also agreed that poverty is complex and multi-faceted, and not simply a matter of how much a person earns each day. So why was that single, very-low poverty line still being used to measure poverty? And if the dollar-a-day doesn't make sense, what should the real poverty line - or lines - be? A suggestion came up that instead of letting ourselves get too frustrated with how the World Bank and international agencies define and measure poverty, why don't we make our own study of urban poverty? And instead of doing it in the conventional way, with Doctor This and Professor That going around the slums with their questionnaires, why not let the poor themselves define poverty and determine the real poverty lines in their countries? IIED agreed to support a study in which urban poor community organizations in several Asian countries would define poverty and develop their own poverty lines, according to the real conditions in their cities, and ACHR would facilitate the process. This ground-breaking poverty study is perhaps the first to be conducted by the poor themselves, who are the real "experts," and whose understanding of poverty comes from actually living it and from their work finding lasting solutions to it. The study is now over, and besides generating some very clear definitions of poverty and some very detailed poverty lines for six countries, the study has opened up a new area of exploration for these urban poor organizations, to understand their own poverty with greater clarity, and to find new points of negotiation with their governments and local institutions for recognition and resources in their cities. The final study report - a 28-page newsletter-style publication - download below
Community Architects Network Newsletter
CAN Newsletter July - Oct 2014 "The first important principle of a Community Architect is the one who sees PEOPLE, who works with PEOPLE, who sees their wisdom, who sees their solutions, and who builds his solutions on PEOPLES’ solutions, who respects traditions, culture, peoples’ skills, and peoples’ knowledge, desires and frustrations, and believes in and practices participatory methods. Who is committed to low cost and appropriate technology and local wisdom and context, where LOCAL is really important. Whose creative struggle is confined not so much to inventing new forms and designing daring and bold structures, but doing MORE with LESS and seeing BIG in SMALL. They work together and togetherness is their ethos, synergies is their mantra." Kirtee Shah Indian Architect… ACHR elder. Stories from NETWORK: CAN CORE meeting Jogjakarta MYANMAR: CITYWIDE Upgrading in Mandalay NEPAL: Heritage mapping of Old Towns Perween Rahman Fellowship results for young Asian architects
Newsletter Special Edition on Myanmar
August 2013: This newsletter is a special issue on the exciting community-driven process that has taken off in Myanmar, since the Cyclone Nargis hit in May 2008 - much of it supported by ACCA. The full-colour, 28-page issue contains inspiring stories about the people-driven reconstruction of villages that were destroyed by the storm and the setting up of rice banks as a new kind of village-managed social safety net. There are also stories about the birth, toddlerhood and young-adulthood of Myanmar's women's savings movement, which in just a few years has created many new possibilities and new links between the country's poorest women, in both storm-hit rural villages and inner-city squatter settlements in Yangon, Mandalay and other cities. 3.3 Mgbs 28 pages text and photos
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