Architecture Brigades is a discipline of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The UCSB chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually. Global Architecture Brigades designs and constructs socially responsible and sustainable architecture solutions in developing nations. A think tank design approach that utilizes extensive community dialogue and independent research to create efficient, appropriate, and elegant structures to be embraced and utilized by those for whom they were built.
RECENT OR UPCOMING BRIGADES
Jun 17, 2012 - Jun 24, 2012
Architecture Brigade volunteers design sustainable architecture projects, and construct them during a 7 day Architecture Brigade in Honduras. Once a university chapter expresses interest, they will be provided with a briefing on ongoing construction projects and upcoming design contests. Chapters that participate in the design contest to provide architectural solutions to a problem faced within the community will have a limited time to submit their design, competing against and possibly working with other university chapters. The local community in Honduras then selects the design(s) that best fits their needs. The construction of the project is then completed by all Architecture Brigade chapters, whether or not they participated in the designing. Student volunteers can get involved with an upcoming Architecture Brigade by joining a local student chapter on their college campus, or creating a new chapter and recruiting a group of students.