Gallery: AFH SoCal Fires Fundraiser Tomorrow in San Francisco!


In response to the recent Southern California wildfires, Architecture For Humanity’s San Francisco Chapter is co-hosting a fundraiser for the rebuilding efforts TOMORROW NIGHT in San Francisco with Open Productions and In Deep. If you’re in the Bay Area, come on down for the DJs, drinks, and do-good party action to support our friends at AFH:

Location: Shine, 1337 Mission St.@ 9th, San Francisco, CA 94103
Time: Saturday, November 10th, 9pm-2am
Cost: $5 donation goes to AFH San Francisco and Southern California chapters

Or in the meantime, donate to AFH’s rebuilding efforts in Southern California here>>>

OPEL and IN DEEP present


a benefit for Architecture for Humanity San Francisco and
for Wildfire Rebuilding Efforts in Southern California

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Syd Gris (opel / opulent temple)
Clarkie (deep end / in deep)
Hoj (opel /
Mike Giannini (deep end /
Zach Moore (deep end / in deep)
and more tba

only $5 all night
BE EXTRA SHINY, share all you can!
add’l donations are welcome with smiles and hugs*
9pm-2am | 21+

@ Shine
1337 Mission St.@ 9th
San Francisco, CA 94103

AFH is a 501(c)3 organization seeking architectural solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises, bringing design services to communities in need. AFH-SF designs and builds socially, culturally, ecologically and economically sustainable communities for children, families and neighborhoods in San Francisco! AHF in Southern California is also gearing up for a challenging rebuilding effort after the wildfires. All DJ’s are playing for free. All proceeds will be donated. Please join us! BE EXTRA SHINY, share all you can!

*Feeling especially generous? Or are unable to attend the event? Please make a donation to AFH-SF by sending an email to or mailing checks to:

Architecture for Humanity SF
2041 26th street #201
San Francisco, California 94107

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Gallery: Help Support AFH California Wild Fire Response!


As the fires in California continue to rage, Architecture for Humanity is already on the move, with architects planning reconstruction, and the local Los Angeles and San Diego chapters helping families and businesses in their times of crisis. The San Diego Chapter, Rebuild, responded earlier this week by volunteering in the evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium. Architecture for Humanity Los Angeles is also partnering with Rebuild San Diego to mount a regional-wide response including sharing information regarding local municipalities’ relief efforts. In the meantime, AFH needs your support- financial and volunteer aid. Donate directly here, or if you’re in the area, go volunteer!

Volunteer opportunities for Qualcomm Stadium can be found near Gate A. Approximately 400 evacuated senior citizens (ages 70 to 90) were sent to San Diego High, 1402 Park Blvd. AFH San Diego Rebuild are there at the moment, still seeking food, toiletries, bedding, etc. Volunteers near the Del Mar area can contact 858-792-5245 for further instructions. To make donations of feed and hay for horses, contact 858-509-5245.

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  1. GShorey November 13, 2007 at 4:18 am

    What about reforestation for humanity? How come no body is considering expanding on California’s existing forest areas now that the chance presents itself? Why isn’t anybody considering rebuilding the forest areas and removing the settlements from there? I will certainly agree with jf’s comment on “it not being too great a leap to say …….. ” And if one doesn’t really agree, or this seems too rhetorical, then i would go so far as to question the humanitarian angle of Architecture for Humanity. Is this humanity at the cost of nature?

  2. Troy Hooper October 27, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    You can also go to and register your name if you’ve been displaced by the fire and looking for housing or if you own a home and are willing to lease it out or donate. The site has helpful information, resources and links for evacuees too.

  3. jf October 26, 2007 at 5:15 pm


    Your point is one of the lessons that I think we can take awy from this horrible disaster. There is no value gained from homes and privately-held property being torched. But one thing that I hope the general public takes away from this is that, perhaps, building homes in the path of terrain that MUST cyclically burn in order for it to sustain itself, is an INCREDIBLE error of human judgement. And it is not too great a leap to say that we shouldn’t build in the middle of OTHER natural ecologies. Development can occur IN UNION with nature, not IN PLACE of nature.

    The Los Angeles chapter of Architecture for Humanity is organizing an event to host this kind of discussion next Saturday, Nov. 3rd. Please visit our site www, for more details, and join our email list for updates on these upcoming events. Thanks for listening!

  4. dustin October 26, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    devil’s advocate:

    i know it sounds insensitive and i definitely do not mean it as such, but do you think that our fire/forest management (i.e. not letting *natural* wild fires burn – for fear of timber value and real estate loss) is partially responsible here (duff/underbrush build up and then when a fire finally does happen it has lots of fuel, more than it would if they happened annually)? and really with all the water transport that supporting desert communities requires it may be that there is a “greener” solution than rebuilding a city that shouldn’t really exist in the first place, at least not in its current incarnation…

    solution (i hope somebody is listening):

    rebuild with fire proof materials – materials that are appropriate to the region (cob, adobe, cement/concrete – not wood shipped from somewhere else) and when rebuilding pay special attention to rainwater catchment systems, composting toilets, greywater reuse, native landscaping/vegetation and low water usage in general…

    check out the living building challenge – it’s many great examples of how a building ought to be re/built…

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