One of Inhabitat’s favorite non-profits, Architecture for Humanity, has just expanded their reach by acquiring the non-profit media site Worldchanging. Architecture for Humanity (AFH) is a non-profit that helps architecture professionals lend time and expertise to projects around the world that normally wouldn’t be able to afford their resources. They’ve worked on rebuilding Haiti, lent aid in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, and pitched in on thousands of other projects around the world. Worldchanging, a solutions-based journalism site, will be merged with AFH’s Open Architecture Network, which seeks to create a platform for architects and specialists to share (for free) architectural plans and drawings. Together, we are sure, these two entities will continue to build a network where sustainable solutions are shared and implemented to help people around the world.
“Last decade was about imagining the solutions that could help us meet big planetary problems,” noted Worldchanging co-founder and former Executive Editor Alex Steffen, upon the announcement. “This decade will be all about putting those solutions to work. This exciting new version of Worldchanging is set, I believe, to become the online epicenter of applied innovation.”
Over the next six Months AFH will be transforming the Open Architecture Network into a more robust platform that provides dialogue and tools to support architects and builders around the world, beyond their current database of building plans and architectural drawings.
“We are thrilled to connect with the Worldchanging community in order to expand the ways we can continue to make a difference across the world. Each project we do requires innovative solutions, resourcefulness, and passion. It’s a perfect fit,” said AFH Executive Director, Cameron Sinclair.
A year ago the Worldchanging board of directors announced they’d be closing the doors to their 501(c)3 non profit that provides systems based journalism focused on a bright green future for this planet. Surely merging these two TED prize winners are much better than leaving one behind – we can only imagine the new power that will come with their combined sustainable resources.