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Architecture Brigades @

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

CHAPTER STATS

$28,742

FUNDRAISED

5

BRIGADES

27

VOLUNTEERS

30

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Architecture Brigades at Penn State University is a discipline of Global Brigades, the world\'s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The Penn State 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, a program within Global Brigades, designs and constructs socially responsible and sustainable architecture solutions in developing nations. Architecture Brigades has developed a think tank design approach that involves extensive community dialogue and independent research. This collaborative effort results in the creation of efficient, appropriate, and elegant structures to be embraced and utilized by those for whom they were built. The Penn State Architecture Brigade chapter plans on going on a brigade to Nicaragua for Spring Break 2015
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Annual Chapter Contribution
Jan 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017

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Jan 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

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Penn State Architecture Brigade to Nicaragua March 2015
Mar 08, 2015 - Mar 16, 2015

Global Brigades offers 7-day Architecture Brigades throughout the year in Honduras. The Architecture Program strives to improve in-home infrastructure and economic production in Global Brigades’ communities by designing and constructing small scale or in-home projects such as chicken coops, roofs, and additional rooms that will enhance community members’ health, quality-of-life and income. By improving their homes, community members can better prevent disease and maintain a positive mental state. Similarly, families choosing to build infrastructure for economic ventures that can generate more income, which could theoretically be used to independently enhance their living space. These important projects are both designed and built by student volunteers in collaboration with community members on their 7 days trips to Honduras. Students volunteering on Architecture Brigades participate in either infrastructure design or constructions. On the initial Design Brigade, they consult with community members and draft blueprints for the in-home infrastructure or small-scale economic development projects sought by the family. On subsequent Build Brigades, students construct the projects alongside skilled Honduran masons and community members and ultimately create the in-home infrastructure needed to improve health, quality-of-life, and income. Student volunteers teach community members the construction techniques necessary to maintain the projects and ensure that they will continue to serve local families well into the future.
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March 2013 Penn State Architecture Brigade
Mar 03, 2013 - Mar 09, 2013

Architecture Brigades volunteers from Penn State will spend 7 days doing construction on large projects, such as schools and health centers, that will provide health and education infrastructure to benefit entire communities in rural Honduras. On the brigade, students will learn about the necessity of the project, the justifications for the structure\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s design, and a variety of local construction techniques. Depending on what point during the construction process they make their brigade, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of construction processes, from foundation work to wood framing to detailing, and everything in between. Volunteers do not need prior building expertise for the brigade, as they will be working alongside skilled masons who will guide students on proper building practices and safety precautions during building, while also educating volunteers of the use of local materials. In addition to the construction aspects of the brigade, volunteers will be given the chance to create and host an interactive education lesson for members of the local community. The ages and demographics of the audience may vary, and the education topics cover basic concepts of architecture and design. Combining the efforts of both the construction and educational aspects of the brigade, by the end of the week volunteers on the Penn State Architecture Brigade will be able to see the impact have made in the community!
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May 2012 Penn State Architecture Brigade
May 07, 2012 - May 13, 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.
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