Open Architecture Network was started with a vision to improve the living standard of the world through collaborative design. It is an amazing idea of an attempt to change the dwelling condition among developing nations from the design ideas submitted by people from all parts of the world in a website. That is OpenArchitectureNetwork.org.
Its something like, you are passing by a slum in your locality; (generally after being a related person to architecture) you start thinking of some better solutions for their dwellings. We often play around lots of ideas like this. Now if we don’t just play around ideas, if we start designing them? And in this way if all the design ideas from across the globe can be collected to a place and selected for making them in reality, what would happen? Soon we could be in a world without homeless people, without slums in the cities. OAN is trying to do something like this. Lets participate in that positive movement….
Open Architecture Network has been declared an open design competition for three projects in three different sites. The sites are in Ecuador (South America), Kenya (Africa) and Nepal (Asia). The competition is entitled as AMD Open Architecture Challenge, organized by the OAN and sponsored by AMD.
This competition is absolutely open for everyone from students to architects even for any non professional person. The deadline (14th Feb. 2008) of the submission and registration is open for more 70 days from this news has been published in ArchSociety. All other necessary information regarding this competition is available here:
All interested members are requested to post their queries in the discussion forum. (Till this news is being written,) We came to know that few of the ArchSociety members are going to participate in the Asia Challenge (the Nepal site), so if anyone gets any extra information regarding the sites and programs than the official website are requested to post them into forum for others help.
May the holly idea and intention of OAN become a reality in the near future. ArchSociety will always remain as a friendly community support to them.
(Photographs and News Has been collected from openarchitecturenetwork.org & nyayahealth.org)