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Architects for Peace, Project #1. Workshop 21st March 2015


A4P Project #1 is underway for 2015, and we need your help!

On Saturday 21st March we'll be meeting to form working groups to plan for a Film Screening we'll be hosting. The films will address issues around affordable housing and the right to shelter, Goal 4 of our 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.

Can you assist us in planning this important first event for Architects for Peace?

The details for the workshop to Plan for the Film Screening are:

When: Saturday 21st March 2015
Time: 1pm- 4pm
Where: Curtain Place Gardens, followed by North Carlton Library

This workshop will provide opportunities to
- be a part of a working group in: fundraising; communications; and/ or event planning
- be part of a close knit and active team working toward a clear objective
- connect with long standing volunteers in the organisation with opportunities for mentoring

If you'd like to come along or to learn more, please register your interest at:

In the meantime, if you haven't already, please check out our Strategic Plan


Strategic Plan 2014-2018 now online!

Our Strategic Plan is now online and available to download here.

This plan represents an exciting new direction for A4P and will guide our operations over the next four years. Four key goals have been identified:

We are currently developing an Action Plan to work towards these goals through specific projects and are keen to hear from potential collaborators. Do you have an idea for an event, a campaign or a resource that you think might align with Architects for Peace values and goals? Would you like help to develop and implement your idea in collaboration with our team?

While we cannot fund projects, we can offer the skills of our team of volunteers, many with expertise in design, urban planning and construction, to help you realise your idea. We are interested in hearing from people from a range of backgrounds - not just the built environment - and a range of locations - not just Australia. If you are new to A4P, make sure you read through the plan first to familiarise yourself with our vision, mission and values. Please send enquiries and proposals to We look forward to hearing from you!


India’s Daughter: for the right to walk free and without fear

Image source: NDTV India News
There cannot be social justice, solidarity, respect or peace when women, who represent more than half of the world's population, are exposed to violence.

Women in many countries are not granted the same rights as their male counterpart. In many countries too, women have no right or access to education. Furthermore, in too many countries women suffer or are exposed to discrimination, abuse, brutal beating, rape and murder.

BBC Delhi Nirbhaya Documentary full BBC India's Daughter HD from AwaitNews on Vimeo.

Many, if not most of the Architects for Peace committee and members are women and we would like the freedom that many of us enjoy to be extended to every woman.

We were pleased to learn that a documentary entitled India’s Daughter was produced by the BBC, a documentary aiming to inform and sensitize society about the situation that women face in India. Such a documentary has the power not only to inform, but also to educate society, so violence against women could become unacceptable and something of the past. However, India’s Daughter has been banned in India, a censorship decision that is both shameful and inexcusable. Unfortunately, in a move that is no better than that of the Indian government itself, "the BBC has launched a much more severe, global ban—the broadcaster has asked Google to remove all copies of the documentary, viewable anywhere in the world, from YouTube, citing copyright infringement."

Architects for Peace stands for the right of all women to be treated equally in their community. We stand for the right of all women to be respected and to contribute to her society in a manner that she sees fitting, and for women everywhere to enjoy their “right to the city”—walking free and without fear.

To commemorate Women’s day this year, we wanted to share with all of you (women and men) the BBC's banned documentary India’s Daughter.

If you have watched the documentary and feel disgusted by the comments of defence lawyers, we would encourage you to sign a petition aiming to "Initiate investigation and take appropriate action against Nirbhaya defence lawyers."


La revancha de los cités: dos planes revivirán a estas históricas viviendas

This article was first published by El Definido on 24.02.2015 and republished here with the permission of its author Magdalena Araus, Chile.

Imagen: © Iván Theoduloz / Arquibus

Restauraciones, renovación y nuevas construcciones que los imitan son las maneras de revivir a los cités en Santiago. Estas primeras viviendas sociales cada vez son más valoradas, tienen muchos beneficios que ofrecer y no están dispuestas a morir.


Sustainable University Campus: neighbourhood and surroundings

The following article (in Spanish) describes the work undertaken by 2nd. year students of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Chile. The challenge was to situate an existing campus (in a transition to sustainability) and improve its presence within the city and with its citizens--how can a sustainable campus become a positive element in the urban fabric?
The proposals and details of the exploration can be found in the webpage developed by the students:

Escenarios sustentables para el campus Beauchef y la FAU

Source: escenarios sustentables campus Beauchef y FAU