| Sep 20, 2011 |
Design do-good organizations merge for a green future
Boh staff
By Staff

Architecture for Humanity has acquired Worldchanging, a solutions-based publication about the planet's future, and merged its assets with the Open Architecture Network to create a robust network equipped to bring solutions to global challenges to life.

"Design increasingly includes discussions of policy and planning, communication, social justice and science, and issues that once fell outside the traditional bounds of architecture are now at the heart of professional practice," according to the release.

“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 Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity.

“Thanks in part to this positive team effort, Worldchanging has a bright future with Architecture for Humanity," said Stephanie Pure, Board President of Worldchanging.

Over the next six months Architecture for Humanity plans to transform their current Open Architecture Network, an on-line network that empowers architects, designers, builders and their clients to share architectural plans and drawings, into a robust platform that provides dialogue and tools to support a shared vision of a more sustainable future across sectors. The combined strength of these communities, both created out of the TED Prize, will help spur innovation, learning, and best practices.

The new site will include project management tools, offer case studies on innovative solutions and provide tools for aid and development organizations evaluate their programs in the field.

"Last decade was about imagining the solutions that could help us meet big planetary problems," said Worldchanging co-founder and former Executive Editor Alex Steffen. "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 summer, Architecture for Humanity met with over sixty writers, contributors, stakeholders and supporters to envision the transition of these sites. “Worldchanging has helped frame the global conversation on sustainability over the past seven years, and we couldn’t be more excited for Architecture for Humanity to take the reins and continue to push the boundaries of what we can achieve together,” Worldchanging co-founder Jamais Cascio noted "I can't imagine Worldchanging being in better hands."

Many of the original writers to Worldchanging, including co-founders Jamais Cascio and Alex Steffen, have signed up to contribute to the new site. They look forward to a bright green future together.

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