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Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC)

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, November 8-9
Cost: $40/session; all proceeds will be contributed to the Open Architecture Collaborative network to support community design efforts throughout the world.
Details: Limit 1 session per attendee.

Designing for communities in need locally and in the developing world.

The Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) booth will feature images and models of projects of the Boston chapter, both completed and “on the boards” as well as information about the organization. The Boston chapter is part of a global network providing free architectural, design and planning services to communities in need locally and throughout the world.

Also featured at the booth will be a unique 18’ diameter x 19’ high bamboo structure, based on the Warka Tower* concept. The inside of the structure will be used for workshops and presentations of the work of the OAC, particularly the work of the Boston Chapter.

The session described below will be presented each day. Attendees can register through the ABX registration system. 

Warka Tower is a vertical structure designed to collect and harvest potable water from the air, providing an alternative water source for rural populations that face challenges accessing drinkable water.

An Introduction to the Open Architecture Collaborative
Presented by members of the Boston chapter

Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) provides free architectural and design services for communities in need, locally and in the developing world.  It also acts as a facilitator for the provision of such free services by other individuals, organizations and firms. In this workshop, provided at the OAC booth on the ABX/Greenbuild exhibition floor, members of the OAC Boston chapter will describe the work of OAC and explain how the organization operated both locally and internationally. Included will be an overview of how OAC is contributing to the recovery effort in Texas and Louisiana after the devastating floods of tropical storm Harvey.  Also included will be descriptions of several local and developing world projects, including projects for not-for-profit organizations in the Boston area and several educational, healthcare and community projects in Haiti and Nepal.  The workshop will focus on similarities and differences among these varied projects and how they are designed using volunteer design teams.  Also discussed will be the challenges and rewards of providing free services to communities in need in different parts of the world.


Wednesday, November 8
OA1: An Introduction to the Open Architecture Collaborative | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday, November 9
OA4: An Introduction to the Open Architecture Collaborative | 2:00pm – 3:00pm