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How The AIA Says Architects Can Make the World a Better Place

     Robert Ivy, the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, has put forth a unique and challenging concept: Architects should stop looking at the buildings they create as mere objects, and start looking at them as elements of social change. To make this concept more accessible, Ivy has broken it down into actionable steps that he shared with interviewers from Smartplanet.com.

How Can Architecture Affect Public Health?

Ivy put forth the example of Central Park in New York as a notable moment when architects found a way to improve public health. The park’s designers built it in a part of the city where disenfranchised people were living. The park brought the development that has become famous worldwide, but its initial purpose was to be a clean, safe space for people to exercise. Ivy suggests that future architects can build on this idea, putting thought into how their designs can improve the condition of the people occupying them. In addition, thoughtful materials selection in design can go a long way toward improving public health, according to Robert Ivy.

The Responsibility of Architects

Ivy reiterated the mantra of those in the architectural field, to promote health, safety, and welfare, but pointed out that many professionals had heard it repeated so often that it had lost its meaning. He credited the new generation of architects with an increased drive to find ways to improve the world with their art. He suggested careful consideration in the creation of buildings, especially where those buildings impact the lives of the disadvantaged. He also suggested building on the momentum of the next generation by introducing a hackathon, to find ways to integrate software and apps into buildings and architectural designs.

The Power of Collaboration

Toward the end of the interview, Robert Ivy pointed out how important interdisciplinary collaboration can be. Professionals from other fields, including doctors, scientists, and nonprofit leaders can offer insights and perspective that can spark truly great design concepts.

With the leadership of Robert Ivy and his team at the AIA, architects are beginning to regain their initiative to improve the world around them. Architecture professionals are exploring new technologies, and the future of the architecture industry looks brighter than ever before.

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After 10 Years Avaaz Continues To Grow And Unite World Voices

Avaaz means “voice” in many different languages, Asian, Middle Eastern and European. Avaaz is a now decade old global online network for citizens around the world to take actions on the issues they care about.

The organization engages in and addresses issues from climate change to global poverty to the crisis in the Middle East. Avaaz.org launched in early 2007. It is a worldwide internet based movement aimed at bringing people powered politics into the decision and policy making process of governments and nations across the globe.

It is a non profit organization that advocates the importance of social activism.

With a community of millions of citizens from around the globe taking actions on the world’s most global issues today. The organization operates in 13 languages showing that the world is unified under a progressive action.

Avaaz campaigning tactics are mainly resourced via the internet. Online public petitions, videos and a program known as email your leader tools.

In the early years of the Avaaz foundation at the 2007 GA conference, an international event which is observed and reported by news media, Avaaz went as far as to protest against the U.S’s Bush Administration for its working tactics making them out to be “wrecking tactics”.

Early in new U.S. President Donald Trump’s term, Avaaz formulated an open letter to Mr Trump displaying their concern with his hate mongering, bigotry and the denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans and millions of other human beings that do not talk or look like he does or pray to the same god that he does.

The open letter was signed by over 4.6 million people after just a few short days of being online. Going viral around the world from France, Canada, The United States and many other nations. Avaaz credits Trump’s over the line travel ban executive order that is currently being upheld in the U.S. federal court system.

The Avaaz global civic movement seems to be matching peoples opinions from all over the world. With decisive and concrete action their call is about organizing people, building a movement and empowering the voice of the people around the world. With millions of people from all over the world, standing up together and making sure their voices are heard.

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