Thursday, February 04, 2010

The San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects invites you to the following Black History Month Events:

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 pm. Location: Anshen and Allen
General Business Meeting and Lecture by Ifeoma Ebo
"Healing by Design: AIDS Clinics/Community Care Centers in South Africa"
Ms. Ebo will speak about her experiences in South Africa exploring the importance of architecture in the healing process for individuals and disadvantaged communities affected by the AIDS epidemic. She subsequently led a design team in the development of a home based care center in the Umlazi Township of Kwa Zulu Natal.

Ifeoma Ebo is a designer at Anshen & Allen and the 2009 recipient of the John M. Patterson AIA Travel Fellowship, an annual travel grant sponsored by Anshen & Allen.

Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 pm. Location: Anshen and Allen
Lecture by Professor Lisa Findley
"From Township to Town: Post-Apartheid Transformations"

Under the South African apartheid regime, black and colored townships were bedrooms for underpaid and segregated laborers and their families. There were no civic structures, minimal infrastructure and commercial activities were tightly controlled by the government. The end of apartheid in 1994 may have changed the country politically, but the townships remain spatially distinct and economically segregated. Lisa Findley discusses several efforts to transform the former townships into vital and lively towns.

Lisa Findley is a professor at California College of the Arts, author of Building Change: Architecture, Politics and Cultural Agency and Contributing Editor for Architectural Record.

Friday, Feb. 26 from 7:30–11:30 pm. Location: YBCA Galleries & Forum Building. 701 Mission Street @ 3rd
Exhibit Design by Deanna Van Buren, Principal of FOURM design+build+educate
"Global Lives Project Opening Celebration"
RBI, Grand Lobby & Forum
FREE! YBCA recommends sending your RSVP to them.

YBCA presents the world premiere of the Global Lives Project, an innovative video installation featuring documentaries that capture 24 hours in the lives of ten people from around the world who represent the diversity of the global population. Working with acclaimed filmmakers, artists and designers, Global Lives assembles the realities of everyday life from Lebanon, Serbia, China, India, Japan, Malawi, Indonesia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and San Francisco into an installation by architectural and design visionaries of Sand Studios and FOURM design+build+educate.

Tuesday, March 2 at 6:00 pm. Location: Museum of Craft and Folk Arts. 51 Yerba Buena Lane at Mission Street between Third and Fourth

Special Group Viewing of "Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali"

This show gives long overdue recognition to contemporary Malian fabric artisans and highlights the enduring significance of textiles as a major form of aesthetic of Mali. Social issues such as the empowerment of women, the status of dress and current trends in fabric design will be explored. This is a special private tour and reception for NOMA.

For more information: or to RSVP please contact Tiana Robinson,

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