AWB-Oregon welcomes Rafael Toma Solano, project manager and trainer with Cascadia Clusters, to our June open meeting. A nonprofit general contractor, Cascadia Clusters trains homeless individuals in framing, roofing, insulating, and finish carpentry. Toma will discuss Cascadia Clusters’ role in the development of Agape Village, a self-governed community of tiny homes for the houseless, and other local projects. He will highlight design and building lessons learned, as well as the goals and process of Cascadia Clusters’ training program.
NOTE: Our charrette for the Q Center will take place in July.
About Cascadia Clusters
Cascadia Clusters is a local 501c3 nonprofit general contractor that trains the houseless to build. We build tiny homes for villages, “clusters”, and private purchase. We also provide a wide range of residential and small commercial construction services!
About Architects Without Borders-Oregon
Architects Without Borders-Oregon assists communities in need by providing design and planning services through a volunteer network of professionals and students.
- Connect the Oregon design and building community to communities and non-profit groups that need architectural assistance.
- Address urgent and chronic conditions of inadequate infrastructure, community facilities, and shelter.
- Provide opportunities for architecture students and interns to gain experience in service, collaboration, design, and construction.
- Assess potential projects in order to understand the needs of the community, the feasibility of providing effective assistance, and the availability of appropriate volunteers and institutional and material resources.
- Respect and work closely with the people served by our efforts.
- Collaborate with relief and development agencies, government entities, building professionals, and educational institutions in interdisciplinary teams. Involve local labor, resources and technology.
- Provide designs and use practices and technologies that are environmentally responsible and appropriate to the culture and climate of each location. Utilize charrette techniques to maximize involvement and clarify potential solutions.
- Support each project team by recruiting volunteers; making contacts within the professional community; providing publicity, legal support and budgeting; and conducting fundraising for AWB’s work.
Cover image courtesy About Architects Without Borders-Oregon.