global studio comms diag

Can a one page strategy diagram really fix all the challenges of the world’s under-privileged communities?

Sceptics would say no. Yet it’s widely agreed that good communications among ‘stakeholders’ are vital to the success of all community development projects.

The above diagram is a convincing summary of the main human transactions necessary to accelerate successful collaborations. It’s intended to guide international architecture students and partners at the Global Studio series of community solutions workshops in developing countries.

Dr Anna Rubbo, leader of the Global Studios.

Dr Anna Rubbo, leader of the Global Studios.

Conceived in 2005 by Australian architect Dr Anna Rubbo – now with Columbia University’s Earth institute in New York –  this matrix of captioned pictograms both advertises and underpins her plan for Global Studios to bring architecture skills and first-world technologies to help solve problems for poor communities around the world.

A travelling exhibition on the Global Studios – People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization – is at New York’s Center for Architecture (American Institute of Architects) 3 December 2013-4 January 2014. It documents community-driven urban development projects in India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Asia and the United States.

‘While the emphasis is on solving challenges in developing countries, it speaks to issues in developed countries, such as inequality, public participation in city decisions, and climate change,’ said Dr Rubbo.

During 2013 the exhibition was shown in Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Cincinnati, Delhi, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Riode Janiero, Shanghai and Sydney. Speakers at the NY opening will be Dr Rubbo, NY AIA 2014 president Lance Jay Brown, and architect Michael Sorkin, director of the graduate urban design program at the City College of New York.