As a new organization working at the intersection of climate action and architecture & design, we are thrilled to announce our 2023-2024 Cohort—the people, practices, and nonprofit organizations we’ll proudly support over the next year.
The world of architecture tends to operate within predefined industry models; either client-based or competition-based, architectural projects are often rooted in extractive incentives. The industry has both a massive ecological footprint and, on the other hand, the transformational potential to help create a better world. Despite this reality, the discipline is typically overlooked and underfunded by traditional philanthropy. We’re working to establish a blueprint for philanthropy in architecture and climate change mitigation via our three funding models —Grants, Initiatives, and the Practice Lab—through which we resource the development of community-led solutions and people addressing the root causes of climate breakdown, reimagining our socioecological systems, and centering community action—especially hyper-local, grassroots projects, and particularly the work of women, youth, and historically underserved communities.
Through our Grants, we pursue efforts to innovate and deploy proven solutions to social inequality and the climate crisis, funding across three areas of focus: Social Participatory Education, Collective Ownership, and Intersectional Biodiversity & Climate Care. We support three types of Initiatives: media-based initiatives (editorial projects that amplify lived experiences, facilitate connections, and deepen conversations around climate resilience and our social relationships to built space), network-based initiatives (community building through programmed convenings that intersect with our mission), and education-based initiatives (experiences produced by educators to influence architecture & design practice and dialogue, and that reach beyond academia for those seeking non-traditional educational perspectives). Our Practice Lab is a space of learning by doing: the lab conducts research-based experiments to identify key areas of focus, test informed hypotheses, and share unique learnings to scale the impact of these ideas. In the first experiment, “Practice-Based Funding,” we invited architecture studios to propose and realize local, self-initiated, community-driven projects.
Cohort 2023 marks our first year of catalyzing these new pathways for architectures of planetary well-being, and we are truly honored to present them. The full list of organizations, people and practices in re:arc’s 2023 cohorts is below, and further information on each across our website via grants, the practice lab, and initiatives pages.
Global Alliance for Green & Gender Action
African Biodiversity Network
Climate Emergency Software Alliance
Fundación Oasis Urbana
Kounkuey Design Initiative
Comunal Taller de Arquitectura
Council of Minorities
Taeyoon Choi, ArtCom Platform, UnMake Lab & Mina Kim
MAIA Group & the Black Land and Spatial Justice Project
Gabriella Gomez-Mont & The Institute for Everything In-between
Catalina M. Moreno, Gabriela Leandro Pereira, Felipe Arturo
Mikaela Loach & Jess Mally
Center for Community Land Trust Innovation
Social Design Collaborative
Island City Lab
Emergent Vernacular Architecture
Oficina de Resiliencia Urbana