Place. Culture. Community.
The challenge: design a small, outdoor community gathering space which exhibits exemplary design using reuse materials.
This year the competition combines issues of program, culture and context to the challenge of designing with reuse materials. We are asking you to design a space that will allow Hope House* to continue growing by moving some of its programs outside. This will solve their need for space and increase their connection to the neighborhood.
We selected "Porch" as the theme for our 2014 ReSpace competition because porches are a key element of the southern vernacular. They are central to southern culture. They are a primary place where neighbors gather, socialize and become a community.
“We hope to use this space to help our community…to provide a comfortable outdoor space for our seniors to sit and be a part our annual events…a place for seating and a screen for outdoor movies…storage for our clothing giveaway, we get clothes year round and are forced to donate them to other charities because we don't enough room to store them… to expand our participation in the Read and Feed program that provides books, food, and tutors to children who need them...” - Norma J. Bennekin, Hope House Community Projects Assistant
*A non-profit outreach program for the inner-city of Wake Forest, NC