26 September 2002
Architects are using the first national architecture week to get behind a new charity aimed at housing the homeless in buildings awaiting redevelopment.
‘By opening their offices and providing useful advice to the public, architects will be able to help in raising funds to establish CRASH,’ said Ms Caroline Pidcock, President of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), NSW Chapter.
CRASH is the acronym for Construction Industry Relief and Assistance for Sydney’s Homeless and is being developed by architect Col James, of the Buchan Fell Institute, Sydney University.
Mr James recently received a Byera Hadley Fellowship from the NSW Board of Architects to study a similar charity in London.
Basically the idea behind CRASH is developing a specific short term lease enabling homeless people to occupy buildings slated for demolition or renovation.
Ms Pidcock will host the launch of CRASH on Tuesday 8 October and has written inviting all the NSW members to open their offices during the afternoon of Thursday 10 October to the public.
In return for a donation of $50.00 that will be given to CRASH, the public can spend 30 minutes with an architect discussing their own projects.
Lists of architecture practices who are participating in this worthwhile cause are available from the RAIA on 02 9356 2955. ENDS
Stella de Vulder/Annette Dearing 02 9356 2955 m: 0412 341 013
Caroline Pidcock 02 9357 1366 m: 0418 248 010