Sichuan Earthquake

    Architecture for Humanity http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/

    Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need. We believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference.

    By tapping a network of professionals willing to lend their time and their talents to helping those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we support community development, help communities rebuild after disaster and provide pro bono design services to community partners around the world.

    Through the power of professional design, we build safer, more sustainable and highly innovative structures--structures that become assets to their communities and ongoing symbols of the ability of people to come together to envision a better future.

    Our vision is one of a world where designers innovate globally to build housing, schools, clinics and other essential infrastructure locally. We believe that this can be achieved not by replicating a design that was successful in one situation in another, but by encouraging locally-inspired designs and by enabling these solutions to be shared and freely adapted by all.

    To realize this vision, Architecture for Humanity created the Open Architecture Network, the first site on the Web to provide access to open source architectural plans.

    Finally, through competitions, workshops, educational forums, exhibitions, and other activities, we foster public appreciation for the many ways that architecture and design can improve lives.

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum www.cooperhewitt.org/

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. It is the mission of Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and Board of Trustees to advance the public understanding of design across the twenty-four centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection. The Museum was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt—granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper—as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. A branch of the Smithsonian since 1967, Cooper-Hewitt is housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The campus also includes two historic townhouses renovated with state-of-the-art conservation technology and a unique terrace and garden. Cooper-Hewitt’s collections include more than 250,000 design objects and a world-class design library. Its exhibitions, in-depth educational programs, and on-site, degree-granting master’s program explore the process of design, both historic and contemporary. As part of its mission, Cooper-Hewitt annually sponsors the National Design Awards, a prestigious program which honors innovation and excellence in American design. Together, these resources and programs reinforce Cooper-Hewitt’s position as the preeminent museum and educational authority for the study of design in the United States.

    MoMA www.moma.org “Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Through the leadership of its Trustees and staff, The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of unparalleled significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory that are recognized as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of preeminent intellectual merit. Central to The Museum of Modern Art’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves. To achieve its goals The Museum of Modern Art recognizes: • That modern and contemporary art originated in the exploration of the ideals and interests generated in the new artistic traditions that began in the late nineteenth century and continue today. • That modern and contemporary art transcend national boundaries and involve all forms of visual expression, including painting and sculpture, drawings, prints and illustrated books, photography, architecture and design, and film and video, as well as new forms yet to be developed or understood, that reflect and explore the artistic issues of the era. • That these forms of visual expression are an open-ended series of arguments and counter arguments that can be explored through exhibitions and installations and are reflected in the Museum’s varied collection. • That it is essential to affirm the importance of contemporary art and artists if the Museum is to honor the ideals with which it was founded and to remain vital and engaged with the present. • That this commitment to contemporary art enlivens and informs our evolving understanding of the traditions of modern art. • That to remain at the forefront of its field, the Museum must have an outstanding professional staff and must periodically reevaluate itself, responding to new ideas and initiatives with insight, imagination, and intelligence. The process of reevaluation is mandated by the Museum’s tradition, which encourages openness and a willingness to evolve and change. In sum, The Museum of Modern Art seeks to create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present, in an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children.  

    Stray Animal in Taiwan

    Humane Society www.humanesociety.org Their involvement in Taiwan: The Humane Society International held an animal welfare conference in Taiwan in the summer of 1996 and has since been engaged in the issue with stray animals in Taiwan. “In the six years since that call for help was made, HSUS/HSI, assisted by the Hawaiian Humane Society, have conducted eight in-depth training sessions for Taiwanese shelter workers, veterinarians, representatives of various government agencies and private organizations, and others. Staff have made regular visits to the island to help design and implement a comprehensive and humane program of animal care and control. (See the Chronology of HSUS/HSI Animal Protection Activities in Taiwan) With the guidance, training, and information that have been provided, many improvements have been made. But much remains to be done as we continue our efforts to alleviate the suffering of Taiwan's stray dogs and cats.“ Article can be found at http://www.hsus.org/hsi/dogsandcats/streetanimalwelfare/taiwananimalcontrol/ New York Office: Human Society of NY www.humansocietsocietyny.com – Mission Statement “On any given day the Humane Society of New York is responsible for hundreds of animals with diverse needs. For many, the Society is the only place they will find help: • Seven days a week, dog and cat owners with limited means turn to the Society for quality veterinary care at affordable rates. • Services range from basic wellness care to spay/neuter to advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures. • Neediest cases (frequently elderly or disabled owners with acutely ill pets) receive full or partial underwriting for care; costs are covered through the Society's Animal Emergency Appeal. Each year, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of life-giving care for animals in need is made a reality through such underwriting. • The Animal Mukti Free Spay/Neuter Program covers 100% of spay/neuter costs for pet owners. The service is available by appointment. • Also by appointment, owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes may have their pets neutered at any time, costs covered by the Society. • The Outdoor Cat Spay/Neuter Program - the New York area's first such effort-prevents much unnecessary suffering by underwriting spay/neuter and basic wellness care for feral cats. • In the adoption center rescued dogs and cats of all ages await placement in carefully screened, permanent homes. • Adoption dogs are evaluated and trained under the supervision of renowned animal behaviorist Bill Berloni, the Society's Director of Dog Training. After dogs go home, Bill continues to guide and assist new owners. • All adoption pets are microchipped on arrival. • All adoption animals are neutered.

    The Humane Society of New York has long been noted for its innovative, highly individualized approach to animal care; its pioneer attitude is now reflected in programs coming to the fore nationwide. Each year finds us reaching for a higher level of care. As new technologies and medical advances such as digital radiography and ultrasound-guided biopsy become available, the Humane Society of New York evolves as well. Developing programs offer exciting opportunities for support and sponsorship.” While I was looking for their mission statement, I came a cross a incredibly graphic video on the current dog meat market in the Philippines (https://community.hsus.org/campaign/stopdogmeat_trade.) This is something I am very much interested in and will furth investigate.

    ASPCA www.aspca.org Vision and mission: The ASPCA, the first humane society in North America and, today, one of the largest humane societies in the world, was founded by Henry Bergh and incorporated in 1866 by a special act of the New York State legislature. The vision of the ASPCA is that the United States is a humane community in which all animals are treated with respect and kindness. The mission of the ASPCA, as stated by Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

    On the topic of companian animals: The ASPCA recognizes the legitimacy of the human/companion animal bond. It is the ASPCA’s belief that appropriate pets carefully maintained are fully justified, and that both humans and animals benefit from the relationship. Responsible companion animal guardians will make sure that their pets do not disturb others or despoil public property. They will undertake the training necessary to resolve nuisance behaviors [see position statements on training aids/methods, surgical procedures for resolving behavior problems and behavioral pharmacology], and obey all local laws regarding vaccinating, leashing, licensing, cleaning up after and other aspects of responsible pet keeping.

    Bideawee http://www.bideawee.org/index.php

    Mission Bideawee's Mission is to promote and support safe, loving, long-term relationships between people and companion animals by providing a continuum of services and programs that are innovative, personalized and of high quality.

    Values Relationship. We believe that a loving relationship with a companion animal is enriching, promotes health and well-being, and brings joy to everyday life. Adoption is a relationship, not a transaction. Safe, Caring Environments. We believe that every dog and cat deserves to live in a safe, loving, and suitable home. Respect for Animals as Members of the Community. We believe that companion animals are important, contributing members of families and the community and should be accepted and respected as such. Information Sharing and Education. We believe that people should have easy access to adequate information, resources and other services to support the health, behavior and their enjoyment of their cats and dogs throughout their lifetime. Continuous Improvement and Personal Service. We believe in developing personalized services and high quality programs through effective, continuous improvement and leadership. Honesty and Consideration. We believe in acting with honesty, care, and consideration in the workplace and in everything we do. At Bideawee, our primary responsibility is to help each and every person be a caring and knowledgeable pet parent.

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