LifeArk: Fast Company's 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards Finalist
9 April, 2018: World Changing Ideas, now in its second year, celebrates businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future. 12 winners and 240 finalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,400 total entries.
"All the entries deeply impressed us with their creativity, boldness, and potential for real impact–especially poignant in a year where any progress has seemed, at times, impossible." - Fast Company
"LifeArk is a physical solution to vulnerable human living conditions caused by climate change, natural disasters, armed conflict, and economic disparity through a pre-fabricated, modular building system that can create self-sustaining aquatic or terrestrial communities. " - Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge 2017 Semifinalist
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge program has been highlighting and celebrating exceptional examples of “whole systems” design across many sectors for the past 10 years. Launched in 2007, the program has been widely regarded as "socially-responsible design’s highest award".
“LifeArk has presented an innovative way to address the needs of our most vulnerable populations. They understand we do not have a homeless problem; we have a housing problem. Their innovative way to address the high cost of housing is a game changer for years to come."
-Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation CEO & President
LifeArk exists to create safe, sustainable and affordable homes for people living in low-income, marginalized communities around the world.
The daily life of one family dedicated to the indigenous people along the Amazon river of Santa Rosa Island was the catalyst for LifeArk.
With houses built on stilts, here was a community spending eight months of the year battling flooding (with water levels fluctuating up to 8 meters)—trapped in a cycle of poverty generation after generation.
As architects we sought to solve this fundamental problem through good design—a process through which we realized there was a global crisis.