Our Mission

FAARM cultivates social, economic and environmental growth through its Focus on Architecture, Art, Research and Making. We are designers and architects developing innovative solutions for sustainable building. Together with local clients, construction professionals and artisans, we build upon our collective expertise so that all are empowered to participate in the long-term development of their communities.

About Us

We are designers and architects developing innovative solutions for sustainable building. Together with local clients, construction professionals and artisans, we build upon our collective expertise so that all are empowered to participate in the long-term development of their communities.

How to Help

Support our work with a donation today! Your support is immensely important to us. FAARM is a non-profit design collaborative working for the public good. However modest your donation, it enables us to carry on work in vulnerable communities across the globe.
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Our Mission

FAARM cultivates social, economic and environmental growth through its Focus on Architecture, Art, Research and Making.

01_arial_rendering_hl_0_0Our purpose as a charitable organization is to develop sustainable design solutions for dwelling, education, and the environment in order to improve social, economic and ecological conditions for vulnerable communities around the world. Our primary activity will be to integrate design as a catalyst for creating long term design strategies and design solutions for local stake holders who are left vulnerable due to social and economic injustice, victims of natural disasters, and women and children in areas of extreme poverty. We will identify and serve as liaisons between local leaders, non-profits and community organizations, and both local and international for-profit businesses. To create a productive exchange of resources to facilitate the recovery and growth of communities in areas of need.

Formally known as Studio Unite’ Focus on Architecture Art Research Making, doing business as FAARM, is a 501(c)3 registered tax-exempt organization in the state of New York.

 


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We are designers and architects developing innovative solutions for sustainable building. Together with local clients, construction professionals and artisans, we build upon our collective expertise so that all are empowered to participate in the long-term development of their communities.

 


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Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes in the earthquake that occurred in April. Third Wave Volunteers and The Conscious Connections Foundation are helping to distribute lights to those in need.

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Many Haitians are still recovering from the earthquake that occurred in January 2010.
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A great flood of refugees continues to pour out of Turkey from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The tide shows little sign of stopping and Third Wave Volunteers are bringing relief to families and orphans fleeing to Lesbos, Greece.
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The people of Santhiou Mam Gor are not lacking in love, rather in resources. Help support the lick-wilmerding high school and drew school in providing lights to west africa.

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Help support Third Wave Volunteers‘s relief efforts in Ecuador after a recent earthquake kills over 500 people. Support aid workers on the ground today.
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The Senase Project began to change from a focus solely on education to a realization that in order to truly help those children in Akatim, we need to focus on the community as a whole. We strive to help create healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy hearts.

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We are a world of multiple cultures, colors, beliefs, ideas, and religions. We are born, needing the same sorts of things: water, food, love and Light.


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Projects

10 Million Rays of Light Campaign™

Location: Seattle, WA
Client: Global Music Community
Project Team: Alice Min Soo Chun, Alison Thompson, Lara Lavi, Tina Liberio Lang
Start Date: May, 15 2016
Project Description:

The 10 Million Rays of Light Campaign is inspired by the mission of designer entrepreneur Alice Chun, Founding President of New York City based Solight Design, singer songwriter and environmentalist Lara Lavi and emergency medic humanitarian Alison Thompson to bring renewable solar light to electricity poor people around the world and help with urgent needs in critical places like Haiti, Nepal and even for the Syrian refugees landing in Greece. The campaign launches May 15, 2016 with an already sold out youth concert featuring Gypsy Temple, at the historic 99 year old Columbia City Theater in Seattle, Washington but quickly goes viral around the world.

Solight Design plans to invite celebrities, press and key influencers to join the 10 Million Rays of Light Campaign and coordinate celebrity endorsements with the campaign’s director of celebrity endorsements and social media – Tina Lang by signing up at www.10MRaysOfLight.org or contacting Tina directly at Tina@dreamingincolorent.com.

It’s a simple message – buy one for yourself and one for someone in need, designate which organization you want the lights to go to (form will be on the website by May 15, 2016 and you will get a tax deduction through either nonprofit organizations FAARM or Third Wave Volunteers depending on which country you request to send your second light to. Make a video, post it on your social media, endorse the campaign and pass it on. Says founder Alice Chun, “This campaign can make a difference in millions of people’s lives and help us reduce our collective carbon foot print at the same time. Together we hold the sun in our hand. We are all already part of 10 Million Rays of Light.”


Ground Rules in Humanitarian Design

Location: NA, Publication
Client: Design community
Project Team: Alice Min Soo Chun, Irene Brisson, Maryline Damour
Start Date: Summer 2010
Publication: Winter 2012 Click Here to Purchase
Project Description:

This edited anthology provides a wide array of viable solutions to infrastructure, housing, economic growth, health care, and social welfare. Designers can no longer draw from insular practices, but must engage inclusive participation and tools as the binding glue for creating successful self-sustaining cultures and reducing world vulnerability. This book will facilitate the active role of design as a social response to vulnerability and risk, whether preparing a design for furniture or city, by providing guidelines as a vital first step is the development for action. These guidelines; often referred to as “ground rules” or “community norms,” will provide the design community a framework to ensure open, respectful dialogue and maximum participation as collateral for long term sustainability. The functional and beneficial out come of this book is the design and materialization of exemplar building communities emerging from these new paradigms for the future of global humanity. Using the recent earthquake in Haiti as a point of departure for our book, this publication will integrate research and documentation of the cultural history, social and political confluence, and ecological tensions that are systemic in regions where disaster, poverty, and crisis prevail.


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