Anselmo Canfora founded Initiative reCOVER, a program established to assist disaster recovery efforts and underserved populations through partnerships with humanitarian, community-based organizations, professional firms and manufacturers. Initiative reCOVER promotes a collaborative entrepreneurial interdisciplinary spirit in service of hands-on, design-build learning experiences, and the advancement of building technologies, methods, and materials. Based on a fundamental philosophy that design and building processes are dialectically interdependent, a building – or the act of building – is not simply considered a result, outcome, or even a product of design, but instead it is promoted as a collaborative effort well informed by thoughtful research, substantive interdisciplinary exchanges, and direct community involvement.
Architecture and engineering, academic and professional, non-profit and governmental agency partnerships are essential for the efficacy of Initiative reCOVER’s primary goals which are: first, to positively affect the design and building of safe, healthy, and sustainable communities around the world through partnerships with non-profit, humanitarian organizations; second, to focus students’ attention on immediate, real-world, hands-on design applications and experiences in service of a comprehensive architectural design education; third, to work to advance translational research in the areas of building materials, methods, techniques and technologies in the discipline of architecture; and fourth, working with industry partners, develop state of the art, production-ready building systems and products to make available for sustainable domestic and international applications. In 2010, Anselmo received an AIA Education Honor Award for reCOVER’s Gita primary school project in Uganda.
Assist disaster recovery efforts and underserved populations through partnerships with humanitarian organizations, professional firms and manufacturers.
• Third Organization
•Housing & Community Development
•Neighborhood Planning Studio
• Design Driven Manufacturing Studio
AIA Education Honor Award for Gita Primary School, Uganda