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May 2016
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Happy Spring 2016! While CAN is proud to support Perween Rahman fellows for the 3rd year in a row, and ready to host a joint workshop with the DPU, UCL in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, under CAN CAM for the third year in a row, our network is about to enter a new, and uncertain phase. The 3-year funding provided by the German charity Misereor will close in July, and no funding has been secured yet for CAN activities in the future. The future of CAN, and where do we go from here? will be one of the main discussion topics this July, at CAN’s fourth regional workshop this year to be held in Bangkok. What can be done to assure CAN’s member groups in each country are self-suffient? How can we continue to network, and support each other financially, Inspirationally, and technically across countries? 

At this particular moment of CAN’s evolution we are trying to paint the situation of community architecture within each country in the network, to compile experiences and skills of community architects all across Asia. Hopefully the short book will be ready to be distribute at the next regional workshop. If you are one of the countries who hasnt submitted material yet please do, so we can make this hope a reality!
December 2015
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This 5th CAN newsletter is a bamboo themed issue, bringing a number of inspiring stories on bamboo from Korea and Indonesia. Most significantly CAN’s presence at the international bamboo conference held in Korea this year, in which the CAN team went on a mini road show, presenting about participatory design at a number of venues. Also this fall, CAN and ACHR facilitated a parallel session on community-led design solutions at the Asian Pacific Urban Forum in October in Jakarta. On the other side of the world in New York, out of over 400 candidates, CAN was a finalist at the Buckminster Fuller Award ceremony. The Buckminster Fuller Challenge award gives a sizeable amount of money to supporting activities which bring a social and ecologically sustainable innovative solution to the worlds problems. The winner was a kelp farming initiative in the US for fisherman with increasing insecure livelihoods, and a runner up with CAN was the Manila Housing Authority in India, working with Slum Dwellers.
July 2015
CAN Newsletter July 2015
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In June the Phillipines hosted the 3rd CAN Regional workshop for the second edition in a row. Thank-you to all the Philippines Alliance for taking on the task of organizing it and doing it
so well! This year, beyond participants from the CAN network in Asian countries, for the first time the workshop was open to “outsiders”, as a way to broaden the network. Participants from Nepal unfortunately weren’t present, as they are still very busy responding to the earthquake - covered in this issue - but we were lucky, our friend network Slum Dwellers International were able to attend all the way from South Africa.

In May, CANCAM in Cambodia organized another international workshop together with the Development Planning Unit from London, demonstrating an incredible growth in terms of capacity. CAN is growing, evolving and maturing. At the latest Core Team meeting in the Phillippines following the regional workshop, we talked a lot about how to restructure the network for the future to achieve more decentralization and self-sustainability.

In parallel, CAN is being recognized more and more as an international platform with a unique approach providing a much needed contribution to development work. The Buckminster Fuller Institute selected CAN as one of the 14 finalists among more than 400 applicants to their annual award based on such criteria as “Visionary, Comprehensive, Anticipatory, Ecologically Responsible, Verifiable, Feasible, and Replicable”.