Spring 2019

Global design equality

On International Women’s Day we’re calling for a more gender-balanced world. We strongly believe that women’s empowerment, particularly in the built environment, leads to society’s advancement.

Among other things, we’re excited to share with you two new projects that empower women to be design leaders in their communities.

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Heart of the home

The project analyses the challenges women living below the poverty line in Bangladesh face, in the kitchen. We’re examining cooking and hygiene practices, products, infrastructure, construction materials and spatial design. Our aim is to co-design solutions that improve the health and wellbeing of women. Learn more >>

“During rainy season the kitchen floods. The roof needs to be repaired so I cook under an umbrella… I have to make sure water doesn’t get into the stove or the fire goes out.” - Rumar, Bangladesh

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Build for safety

Bangladesh experiences floods, cyclones and earthquakes. However, the underlying disaster is the desperate poverty in rural communities which forces people to live in hazardous locations and in poor quality housing. We aim to train 120 women to build for safety in 2019. Just £19 to enable one woman to attend. Learn more >>


Our AzuKo family

We’d like to thank our trustee Janani Vivekananda for her time with us over the last year and wish her much luck for the future. We welcome Radwa Rostom and Julie Christie-Webb to our board who bring extensive experience of human-centred design and the charity sector. Meet our team >>

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Job: Fundraising Officer

Are you passionate about social impact? Help us annually increase and manage grant funding income from Trusts. Read more >>

Watch your inbox - we’ll be inviting you to join bimonthly brainstorms as part of an ongoing discussion with our friends and supporters about all things AzuKo.

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Measuring impact at Emmaus

Emmaus UK in St Albans is a charity which provides 33 homeless people with a safe home environment and the opportunity for employment. We worked with companions, staff and trustees to define the brief for a shop expansion. 18 months after completion we returned with Ryder to evaluate the impact the building has had. Learn more >>

“You’re not banging around so much, you’re not trying to dodge customers.” - Companion, Emmaus UK

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Blog: Design is meeting needs

Our Emmaus project shows that quality engagement at the outset of the design process is vital in order to meet needs. Read more >>


Cheer them on!

Our fundraisers set themselves huge challenges to raise money for our work. In 2019 Justin Brown, Tom Wallace and Beth Ashbridge are all taking on 26.2 gruelling miles. Show your support: Justin / Tom / Beth


Interested in joining #teamazuko? Request a free fundraising pack >>


Highlights from our blog

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Competition: Hidden Homeless

We were shortlisted for the ‘Hidden Homeless’ competition in collaboration with Amos Goldreich Architecture. Read more >>

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Blog: Discovering community-led China

Jo discusses the need for participatory design on the British Council’s blog, reflecting on our research in China. Read more >>

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Exhibition: Bengal Stream

The exhibition featuring our work with Jogen Babu Maath slum moves on to the Architecture Centre in Bordeaux. Read more >>


We need you

We’re using human-centred design to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems, but we can’t do it alone. Help us empower communities through design.

Donate today via our website, or if you’re in the UK text:

AZUKO10 to 70191 to donate £10

AZUKO20 to 70191 to donate £20

AZUKO30 to 70191 to donate £30

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