Pro Bono – Housing + Cultural Initiatives
Habitat for Humanity
Kirsten Hay was one of the two founding directors of Habitat for Humanity in Perth.
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976. Habitat has been devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing around the world.
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope”. Homes are built using volunteer labor and Habitat makes no profit on the sales.Habitat for Humanity provides an interest free mortage for 90% of the value of the completed house. Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve more than 800,000 homes since its founding in 1976, making Habitat the largest not-for-profit builder in the world.
Seville Grove Residence
Designed & assisted in the procurement of sponsors and materials Habitat’s first house. Built for a family of 5 using largely volunteer labour and donated materials the simple house is designed to be reproduced on other sites.
Orientated to be passive solar, it allows for cross ventilation and energy efficiency, while being a simple, uplifting home for its owners.
Client Habitat for Humanity Perth Chapter
Location Gosford, NSW
Perth CBD, WA
Kirsten was the founding member of the cultural organisation, Urban Conversation, set up to help inspire and revitalise the city of Perth. Working with other volunteers and in close collaboration with Form, Urban Conversation made a determined effort to change Dullsville into a vibrant, colourful, engaged city.
Park Life took place in Central Park, Perth over 2 seasons providing weekly lunch time speeches & discussions in the open air; alternating with dozens of performances of music, dance & acrobatics.
20/20 attracted hundreds of people, the slideshows were held on a regular basis outdoors in Murray Mews, providing a fun and informal forum for individuals to showcase their creative work and for the public to become more engaged with the creative process.