Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

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The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our live, yet where architects are most desperately needed, they can least be afforded. Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate

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The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our live, yet where architects are most desperately needed, they can least be afforded. Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. It offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design, and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, healthcare, education and access to clean water, energy and sanitation.

Editorial Reviews

Alice Waters
This book brings forth the values of sustainability and diversity in a beautiful way-values which are as essential to our housing as they are to food we eat.
Chez Panisse Foundation
Bill McKibben
A book that is lovely in every sense of the word.. ...makes clear just how much talent is currently going to waste designing McMansions.
New York Review of Books
San Francisco Chronicle
Heavy on context and images, light on celebrity names, Design Like You Give a Damn is a bracing reminder that there's more to architecture than museums and posh private homes. Instead, the founders of the group Architecture for Humanity round up 77 nimble solutions to real-life problems: There are fiberglass domes for the homeless of Los Angeles, a schoolhouse in Burkina Faso with an arced steel roof that insulates the clay brick classrooms below -- even a water pump in South Africa that is powered by children playing on a merry-go-round. Truly inspirational.
Scotsman
Design Like You Give A Damn screams its message in its title. Good design is not a luxury, but a necessity.
Alex Steffen
If you care about the future we're building, you ought to own a copy of Design Like You Give a Damn!
World Changing
Treehugger
Design like you give a Damn is truly an important work-its lesson is that architecture and design are not about being on the cover of last week's New York Times Magazine but about making a difference in people's lives.
Leilani Labong
...a 336-page love letter to architects worldwide who provide pro-bono design services to communities that have survived war, government oppression and natural disasters. It's also an antidote to apathy. br>— 7X7 Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933045252
Publisher:
D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
377,548
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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