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Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crisesby Cameron Sinclair (Editor), Kate Stohr (Editor)
The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently, one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than 3,000,000,000 peoplenearly half the world's populationdo not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect
The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently, one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than 3,000,000,000 peoplenearly half the world's populationdo not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.
Edited by Architecture for Humanity and now on its fifth printing, 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. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn 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.
Design Like You Give a Damn is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.
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Architecture for Humanity was founded by its Executive Director, Cameron Sinclair, who has been a guest critic and lecturer at a number of schools and colleges in the United States. In the last year he has spoken at the Architectural League of New York, the Structures for Inclusion Conference, the 53rd International Design Conference in Aspen and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Awarded the first ever Nice Modernist award by Dwell magazine, Sinclair was also selected to be one of the 2004 Fast 50 by . He has been a guest speaker on NPR, CBC (Canada), BBC World Sevice and CNN International. In August 2004 Fortune magazine named him as one of the Aspen Sevenseven people changing the world for the better.
Kate Stohr brings a background in journalism and documentary production to Architecture for Humanity's grassroots efforts. Her work has been published in a number of national publications, including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Dwell, and Architectural Record.
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An uplifting compendium of projects and ideas to resolve problems resulting from extreme poverty and disaster situations and an antidote to the feeling that every day the headlines are more depressing. A very lively, colorful format which doesn't obscure the seriousness of the content. It is world-encompassing, ranging from re-habbed housing for battered women in the U.S. to providing water to African refugees. Some ideas are more practical than others but all inspire, they are simply the work of people who decided to give a damn and went to work.
This book is an invaluable resource to the architecture community. Both licensed professionals, interns, and students alike can read and learn about examples of thoughtful design from a non-traditional path. Anyone interested in thinking outside the box should read this book. Anyone pursuing a greater sense of design for people (emphasis here) should read and own this book as if it were their passion's guiding light.