Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture

Overview

It may come as no surprise that only two percent of new homebuyers work directly with an architect to design the space in which they will live indeed, architects are usually seen as a luxury most of us, the other ninety-eight percent, cant afford.
Yet, why shouldnt more people call on the services of architects? With fierce competition for few commissions, why do architects not seek out other sources of work and income? Now, acting within larger institutions or on their own, ...
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Overview

It may come as no surprise that only two percent of new homebuyers work directly with an architect to design the space in which they will live indeed, architects are usually seen as a luxury most of us, the other ninety-eight percent, cant afford.
Yet, why shouldnt more people call on the services of architects? With fierce competition for few commissions, why do architects not seek out other sources of work and income? Now, acting within larger institutions or on their own, many architects are taking local initiatives to address the underserved, particularly the poor. Good Deeds, Good Design presents the best new thoughts and practices in this emerging movement toward an architecture that serves a broader population.In this book, architecture firms, community design centers, design/build programs, and service-based organizations offer their plans for buildings for the other ninety-eight percent. Twenty-eight essays and case studies illustrate successes and failures and raise both design and social issues.
The success of Rural Studio suggests that there is a large and growing number of people who would like to see good design for all. With its clear, direct, and inspiring message, and numerous illustrated examples, Good Deeds, Good Design follows this important story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568983912
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Bell is founder of Design Corps, a nonprofit agency providing architecture to those traditionally underserved by the profession. Design Corps will be included in this year s Cooper Hewitt Inside Design Now exhibition. Bell organizes the Structures fo

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Designing for the 98% without Architects 11
Introduction: Two Questions for Architecture 15
1 Tools for Change
Finding Clients 23
Reconfigurable Systems 31
Direct-to-You 37
Timely Tactics 45
Making a Studio Project Real 53
2 Tuning Established Models
Community Design Centers 61
Use of Design with Habitat for Humanity 71
Sore Shoulders Bruised Ethics 77
Nirmithi Kendra 85
Red Feather Development Group 93
3 Building with a Community
Rebuilding Bayview 101
Activist Practice 109
The Dream Tree Project 115
Mobile Studio 125
Expanding the Role of the Architect 133
Communication 141
4 Relating Social Needs to Design
The Role of the Citizen Architect 151
Sustainable Community Planning 157
Homeownership for Low-Income Households in Public Housing 165
Architecture as Artifact 175
Light 183
5 Looking Deeper into Design-Build
Six-Square House 193
Archeworks 203
Small Town Center 209
KU Studio 804 217
Outreach Studio 225
Afterword: Further Forward 231
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