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

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Metropolis Books, 2006 - Architecture - 333 pages
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Architecture for Humanity is a grassroots nonprofit organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises. Through design-build programs, competitions, educational forums, and partnerships with community and relief organizations, the all-volunteer group creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need. Since it was founded in 1999, Architecture for Humanity has provided critical design support on a number of projects, including mine clearance programs and playground building in the Balkans; earthquake recovery in Bam, Iran; and the reconstruction of Kirinda, Sri Lanka, in the wake of the devastating tsunami of December 2004. At the university level, architecture and design programs worldwide have used AFH's competitions and design criteria as a model for semester-long projects. Elementary and high-school students have also benefited from their design initiatives through after-school workshops - just one of the many ways that AFH helps to foster public appreciation for the ways in which architecture and design can improve lives. Through its many initiatives, Architecture for Humanity has been privileged to learn about and collaborate with a wide range of architects and designers who demonstrate that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable, and collaborative design can make a difference. These are the projects that rarely make the cover of design magazines, and all too often go unbuilt. 'Design like you give a damn' represents a compilation of these projects.

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

User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

This is an eye-opening collection of essays, interviews, pictures and plans on the design work that goes into providing disaster relief across the globe. I especially appreciated the insights on the role of designers in creating affordable housing through history. Read full review

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

User Review  - Citrus Libraries Staff Favorites - Goodreads

An inspiring book edited by Architecture for Humanity. Full of photos showing many creative ways to improve lives with humanitarian architecture. My degree is in housing and my passion for it has not ... Read full review

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