Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2004 - Architecture - 239 pages
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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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Contents

Designing for the 98 without Architects
11
Two Questions for Architecture
15
Finding Clients
23
Reconfigurable Systems
31
DirecttoYou
37
Timely Tactics
45
Making a Studio Project Real
53
Community Design Centers
61
Mobile Studio
125
Expanding the Role of the Architect
133
Communication
141
The Role of the Citizen Architect
151
Sustainable Community Planning
157
Homeownership for LowIncome Households in Public Housing
165
Architecture as Artifact
175
Light
183

Use of Design with Habitat for Humanity
71
Sore Shoulders Bruised Ethics
77
Nirmthi Kendra
85
Red Feather Development Group
93
Rebuilding Bayview
101
Activist Practice
109
The DreamTree Project
115
SixSquare House
193
Archeworks
203
Small Town Center
209
KU Studio 804
217
Outreach Studio
225
Further Forward
231
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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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