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Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses To Humanitarian Crises Paperback – January 15, 2006
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If you care about the future we're building, you ought to own a copy of Design Like You Give a Damn
Design Like You Give A Damn screams its message in its title. Good design is not a luxury, but a necessity.
A book that is lovely in every sense of the word.. ...makes clear just how much talent is currently going to waste designing McMansions.
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.
...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.
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.
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.
From the Publisher
"Architecture for Humanity has a clear goal: to improve the lives of billions people worldwide, one sustainable building at a time. And while the mission may sound overly ambitious, AFH is on its way. The group...has become the premier nonprofit organization for disaster relief housing programs."
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In short: It's a lot more than just a coffee table picture book, but the pictures are good enough it could serve that function as well for those who enjoy architectural photographs.
"Don't design, cause you do give a damn"
about empowering communities with design tools so they can design themselves...
I recommend it to all those who really care about doing something different and significant in their lives. Great stories and examples coated with meaning, with efficient actions directed to the most suitable solutions in each situation.