Viral Video on the Story Behind Design Like You Give a Damn
A viral video on YouTube tells the story behind the creation of the book Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crisis. The book addresses the greatest humanitarian challenge that the world faces today, which is providing shelter for the one in seven people who currently live in a slum or refugee camp.
Successful entrepreneurs have made their reviews on this viral video. The physical design of homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes so many aspects of everyday life for people, yet too often architects are desperately needed in places that can never afford to pay them for their services.
The book has been edited by the nonprofit group Architecture for Humanity, and it is designed as a compendium of innovative projects around the world that show the power of design to improve people’s lives. This is the first book to focus on the subject of humanitarian architecture and design, as well as to offer a history of the movement toward socially conscious design.
Architecture For Humanity
Architecture For Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm that was founded in 1999. The company is devoted to building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design, and taps a network of over 50,000 professionals who are wiling to lend time and expertise to help those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford their services.
They bring design, construction and development services to locations around the world where these are most critically needed, and each year they directly help 25,000 people who benefit from the structures they design. The organization also operates advocacy, training and outreach programs that help an additional 60,00 people annually, as they channel resources from the global funding community into the most meaningful projects that can make a difference at the local level.
The group manages all projects from conception to completion and all aspects of the design and construction process for community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions and foundations.