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Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up


Design Like You Give a Damn [2] is an indispensable handbook for anyone engaged in the search for a more sustainable future.

Documenting over 100 exemplary projects from around the world, it is packed with practical and ingenious design solutions that address the need for basic shelter, housing, education, health care, clean water and renewable energy.

Personal interviews and provocative case studies demonstrate how innovative design is reimagining community and uplifting lives. From swing sets in refugee shelters to a coed skate park in war-torn Afghanistan; building material innovations such as smog-eating concrete to innovative public policy that is repainting Brazil's urban slums, Design Like You Give a Damn [2] serves as a how-to guide for anyone seeking to build change from the ground up.

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

"Design Like You Give a Damn scream its message in its title. Good design is not a luxury, but a necessity."
— Newsweek

"No community is immune to the forces of climate change. If we have learned anything from Hurricane Katrina, it is that we must adapt. Good design accelerates the adoption of new ideas --and this book shows us how."
— Brad Pitt, Jolie-Pitt Foundation

"It is not just about putting bricks to mortar. It is about taking the vision of creating a better world for others and making it tangible."
— Auma Obama, CARE International

"Architecture can save lives."
— San Francisco Chronicle

"If you care about the future we're building, you ought to own a copy of Design Like You Give a Damn."
— Alex Steffen, co-founder, Worldchanging

"An encyclopedia of inspiration..."
— Amazon

About the Book

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up
Edited by Architecture for Humanity
Abrams / May 2012
U.S. $35.00 / Can. $40.00
ISBN 978-0-8109-9702-8
Flexibind with jacket
336 pages / 8" x 8"
500 color photographs

For more information visit Architecture for Humanity.
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Introduction: Architecture for Humanity Lessons Learned... Cameron Sinclair

Financing Sustainable Community Development Kate Stohr

Disaster Reconstruction

Bamboo Shelter • Soe Ker Tie Hias (Butterfly Houses) • Transitional to What? • Katrina Cottage • Ma'erkang Steel Frame Housing • LIFT House • Alluvial Sponge Comb • Make it Right • Biloxi Model Home Program • DeLisle Community Center • Rector Street Bridge • What If New York City...

Housing: Light Green to Dark Green

Overview of Gren Rating Systems • enviRenew • Now House Project • Tour Bois-le-Prete • Life in 1.5x30 • Venezuelan Eco-Cabanas • 100K House • Superuse Harvest Map • Diez Casas para Diez Familias (10x10) • 10x10 Housing Initiative • Tassafaronga Village • Solar Decathlon • Galisteo Basin Preserve • Western Harbour B001 Development


Gathering Spaces • Marsupial Bridge & Media Garden • Tiuna el Fuerte Cultural Park • High Line • Centre pour le Bien-étre des Femmes (CBF) • SOS Children's Villages Lavezzorio Community Center • Community: Education • Fuji Kindergarten • Green School Bali • Olifantsvlei Primary School • Bridge School • Hazelwood School for Children and Young People with Sensory Impairment • Health • Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres • Friends Center at Angkor Hospital for Children • Pebble Project • Sports for Social Change • Mahiga Hope High School Rainwater Court • Skateistan • Gymnasio Vertical • Memorials and Sacred Spaces • Chapel of San Isidro Labrador • La Ruta del Peregrino • Anti-Memorial for Heroin Overdose Victims • Estadio Nacional, Memoria Naional

Basic Services & Materials

Emergency Water Bladder • Rainwater HOG • Sundolier • Ceramic Pillars • Ecological Congrete Additives • Papercrete • Plastiki rPET

Politics, Policy and Planning

Arts and Culture • Favela Painting Project • Faces of Favelas • L.A.S.E.R. Tag • Cool Biz • Greywater Action • Community • In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation • Brick City: Mayor Cory Booker • Transition Network • Green Light for Midtown • Walking School Bus • Crowd Sourcing • Let's Do It! • Light Pollution • Crowd-Sourced Mapping • Food Access • Svalbard Global Seed Vault • Food Deserts (includes Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market) • Smarter Lunch Rooms • Peace and Security • Violence Prevention and Urban Upgrading (VPUU) • Red Hook Community Justice Center • Trau Kod Dam • Proyecto Urbano Integral

Project Updates

Appirampattu Village Center • Gando Primary School • Hopi Nation Elder Home • Appirampattu Village Center • Super Adobe • Pallet House • PlayPump • Quinta Monroy Housing Project



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Project Details

NAME: Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up
LOCATION: Unspecified location
START DATE: November 09, 2010
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete


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