Architecture for Humanity’s second book -- Design Like You Give a Damn 2 -- is about sustainable architectural solutions to problems around the world and Now House is among the 100 design projects that made it into this latest edition. The book is available on Amazon for $36 with proceeds supporting the work of Architecture for Humanity.
Architecture for Humanity is a charitable organization that was created in 1999 to find architectural solutions to humanitarian crises, as well as provide professional design services to communities in need. Founder, Cameron Sinclair, describes going into communities all over the world with a soccer ball as his ticket to talk to the people in a community. No matter where he is, a dropped soccer ball brings children and their parents out to have a game and that’s how he gets conversations going that lead to collaborations around the globe.
Following this unique approach, Architecture for Humanity has developed humanitarian building projects by emphasizing the need to connect with the communities it works with: its designers make blueprints and building plans, but they also envision a community. They take into consideration an area’s need for sustainable and affordable housing, and its economy and social life.
In 2006, Architecture for Humanity began work on an open-source, collaborative project management website that now shares 7000 projects among 35000 members on the network. Now House, a network member since 2008, is a replicable process for retrofitting small, older homes to zero energy.
Design Like You Give a Damn 2 design projects from around the world that address the need for basic shelter, housing, education, health care, clean water and renewable energy. The book documents a wide range of innovative designs that focus on disaster reconstruction, housing, community, basic services and materials, and politics, policy and planning.
The Now House Project has a 3-page feature in the book’s housing section, earning recognition among many other internationally acclaimed housing projects around the world.
The book is both an inspiration and a how to guide for anyone looking to build a sustainable future.