architecture for the greater good
if you’ve never heard of architecture for humanity head on over to their website and take a peek. the organization, founded in 1999 by cameron sinclair, serves to provide those without means or devastated by disaster a place to live. they believe, as i do, that architecture should do more to enhance our world and provide shelter for everyone. in recent years AFH has worked on reconstruction in the wake of the south pacific tsunami and hurricane katrina. i had the privilege to see mr. sinclair speak in late 2003, if my memory serves me right, and i remember being struck by how humble, sincere, and driven he was. in 2006 mr. sinclair was awarded the prestigious TED prize and just the other day there was a very nice article in the new york times about his work. the most important product of AFH of late is the implementation of its “open source network” in which it plans to freely distribute its design work to the less fortunate people of the world, free of charge, with very few (if any serious) strings attached. finally, if you have a chance be sure to pick up their book, design like you give a damn, it’s filled with some 80 inspiring projects that AFH has worked on over the last couple of years. it’s always humbling and refreshing to find people out their working so hard for others.