Design Like You Give a Damn

Many designers around the world have taken on the challenge of solving crises that populate the world’s cities today. Design Like You Give a Damn is a compilation of humanitarian projects that have been built around the world that have served as responses to global issues such as education, health care, sanitation, basic shelter, and access to clean water. This book is indispensable for designers that are in the search of worldwide sustainable development and global reeducation. Edited by Architecture for Humanity, a volunteer-based organization that does exactly what this book shows, which is to provide architectural solutions to humanitarian matters, Design Like You Give a Damn speaks of the values of sustainability and the branching of these values to every individual.

The challenge of coming up with innovative solutions to global causes seems almost unmanageable. This however might seem like an opportunity for change for some designers like Shigeru Ban Architects with several projects regarding the construction of shelter and housing all with paper tubes in Japan and Rwanda, or Schulbausteine Fur Gando that built the Gando Primary school in Burkina Faso. These are only two of the many designers that have managed to come up not only with resolutions to these problems, but creative design solutions that have served to inspire the user, and make them sympathize with the project. Inspiration does not apply only to the people directly affected by these humanitarian crises; it also goes straight to the minds of designers that seek the “hope by design” solutions. Design Like You Give a Damn is a book where beautiful graphics meet beautiful architectural responses. A place in which diversity and scarcity mean nothing but gateways for the improvement of quality of life.

Have you thought about how your design might serve as a resolution to global limitations? We have all heard of small-scale projects that end up growing into a large-scale solution. Why not take some time to brainstorm on problems you see around you and how you can approach them?

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