Design Like You Give a Damn  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  serves as a how-to guide for anyone seeking to build change from the ground up.
"Design Like You Give a Damn scream its message in its title. Good design is not a luxury, but a necessity."
"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..."
About the Book
Design Like You Give a Damn : Building Change from the Ground Up
Edited by Architecture for Humanity
Abrams / May 2012
U.S. $35.00 / Can. $40.00
Flexibind with jacket
336 pages / 8" x 8"
500 color photographs