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Laura Moorhead in Wired:

Stohr_and_sinclairDesign like you give a damn.” That’s the signature line in the rousing stump speech often delivered by Cameron Sinclair, executive director of Architecture for Humanity. While others build luxe lofts and titanium-plated monoliths, Sinclair and fellow cofounder Kate Stohr use architecture to solve social and humanitarian problems. Since starting the nonprofit in 1999, Sinclair, a 32-year-old London-born architect, and Stohr, a 32-year-old American journalist, have led 30 projects in six countries. They’ve organized design competitions for refugee housing in Kosovo, mobile health clinics in sub-Saharan Africa, and a soccer clubhouse in South Africa that doubles as an HIV/AIDS outreach center.

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Review of the book “Design Like You Give a Damn” here.

Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. The motto of his group, Architecture for Humanity, is “Design like you give a damn.” Using a litany of striking examples, he shows how AFH has helped find creative solutions to humanitarian crises all over the globe. Sinclair then outlines his TED Prize wish: to create a global open-source network that will let architects and communities share and build designs to house the world.

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