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Architecture for Humanity
AIA, Redefining the Architect’s Role: Architects as Agents for Social Change: Speaker Spotlight – Cameron Sinclair. March 5-7, 2009, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FLA.

The Titles just jumped right off the page and held on.

I began researching and clicking from website to post to blog. This was my kind of design work and it was truly fascinating. I started doodling on the pad beside me and making notes.

I watched the YouTube and PBS videos that were on the Blog by Cameron Sinclair.

On the video Sinclair says, “All we provide is shelter” and later “sustainability that can be reproduced changes the lives of most people, whether in Africa, in Thailand or in New Orleans.”

So who is this Cameron Sinclair?

From his “about” on his blog:

Born 1973, in London.
Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and ‘eternal optimist’ at Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need. Over the past ten years the organization has worked in twenty six countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction.

He is at the financial summit in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland right now and says this about his attendance:

My focus will not be to add my two cents into sorting out the financial meltdown but to help refocus attention towards those who will actually suffer from its’ effects. Personally I’m not too upset when an executive has to take a pay cut. What is most alarming is the retrenchment of government and corporate support of a range of development work, social justice issues and humanitarian involvement. Leaving it to NGOs and social entrepreneurs to pick up the pieces (and deal with the strain of this economic fracturing) is troubling.

I have been following Sinclair on Twitter and will keep researching about how this program proceeds and progresses.

His work has been on Frontline/The World, CNN – Principal Voices, and PBS Design e-2 (podcast program).

His speeches are on his blog site and are very interesting.

It is about designers, often frustrated with the monotony of corporate design, using their creativity to develop problem-solving buildings in areas where sustainable design is survival and makes a difference between life and death.

It is a place to “design with pride not pity.” It is bringing the community together to design and build their building. “When Bombay and other communities as vast and large come to adopt sustainable principles the rest of the global community will have to follow.”

A fascinating discussion and resource, worthy of further exploration and discovery, and I hope you will click on the links and look at what is going on and then come back and share your ideas here and we can get the dialog and discussion open and ongoing.

Will you share your discoveries and good links? Looking forward to your comments.

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