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Considering the Possibility and Practice of Global Citizenship

India: Design Like You Give a Damn

Posted by jonthepackardman on February 20, 2009

Hello everybody… this week I’d like to talk to you about an amazing international program that I came across in a Frontline World piece, India: Design Like You Give a Damn. Architecture for Humanity brings together hundreds (if not more) of architects wanting to change the world, one community at a time. Every year the group holds a contest to see who can come up with the best design for a particular community, based on their needs as well as those of the area around them. In addition, the group raises funds in order to implement the designs – that money in turn goes to local community members who aid in the building process, thereby generating additional revenue in these poor areas.

Frontline also followed one woman in particular who moved to India solely for the purpose of aiding Tsunami victims from 2004. She has designed and implemented 12 community centers! All of which have become the center of community life, as they are used for childcare, school, weddings, and other community events. These people are truly making a difference in the world when it comes to humanitarian issues. However, these architects are also keeping an eye on sustainability as well! They are sure to design buildings that have a minimal impact on the environment and which require less energy (among other things).

These architects are aware of the world around them and the challenges that others face on a daily basis. They’ve taken responsibility and actively participated as fellow citizens of the world by coming to the aid of the needy and pooling resources (monetary and design skill) in order to design and implement what they’ve created.

Bravo Architecture for Humanity. Your work does not go unnoticed.

Feel free to look into this organization for yourself – they have several active projects.

*FYI: The organization’s motto is: Design Like You Give a Damn

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One Response to “India: Design Like You Give a Damn”

  1. Good post! Very inspiring! I’d like to draw your attention, speaking of architecture, to one city in
    South Asia that is truly global – that of Chandigarh in north India. We are weblogging on the practice of design and development in South Asia, so any connections will be welcome.

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