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Design Like You Give a Damn:
Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

This publication offers a history of humanitarian design efforts over the last hundred years and provides a compendium of innovative architectural and design projects that have helped improve lives in communities around the world. It is intended to be a resource for both designers and relief organizations involved in humanitarian development and reconstruction. Available directly from Architecture for Humanity, distributed by Metropolis Books and Thames and Hudson.

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Outside In Vol. I:
A Community Space for Hale County

Common spaces within which to be a collective are fundamental to the notion of community. Community space is increasingly unavailable and insignificant in our American culture. Does a lack of shared space encourage individual identity while discouraging collective identity within communities we form? Is our lack of shared space in which to act out our collectivity a threat to our quality of life, democracy, and progress? What could it mean to have shared space?

Hale County, Alabama, lacked a neutral community place where everyone could gather. In response, this book of interviews was intended as an initial "community space" within which 50 citizens from Hale County could share their perspectives on community space and imagine its impact on their culture. From those interviewed, a community group was created. As this group grew, a Main Street building was renovated to be an actual community space within which the greater community was welcome to share events, pursue community direction, and build social capital. Making "space" for community dialogue within this volume of interviews was the first step in bringing a forum to a physical reality.

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