Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises Beyond Designing Buildings


Renacer de Chamanga Community House / Actuemos Ecuador. Image © Kliwadenkonovas

Renacer de Chamanga Community House / Actuemos Ecuador. Image © Kliwadenkonovas

Following decades of ongoing socio-cultural and economic crises across the globe, the design community has realized that it is time to “design like they give a damn”. And with that, they embraced a movement that saw architects and designers use their acquired skills to develop design-based solutions to humanitarian crises, ranging from building modular housing and mapping landscapes, to developing mobile applications and documentaries, all from an altruistic standpoint. But since pro bono work is not yet ingrained in the ethos of architecture, how have architects broken out of the traditional model of “corporate” architecture and established a way to ensure ethical responsibility for human welfare?

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