Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture Paperback – 1 May 2003
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About the Author
Bryan Bell taught at Rural Studio and is founder of Design Corps, a nonprofit agency providing architecture to those traditionally underserved by the profession. He spent twelve years "in the trenches" working to make architectural services available to a greater part of the general public. After degrees from Yale and Princeton, he started working with non-profit agencies that specialized in serving the very-low income. "I felt that I had left architecture. Now I just define architecture differently."
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Bell has done an excellent job of compiling these very different points of view in order to make the reader think. I have thought about some point or other from the essays almost every day for the past two weeks, and may well mull many of them over for years.
The great stories told by the case studies, like the elderly native american woman who moved from living in a school bus to a home, or the village which was given a place to gather and to worship, inspire the reader to take up the cause and act. This book should be required reading for every student of architecture (and probably for every public policy wonk as well).
I order most of the books I read from the library, so I don't know if a book is "readable" till I get it. I don't need "large print" books, but there's no excuse for a 6"x9" paperback book to use print this small.
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