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LIVE from the NYPL: Design Like You Give a Damn: Cameron Sinclair, Kate Stohr & Cynthia Barton with John Hockenberry, moderator

September 20, 2006

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As we enter the 21st century the field of architecture is at a crossroads. From Hurricane Katrina to the war in Iraq, large-scale urbanization, disaster and conflict has destabilized not only our political structures but also the built environment prompting many to question the building practices of the past. Is the role of the architect to create the signature monuments that define and exalt our cultural and economic values? Or, is there an alternative path to building in the world today, one that engages people where they live and work and recognizes that sustainability is not a luxury but a necessity?

Join Cameron Sinclair, Kate Stohr and Cynthia Barton of Architecture for Humanity, editors of the book Design Like You Give a Damn, along with cultural commentator John Hockenberry as they discuss how a new breed of designers is responding to humanitarian crises and rethinking the social and economic future of the more than two billion people currently surviving in sub-standard living conditions.

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About Cameron Sinclair

Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and executive director of Architecture for Humanity. Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and then worked for 6 years as a project architect in New York City. He recently served as the Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has spoken at numerous conferences on sustainable development and post disaster reconstruction and has made guest appearances on BBC World Service, CNN International and National Public Radio. In 2005 he was awarded the RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year and the Lewis Mumford Award for Peace. Most recently, Sinclair was named as one of three winners of the 2006 TED Prize, which honors visionaries from any field who have shown they can "positively impact life on this planet."


About Kate Stohr

Kate Stohr is the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. She brings a background in daily news and a strong understanding of urban issues, planning and infrastructure to the organization. As managing director she has developed and led a number of design and building initiatives, including the deployment of transitional housing to Grenada and the organization's response to Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast of America. She served as the executive editor of Design Like You Give A Damn, the first book to bring the best of humanitarian design to the printed page. Along with Cameron Sinclair, she is the recipient of the 2006 Wired Rave Award and the 2005 Index Design to Improve Life Award for Community.



About Cynthia Barton

Cynthia Barton is a Director of AFHny, the New York City chapter of Architecture for Humanity. She is an architect and writer who focuses on the intersection of architecture, the environment, and public health. Her international work includes research as a Fulbright fellow in Bangladesh and project management on Shigeru Ban's earthquake relief housing project in Gujarat, India, as well as an AIA/ Academy of Architecture for Health fellowship on space for mental health care as part of a disaster relief operation. She holds a Master in Architecture from Yale University and is a contributing editor of Design Like You Give a Damn.



About John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry is a veteran journalist in every facet of the profession, from broadcast radio to news magazine television to print as well as being a pioneer in online content. Hockenberry is also an advocate and spokesman for the rights of the disabled. He joined NBC as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in 1996 after a fifteen-year career in broadcast news at both National Public Radio and ABC News. Hockenberry's reporting for Dateline NBC earned him three Emmys, an Edward R Murrow award and a Casey Medal. Hockenberry is a contributing editor for WIRED Magazine and METROPOLIS. He is the author of the novel A River Out Of Eden, and Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, a memoir of life with a disability.