The Best Yet: A Huge Thank You to All Involved at Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2014

Finally, the dust has settled following an incredible Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! event this year. Everyone – from our 35 panelists and speakers to event organizers – played their part, making this year’s event one of the most creative and inspiring to date.

5 Panel Discussions

Special guest speakers: Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools at the USGBC; Dana Bourland, Vice President, Environment at The.jpg’/node/1428/edit#’>College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology; Courtney Smith, Project Manager, Municipal Art Society of NY; and Mark Hayes, Interim Superintendent of Little Ferry Public Schools, all gave insightful presentations on how their humanitarian initiatives are helping to improve life for people in need all over the world. Architecture for Humanity’s very own Brian BaerDarren Gill, and Delphine Luboz also made valuable contributions, telling the story of two of our successful programs, Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction and Football for Hope.

Design Open Mic, Powered by PechaKucha

Our rapid-style Design Open Mic presentations on Saturday, October 11 were a highlight of the conference, gathering an overflowing crowd throughout the entire five-hour event! 28 presenters arrived from across the globe to share their thoughtful humanitarian ideas and projects.  Their presentations were wide-ranged, with topics focusing on: building fabric, community engagement, political discourse, disaster recovery, health and education, and materials and sustainability. Each and every presentation displayed a high level of passion, creativity and enthusiasm toward improving the communities in which the presenters live and work, each investigating how we as designers can empower communities to be more resilient. If these presentations are any indication, there are one of truly exciting projects in the works for humanitarian design in the years ahead!

Booth Welcomes Interested Visitors

Our booth on the event floor assembled with our New York Chapter, bustled with activity, attracting a consistent flow of visitors over the three-day event – many of whom were new to our organization’s work. Volunteers and staff manned the booth, engaging interested visitors with our mission driven projects. As part of our booth, our “living room” space was furnished with furniture generously donated from from the source and Blu Dot, gathering visitors and prompting informal discussions.

Architecture for Humanity receives Dwell Vision Award

To cap the event, we had the incredible honor of receiving the Dwell Vision Award from Dwell Media. Dwell Media has been a loyal supporter of our organization throughout the years and we are so grateful for their continued support toward our humanitarian design mission. In addition to this honor, they generously auctioned five amazing one-of-a-kind items benefiting Architecture for Humanity – one of which you can still bid on!  Place your bid on these beautiful custom set of doors produced by Raydoor in collaboration with acclaimed street artist, George “SEN-One” Morillo.  All proceeds will support Architecture for Humanity.

A Successful Event

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! at Dwell on Design NY was certainly one of the most stimulating places to be in New York City last week! Thank you to Dwell, all our presenters, New York chapter members, volunteers, and generous donors for helping us make the event a successful one.

Miss the presentations?  Look forward to recordings of our sessions to be posted in the coming days!

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

Design Like You Give a Damn LIVE! is our one-of-a-kind humanitarian design conference held annually. We organize this event around a particular topic each year, bringing together design experts and enthusiasts from around the world, to address the challenges and lessons learned in their field of work.