Frontline/World, the award winning documentary series, featured the work of Architecture for Humanity in their June 2008 episode. For more information or air times, check your local listings. or watch it online now.
This story focuses on some of our post-tsunami reconstruction in Tamil Nadu, India by design fellow Purnima Mc Cutcheon. Reporter Singeli Agnew travels to the Bay of Bengal in southeast India, where communities are still struggling to rebuild after a tsunami devastated the coast four years ago.
In India, Agnew meets architect Purnima McCutcheon, who left her corporate job in the U.S. and moved to India to help spur the rebuilding effort. McCutcheon is part of a new wave of architects looking to bring their idealism to the drafting table and craft innovative solutions for some of the world’s most intractable problems.
In San Francisco, reporter Agnew visits Architecture for Humanity, a group that links architects like McCutcheon with slums and disaster areas around the world. This organization believes that architecture is not just a luxury for the elite, but a way to create self-sustainable communities.