Design Open Mic: Rebuilding Pakistan After the Floods + Update from the Design Like You Give a Damn Book Team

Design Open Mic: Rebuilding Pakistan After the Floods + Update from the Design Like You Give a Damn Book Team

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • May 10, 2011
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We had yet another satisfying and informative Design Open Mic potluck session here at the SF HQ on May 4, 2011.

First up, we had a presentation from Afaan Naqvi, Energy & Resources Engineer with ARUP. Afaan recently spent two months volunteering with the Architecture for Humanity Karachi Chapter to work on rebuild projects in response to the summer 2010 flood. Afaan brought our attention to some of the structural and mechanical problems that were inherent to buildings prior to the flood, and explained how these issues were ameliorated in the reconstruction of stone and brick buildings in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. You can download his presentation and watch highlights in the video clip presented here.

After the illuminating presentation by Afaan, we heard from Design Fellows Courtney Beyer and Nick Brown of the in-house Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up (shorthanded to DLYGAD[2] here in the office) book team. This publication-in-progress is a sequel and follow-up to the first Design Like You Give a Damn book, released back in 2006. Though we can't reveal much more here, we can say that the layout and content of the new book look really fantastic! As Courtney pointed out, the new book will have more of a focus on broader themes such as community architecture, and the politics and policy that put it in place. Be on the look out for DLYGAD[2]'s release, which is scheduled for Spring 2012.