Event Information
New York Public Library Presents
Cameron Sinclair & Kate Stohr With John Hockenberry, Moderator
Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.


The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than three billion people—nearly half the world's population—do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods, and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.

Join John Hockenberry, the co-founders of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), architect Cameron Sinclair and journalist Kate Stohr, and AFH New York director Cynthia Barton as they talk about their new book, Design Like You Give a Damn, a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. They will discuss the various architectural responses to humanitarian crises. Their book showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation.

This event is co-presented by WIRED magazine

About Cameron Sinclair

Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and executive director of Architecture for Humanity. He is currently the Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. 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 2004 Fortune Magazine named him as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better. Most recently, Sinclair was winner of the 2006 WIRED Rave Award for Architecture and was named one of three winners of the 2006 TED Prize, honoring global visionaries. With Kate Stohr he is the editor of Design Like You Give A Damn.

About Kate Stohr

Kate Stohr is the co-founder and program director of Architecture for Humanity. As a freelance journalist, her work has appeared in a number of national publications including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, Dwell, Architectural Record and Time Digital. Her documentary production credits include: Biography (A&E); History Detectives (PBS), Escape From Death Row (A&E), and Night Court (MSNBC). With Cameron Sinclair she is the editor of Design Like You Give A Damn.

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.

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