André and Barbara weren't skeptical of the general notion of a catalyst for profound change. They just found Walmart a lot more convincing than design microenterprises...Maybe those of us interested in design as a spark for social change could use a reality check — Fast Company
In the February 2014 issue Rob Walker reflects on the lessons of two trips taken to Hale County, Alabama. The piece questions the real, long-term effects of the architectural / social design efforts of groups like Auburn University's Rural Studio or the "design blitz" program...
Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul. - Samuel Mockbee
Tensions run high when a young female architect moves to a small but uniquely-built rural town and unwittingly falls in love with the son of the man responsible for the town’s misfortune. — allhalemovie.com
In the last decade, much has been written about architecture for the greater good, and it would seem that the field, as a whole, is invested in bringing design to underserved communities. Yet all of this talk — at conferences, in the press, at universities — has focused hardly at all on how to put together a career in social design. — Places Journal
On Places, Virginia Tech graduate Will Holman gives an honest report of his experiences volunteering, studying and working at Arcosanti, Rural Studio, and Youth Build. Does the architecture profession need to do more to support young architects who take this path?
Six years ago, the Rural Studio, a program based in western Alabama and run by Auburn University's architecture school, launched the $20K House Project, with the goal of producing a model home for $20,000. — Wall Street Journal
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