Monday, October 1, 2007

one pot + architecture for humanity + cameron sinclair = oct 4

cameron and kate started Architecture for Humanity in 1999 – and since it has become an international phenomenon – and their project (in my opinion) presently stands as one of the most poetic and pragmatic responses to the tragic realities of extreme poverty. their new book Design Like You Give a Damn just hit the shelves – i could gush – but really – you should just check out their work. they will be detailing a dizzying array of projects at town hall in seattle on wednesday oct. 3rd – and then we get them for dinner. one sentence: they have effectively and directly connected thousands of architects and engineers with imperiled communities the world over - the projects that have been birthed are slap-you-in-the-face inspiring. and on thursday night we are going to head south – and share some tales about south america.
i just got back from a remarkable trip with caffe vita manifesting a one pot in the coffee region of sul de minas brazil and then trekking over to rio – where i spent a fair amount of time in the favelas. i am going to share the food i experienced (specifically moqueca – think coconut seafood palm oil) and share some great footage from a specific project i stumbled upon (actually i owe thanks to steph and mk) projeto morrinho and we have the coffee vita directly sourced from the farms we visited. and we get to hear about a couple projects that AFH has undertaken in that part of the world. It should be a rich night – hope – architecture – fish stew – brazillian coffee – stop action animation from deep within the favelas. you should cancel other plans. - MH

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