May 2012: Advance 50 for the Future Award

Shaping the Future of Australian Innovation

Sally Dominguez, HOG designer and co-founder, was recently recognized as a leading Australian innovator with the Advance 50 for the Future award. Check out the video.

Advance is a non-profit championing Australian-sparked innovation on the world stage.

May 2012: B.U.G. (Beautiful.Useful.Green) Design

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up

Why is it beautiful? With their second book, Design Like You Give a Damn [2], Architecture for Humanity has compiled over 100 projects showing architecture as a driver of change and economic re-invigoration.  The book itself has a satisfying, if compact, heft to it that is complimented by what’s inside – good design sense.  The user-friendly, picture-intensive layout makes the information accessible and interesting.

Why is it useful? The book is beefed up by a section written by co-founder Cameron Sinclair on lessons learned – everything from working on economic development in post-disaster contexts to transforming long-term rebuilding centers into local economic development corporations – that adds up to a raison d’etre for Architecture for Humanity. Kate Stohr, also co-founder, contributes what is essentially a primer for community groups, architects and others seeking to finance their initiatives in the Financing Sustainable Community Development section.

Why is it green? Design Like You Give a Damn [2] urges readers to give a damn: to care, to get involved, and to take positive action. The Wall Street Journal calls it, “Architecture with a cause.” The book provides compelling examples – our McKinley School install included – and tools for environmentally-friendly, culturally-specific solutions.
“It’s not just about putting bricks to mortar. It is about taking the vision of creating a better world for others and making it tangible.”
Auma Obama, CARE International

“The resourcefulness of the projects in the book is inspiring, its information practical and its numerous factoids sobering.”
-The New York Times

Buy the book here.

Check out Sally’s blog for more B.U.G. Designs.

The Whole HOG: November 2011

                The Whole HOG
Water-centric Green Design News

“[We] love [the HOG’s] design and ease of use… They are a great fit because they can integrate into the whole pattern of the site, allowing us to educate about best practices.”
– Designer/Developer Chaden Halfhill on why he chose Rainwater HOG tanks for the Green and Main Pilot Project

Iowa. Singapore. Main Street. And your backyard. This November, we’ll be exploring the spread of water conservation solutions that begin in your backyard, head downtown, and travel overseas.