Architects Building Peace

Architects Building Peace features the best stories of architects and engineers, from around the world, who have had the courage to leave the well worn path and getting involved.
It is about architects who have never stopped training to be able to realize their dream: to help the poorest and disadvantaged communities in building better living conditions, and to help them become more resilient in case of natural disasters or wars; and to do it by themselves, with their own means, culture and technology.

the book

This book is the result of five years of intense dialogue, research and study, with architects and engineers, on a huge number of projects that have been undertaken in recent years all around the world. It is the first, and unique, in its kind for its coverage of the approach to each project.
It is boldly and richly illustrated, with photos from the construction process, sketches, drawings (in large format) and behind the scenes information from the various stages of the creative process, including the participatory dialogue.

Architects Building Peace investigates the social implications, the human dimension and the role of local cultures. Almost none of the selected projects have been previously published in the mainstream, or in printed media.

The book seeks to answer the question “What can architecture do to eradicate poverty? How can architecture assist in dealing with the scarcity of resources? How can architects work in the presence of ethnic violence? (to cite a few)”.
As you flip through the pages, you will be surprised of how many projects have answers waiting to be heard, showing a commitment capable of questioning the present, challenging practices, beliefs and traditions, and imagining new routes that can foster the transition towards a more open and just future.

Architects Building Peace is full of food for thought, it’s a springboard, a starting point for a deeper understanding of the relevant role that architecture can have in improving the living conditions of people and communities; and also a discussion board (through the community I wish to create here on Kickstarter, and thereafter in other venues).

It is not a book filled with super-cool images (even if most of the photos are really breath-taking) of glossy architecture, every project has its own errors and second thoughts, but these are only starting points trying to shape new roads, rich with dialogue, and tolerant about differences.

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the book

Architects Building Peace covers topics such as schools, health facilities, architecture for emergencies (natural disasters, wars, humanitarian crises), building with natural and local materials (earth, straw-bale, sand or earth-bags, C.E.B., bamboo), cultural buildings, playgrounds, building with recycled materials, addressing urban issues, participation and co-housing, and much more.

It not only tells the story about the completed project, but it’s full of information, photos and sketches from the various stages of the creative process, including the participatory dialogue. It investigates the social implications, the human dimension and local cultures.
Briefly, it contains all that really matters in order for a community to become stronger, more resilient and to grow in a healthy and creative way.

why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter presents the perfect platform for launching a self-published book. This book will be of the highest quality, to a standard that would not have been possible in the framework of traditional publishing. Therefore it’s vitally important that we meet our funding goal to make this a reality.

Kickstarter also helps me to engage with the community, and to continue together this journey beyond the campaign.

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Here you can find a press release, including high-resolution images, text and more: in English and Spanish.
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