Architecture group designs places for the poor

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Like other entrepreneurs, architects want to make money. To do that, they
design factories, hospitals, condos and fancy houses for the rich. What they don’t often do is design places for the poor.

Some in the profession want to change that. A group known as “Architecture
for Humanity” is dedicated to the notion that architects care as much about
people as they do beauty.

Fourteen cities in the U.S. have local “Architecture for Humanity” chapters.
Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of them. After the 2004 Asian tsunami wiped out
villages in Sri Lanka, the group designed a library, school and other
buildings for one town.

They are also volunteering their time locally. The group is currently
working with Lao America in Minneapolis to rebuild its north Minneapolis
home. Todd Melby has this “Building Minnesota” report.
Like other entrepreneurs, architects want to make money. To do that, they design factories, hospitals, condos and fancy houses for the rich. What they don’t often do is design places for the poor.

Some in the profession want to change that. A group known as “Architecture for Humanity” is dedicated to the notion that architects care as much about people as they do beauty.

Fourteen cities in the U.S. have local “Architecture for Humanity” chapters. Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of them. After the 2004 Asian tsunami wiped out villages in Sri Lanka, the group designed a library, school and other buildings for one town.

They are also volunteering their time locally. The group is currently working with Lao America in Minneapolis to rebuild its north Minneapolis home. Todd Melby has this “Building Minnesota” report.

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