Architecture for Humanity call for
"Ideas on a postcard, please"

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Dezeen Wire:
to celebrate the launch of their second book, entitled Design Like You Give a Damn 2, non-profit organisation Architecture for Humanity are calling for ideas to improve London, to be sent on a postcard for exhibition at the book launch from 3 to 9 May at 54 Rivington Street London EC2 A3QN.

Here are some more details from Architecture for Humanity:

To celebrate the publication of Design Like You Give a Damn 2, by Architecture for Humanity founder Cameron Sinclair, we are inviting architects, designers, artists, students and other creative individuals to come up with a proposal for a small scale project, product or build that embodies the spirit of humanitarian design.

Architecture for Humanity London and Studio 54 Architecture are co-hosting a week long event on the theme of designing ‘like you give a damn’. We’re calling for ideas that will in some way improve the London experience.

It could be an idea for a public space installation, a community enterprise, an eco building, an ingenious object, or anything that demonstrates how design can be used to make Londoner’s lives better and happier.

So ideas on a postcard, please. All entries will be exhibited. Visitors can vote on their favourite. We will choose a few ideas to take to the next step.

The proposal can be text, a sketch or other visual representation. Think of an idea that could benefit London. Be bold. Be adventurous. Think big. Or small.

Submissions should be made using the A5 postcard template below. Alternatively, you can download the postcard template from Please print on 200 gsm card or heavier stock or mount onto card (not foamboard). If you would prefer to use a pre-printed blank card contact us at the email below.

Don’t forget to include the project title, and your name and details and post to:

Space fiftyfour
54 Rivington Street,
London EC2 A3QN

Deadline: 15th April 2012

For further information please email us at:

  • Benjamin

    "…come up with a proposal for a small scale project, product or build…"
    "…Be bold. Be adventurous. Think big…."
    I'm having some difficulty thinking big with a small scale project, but obvious examples of eco buildings that make Londoner's lives better would be more high-rise residential developments in inner-London that place people closer to jobs and public transport links, significantly increases supply which addresses our dire shortage of housing and helps keep prices down, and avoids low-rise urban sprawl (with its heavy carbon-emitting commutes) which the European Environment Agency deems the "worst-case scenario".
    Let's start designing buildings that put people and environment at the fore, rather than the desire of some to maintain a homogenous low-rise brick streetscape as if London is a provincial heritage town rather than a world capital with a dire housing crisis.