Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation which promotes architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises.
At TEDGlobal U, Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction labourers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response:
TEDtalksDirector. Filmed February 2009; posted 13 November 2009.
Cameron Sinclair on ‘Open-source architecture to house the world’:
TEDtalksDirector. 16 January 2007.
See other TED videos with Cameron Sinclair here.
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Cameron Sinclair was born 1973, in London, UK. Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. During his studies, he developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design. His postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York’s homeless population through sustainable, transitional housing. After completing his studies, he moved to New York where he has worked as a designer and project architect. Sinclair has worked on projects in more than 20 countries including England, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and the United States. designboom interviewed Sinclair on January 12, 2006.
Visit the Architecture for Humanity homepage.
Get the book:
Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises by Architecture for Humanity. Leilani Labong, at 7X7 Magazine, describes it as “a 336-page love letter to architects worldwide who provide pro-bono design services to communities that have survived war, government oppression and natural disasters. It’s also an antidote to apathy.”
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