Monday, January 23, 2006

Architecture Minnesota showcases Pro Bono Work

If you haven't already done so, check out the latest issue of Architecture Minnesota, which showcases the work of various "volunteer" architects in the state. The issue includes coverage of the Clean Hub by John Dwyer, which is designed to supply electricity, clean water and toilet and bathing facilities for slum dwellers around the world. As Dwyer says in the article, "Architects can be proactive at a global level and articulate the value of doing things better."

My hunch is that as contributing author and chair of the Architecture Minnesota committee, Phillip Koski probably contributed to the development of the theme of the issue. It's terrific to see the AIA recognizing the value of work that is done "pro bono publico" in our profession.

The issue covers a wide range of projects, including a supportive housing facility for HIV/AIDS residents, the redesign of a theater lobby and a couple of doghouses raffled off for charitable causes.