Democratic Architecture: Practical Solutions to Today's Housing Crisis

Donald MacDonald

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Synopsis: With the lack of affordable housing and burgeoning homeless population reaching critical heights, this volume takes a look at the situation and offers practical solutions to the problem. MacDonald's proposals for democratic architecture are based on four points: that every human being has a right to an affordable home; that people should be able to manipulate their residential environments, from expanding and dividing spaces to changing facades easily and inexpensively; that in deciding where and how to construct a building every effort should be made to prevent damage to the environment; and lastly, that the design expresses the multiplicity of society, not some ideal of perfection or political ideology. Written in a straightforward style, this work is intended for urban planners, housing officials, students of sociology and American studies - as well as architecture and design professionals.

About the Author: DONALD MACDONALD, FAIA is an internationally recognized architect and principal of MacDonald Architects in San Francisco. He is known as a visionary, an iconoclast, someone who believes passionately in the concept of "home," and of every human being's right to a home -- not just a shelter, but in fact a beautifully designed functional space. He cares deeply about making housing affordable, finding ways to turn homeless people and families with marginal incomes into homeowners, combating NIMBYism, putting housing and offices on top of shopping center parking lots to fight suburban sprawl and automobile gridlock, designing living spaces that provide the crucial element of privacy, and working with community groups. MacDonald studied architecture at Columbia University. His work has ranged from designing luxury homes in Napa Valley and Marin County, to a mixed use residential community for Asian immigrants in Oakland, modern condominiums in San Francisco, day care centers, and small functional shelters for homeless (known as "City Sleepers"). He received the 1989 Community Assistance Award from the California Council of the AIA. His Frank G. Mar Community Housing Mixed Use Project has received the 1990 World Habitat Award awarded by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (England) at the United Nations 1991 World Habitat Day and the National Endowment for the Arts' 1991 Federal Design Achievement Award. MacDonald has also been honored with the 1996 and 1997 HUD Award for Building Innovation in Home Ownership, as well as the City of Vision Award from the International Making Cities Livable organization. His work has been widely published in national and international publications. He is a passionate speaker and has lectured all over the world on the complex realities of the housing crisis in the United States.

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