Some longtime readers may know I’m enormously frustrated at the corporatization of engineering, and think that if engineers say they solve problems then there are some enormous problems of housing, lack of clean water, and energy use in impoverished communities across the globe that need solving and we engineers as a profession should get cracking on them. Here are two couple of examples of people who are doing just that:
- Architecture for Humanity is an organization that started after the South Asian tsunami to design buildings to help rebuild not only the structure but also the spirit and soul of the communities devastated by the water. Read more about them here.
- Rose Companies, a development company in New York, designs living spaces to “repair the fabric of communities” in holistic and sustainable ways. See a podcast about their Affordable Housing designs on E2 (there’s some negotiation of the website to do). The rest of the stories profiled by E2 are also exceptional.
Do you out there in the Internetz have other ideas? Oh, I so hope so, ’cause we need new models for how to engage in meaningful, humanitarian, and sustainable engineering practice.