The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients is a first-of-its-kind book to document the growing pro bono movement in architecture.
Edited by John Cary and Public Architecture, all 40 projects are told from the perspective of the architect and client with equal weight given to both narratives. Projects span the country from rural Alaska to New Orleans with a variety of project types, budgets and scales. The book includes a preface by Founder & President, John Peterson, and a forward by Majora Carter.
Clients include grassroots community organizations like the Homeless Prenatal Program of San Francisco, as well as national and international nonprofits, among them Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, KIPP Schools and Planned Parenthood.
These public-interest projects were designed by a range of award-winning practices, from SHoP Architects and Studio Gang to young studios, including Stephen Dalton Architects and Patrick Tighe Architects, to some of the largest firms in the country, such as Gensler, HOK and Perkins + Will.
Public Architecture would like to thank the more than twenty-five volunteers who made this publication a reality and the incredible crew at Pentagram in New York, led by Paula Scher, who designed the graphics pro bono. Over the course of six months, volunteers assisted the staff in conducting interviews, compiling project data, and transcribing over 2,500 minutes of audio.
"The Good Fight" [Read]
Architect's Newspaper, March 3, 2011
"Book Review: The Power of Pro Bono" [Read]
Archidose, February 28, 2011
"The Power of Pro Bono" [Read]
Huffington Post, February 4, 2011
"Mensch at Work"[Read]
Design Observer, January 26, 2011
"Book: Power of Pro Bono"[Read]
Architect, December 6, 2010
Metropolis, November 2010
"New Work: 'The Power of Pro Bono'"[Read]
Pentagram Blog, November 2010
"GOOD Design Daily: Architecture for the Public Good"[Read]
GOOD, October 25, 2010
IMAGE: Cover of The Power of Pro Bono. Design by Pentagram NYC.