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Global Activism: Local architects work on pro-bono projects in Chicago and around the world

On this week's Global Activism, Worldview talks to two women who lead the Chicago chapter of Architecture for Humanity. Katherine Darnstadt is co-founder of the chapter and Laura Bowe is its current co-director.

The organization's slogan is “design like you give a damn,” and they do just that. Uniting architects, designers, engineers, community leaders, and construction workers, Architecture for Humanity provides pro-bono design services to communities in need. In the past, the Chicago chapter has worked here at home, in Des Plaines and Chicago, and around the globe, in Aruja, Brazil and Nyegina, Tanzania.

Katherine and Laura tell Worldview what their chapter is up to, and how design is becoming a crucial tool in uplifting communities.


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