John Cary on The Power of Pro Bono

Speaker: John Cary
When: April 06, 2011 – 6–8pm
Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario

The Centre for City Ecology presents a talk by John Cary, President & CEO of Next American City and former Executive Director of Public Architecture, a public-interest design organization known for its pro bono 1% program which pairs nonprofits with firms ready to donate design services.

John is the editor of The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients, published in Fall 2010 by Metropolis Books / Distributed Art Publishers. With a foreword by MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter and a preface by Public Architecture founder, John Peterson, the volume features 40 projects in the U.S. and presents both nonprofit clients’ and designers’ perspectives. The clients include grassroots community organizations, and national and international nonprofits like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, KIPP Schools and Planned Parenthood paired with award-winning practices from SHoP Architects in New York and Studio Gang in Chicago, to young studios including Stephen Dalton Architects in California to some of the largest firms in the US. Taken as a whole, the selected works represent six general categories: Arts, Civic, Community, Education, Health and Housing.

John is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and recently held the Public Affairs Practitioner Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

John Cary’s talk will be followed by a book signing, with copies of the book available for sale from SWiPE and BUILT: Books on Design, Architecture and Urbanism.

Read the event recap here.