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Design with Love: At Home in America

Katie Swenson, Photography by Harry Connolly

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Over the last 20 years, the Enterprise Rose Fellows—a program of Enterprise Community Partners—have gained a deep understanding of the conditions that cause housing insecurity, poverty, and injustice by embedding themselves in the communities where they work. By using proven design processes, artistic practices, and community engagement principles, and committing to long-term collaborations with residents, they have drastically improved the quality of life in vulnerable communities. Simply put, they have changed lives. This collection of stories and intimate documentary photographs from 10 locations delivers lessons in how we can work together to improve the lives of our neighbors. On the US-Mexico border, in farm country, in Rust Belt cities, and in pockets of blight and abandonment, the examples show that architecture is about human relationships and shared ambitions, and how buildings can support and embody them.

Size: 9" x 10 1/2" | 150 color images | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359934

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Katie Swenson is a nationally recognized design leader, researcher, writer, and educator. Katie is senior principal at MASS Design Group, a nonprofit design collective that designs, builds, and advocates for architecture that promotes human dignity. She was formerly vice president of design and sustainability at Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit that has invested $43.6 billion in community development since 1982. The Enterprise Rose Fellowship has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Center for Architecture, and the National Building Museum, and recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its groundbreaking work. She is the coauthor of Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model and the author of In Bohemia: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Kindness. Harry Connolly has been a photographer since age five. Documenting people’s stories is a privilege he never takes lightly. He is the author of Heading Home: Growing Up in Baseball and Fighting Chance: Journeys through Childhood Cancer. Harry has been on the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and NPR, and his photos have appeared in many magazines and been used by many clients. Home is Baltimore, but his work takes him across the US.