The Power of Pro Bono is a first-of-its-kind book--equally representing the voices of architects and their clients--featuring 40 projects for the public good, designed pro bono for an array of nonprofit organization by some of America’s leading architecture firms. The book is available through Amazon and all major booksellers.
MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter contributed the foreword to The Power of Pro Bono; in it, she writes, "This book shows how even seemingly small efforts can make people’s day-to-day experiences healthier, more engaging, and more life affirming."
Designed by Paula Scher of Pentagram, The Power of Pro Bono is comprised of six sections, generally aligned with the breakdown of the nonprofit sector and the interests of most major foundations.
In his endorsement of The Power of Pro Bono, author and Fast Company magazine co-founder Alan Webber writes, "We all know that architecture can heal the sick, inspire the young, unite the community. This book goes further than that--it describes the larger public purpose that architects, designers, and clients can serve when they work together and embrace a pro bono ethic."
The 40 projects featured in The Power of Pro Bono hail from 27 cities in 17 states. The projects showcased include art galleries, health clinics, community centers, housing, libraries, public gardens, and schools.
In his endorsement, activist Van Jones--author of The Green Collar Economy, founder of Green For All, former White House green czar, and founder of Rebuild America--recognizes pro bono as a movement in the making.
The 40 projects featured in The Power of Pro Bono were designed by award-winning practices like Morphosis, SHoP Architects, and Studio Gang, young studios including Min | Day (above) and Patrick Tighe Architecture, and some of the largest firms in the country, such as Gensler, HOK, and Perkins+Will.
Following his endorsement of The Power of Pro Bono and receipt of the finished book, Taproot Foundation founder Aaron Hurst went on to say "This is the most inspiring book published, not just about pro bono service, but about service and volunteerism. PERIOD."
The clients featured in The Power of Pro Bono are all 501(c)(3) nonprofits--including community-focused organizations like Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans and Homeless Prenatal Program of San Francisco as well as national organizations, among them Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and KIPP Schools. The project above is one of 56 New York Public School libraries redesigned by pro bono through the Robin Hood L!brary Initiative.
In her endorsement of The Power of Pro Bono, famed architect and Harvard professor Toshiko Mori wrote, "Pro bono design renews the relationship between architecture and society by defining architecture’s currency in terms of quality, not numbers. It establishes a new relationship of collaboration by sharing goals and risks. This mutually engaging process invests in and promotes excellence and the power of design."