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Designing for the Homeless: Architecture That Works


In Designing for the Homeless, Professor of Architecture Sam Davis details the necessity and import of designing welcoming shelters for the homeless. He maintains that the structures play an important role in helping the population reintegrate into society, a claim he supports by presenting the personal concerns of the homeless and the social cost of their plight. Davis also provides an overview of innovative designs that now serve diverse communities across the U.S., including one of the largest homeless centers in the country, the St. Vincent de Paul Village in San Diego. More than 50 black-and-white photographs and 42 line illustrations accompany the text. Designing for the Homeless will be of interest to architects, public-policy analysts, and anyone concerned about the homeless.

University of California Press, 2004; 176 pages