Gilad Meron recently spoke with Architecture for Humanity‘s Executive Director Eric Cesal about what’s on the horizon for the 15-year-old organization and the architecture profession in general. Architecture for Humanity’s Design Like You Give A Damn Conference was recently held at Dwell on Design New York, where Architecture for Humanity was the recipient of the Dwell Vision Award.
Gilad Meron: You’ve recently become the new Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity, the first change in leadership since the organization was founded. What’s shifted since then?
Eric Cesal: I think the landscape has changed from when Architecture for Humanity was started and that presents a lot of opportunities. First we want to continue doing all the work that we’ve been doing. It’s important that we continue our practice. The world is urbanizing rapidly. Climate change is accelerating. You don’t have to be a genius or a psychic to see that disasters are becoming a new normal. The question is how can we work as preventers rather than responders. My question for the field is, over the next ten or fifteen years, what are we going to do to prevent the calamities that we know are coming as opposed to just taking advantage of bad situations and putting in good architecture?
GM: Is that the direction you want to lead Architecture for Humanity in?
EC: There are two principle goals that I want to drive the organization towards. More