Years ago I was very good friends with someone that worked at the Baltimore Resettlement Center in Highland town for political refugees.
Naturally during the course of the friendship I became very aware of the horrible conditions, turmoil, and stress that too many people in this world are forced to deal with. Needless to say it was a real eye opener. I came to know several refuges very well and their optimistic outlook on life and happiness was inspiring, especially considering the unbelievable tragedies that many of them endured prior to being granted refugee status in the united states. These people had next to nothing materialistically, but most of them considered every day a blessing and their happiness was infectious.
That friend took me to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, specifically to see the work of Australian architect Sean Godesll, FutureShack exhibit, a low-cost, mobile housing project which addresses the shelter needs of refugees and displaced or homeless persons around the world.
The esthetics are little more that nice, but the utilitarian practicality is wonderful, plus I like the minimalist approach. More importantly his work benefits a greater humanitarian good!
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