John Cary – The Power of Pro Bono: 40 stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and their Clients

The Centre for City Ecology presents a talk on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 6:00pm at Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto by John Cary, President & CEO of Next American City and former Executive Director of Public Architecture, a public-interest design organization known for its pro bono 1% program which pairs non-profits with firms ready to donate design services.

Cary is the editor of The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients, published in Fall 2010 by Metropolis Books/Distributed Art Publishers. With a foreword by MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter and a preface by Public Architecture founder John Peterson, the volume features 40 projects in the US and presents both non-profit clients’ and designers’ perspectives. Clients include grassroots community organizations, and national and international non-profits such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, KIPP Schools and Planned Parenthood paired with award-winning practices from SHoP Architects in New York and Studio Gang in Chicago, to young studios including Stephen Dalton Architects in California to some of the largest firms in the US. Taken as a whole, the selected works represent six general categories: Arts, Civic, Community, Education, Health and Housing. Cary is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and recently held the Public Affairs Practitioner Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Copies of his book will be available for sale from SWiPE and BUILT: Books on Design, Architecture and Urbanism, which is located in the same building as the Urbanspace Gallery.

The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing. DATE | 6 April, 6:00 pm followed by reception, & book signing. Urbanspace Gallery is located at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto. Please RSVP to