This weekend, the second annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! is happening in New York City. Presented by Architecture for Humanity, the two-day conference is an effort to bring together leading designers, philanthropists, journalists, students and business representatives to discuss breakthroughs and challenges in humanitarian design. The 2011 conference will take place at the Steelcase Showroom and Center for Architecture, starting with a cocktail reception on Friday, October 21st. Saturday will be a full-day session of panel discussions and workshops, ranging from rapid fire Q&As to one on one sessions with design professionals.

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Design Open Mic is a special feature of the conference where designers and architects get seven minutes to present their projects to the public. The limited time frame creates a rapid-fire format whereby presenters must cohesively present their projects in an engaging manner.

Another option for those with an idea in the incubation stage is the chance to present it in a one-on-one session with any of the panelists. This year boasts a strong line up of designers with a wide range of projects. Haas&Hahn, leaders of the Favela Painting Project, have worked to bring art to unexpected places. They have created an engaging program that involves collaborating with local youth in Brazilian favelas to produce murals. Christopher Sharples, founder of SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction, is currently working on the design of New York’s East River Waterfront Esplanade and the Botswana Innovation Hub among many other international projects.

An array of community development experts will also present their work. Marc Norman, Vice President of the Community Development Finance Group at Deutsche Bank, has been an advocate for providing loans and investments to organizations supporting low-income communities in the United States. Representing Architecture for Humanity, Eric Cesal serves as the Haiti Regional Program Manager. He is responsible for ground operations at the Architecture for Humanity Haiti Rebuilding Center.

This year there are three, hour-long panels with four to five speakers participating in each and a Chapter Forum. The Chapter Forum takes place Saturday morning and features an open discussion and mini-workshops designed specifically for chapters. Afternoon panel themes include Investing in Social and Sustainable Real Estate, Disaster Response and Reconstruction and Greening Our Schools. A wide range of speakers and topics is sure to draw a crowd so reserve your spot.

The Friday night Opening Event and Cocktail Reception take place at the Steelcase Showroom and are free with RSVP. Registration for Saturday’s workshop and forum at the Center for Architecture can be made through the AFH Events page and discounts are available to students and AFH members with additional discounts applied to advance sale purchases.

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Images courtesy of Yutaka Takiura and Haas&Hahn for