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SXSW 2010: 'Citizen Architect' Documents Rural Design Program

Nathan Cone
L to R: Sara Ann Mockbee, Jack “Jay” Sanders, and Sam Wainwright Douglas, the filmmakers behind Citizen Architect. ";s:


In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

“Sambo really felt that his profession, and art and design, could be a lot more socially responsible and have an effect on communities,” says Sam Wainwright Douglas, the director and producer of the documentary "Citizen Architect," about Mockbee’s life, the Rural Studio, and the good work being done by a generation of talented young architects and builders.

The above audio link features an interview with Douglas, Jay Sanders, and Sara Ann Mockbee.