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Reminder: ArtPlace Grant Proposals Due 11/3

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The 2015 ArtPlace National Grants Program is accepting creative placemaking proposals through Monday, November 3rd, 2014. ArtPlace has dedicated $10 million to support up to 40 projects in the forthcoming year, with 50% reserved for specific communities across the US. The 5-year-old program has contributed a total of $56.8 million to 189 projects that are strengthening social, economic, and physical fabric of places around the country–and 2015 is sure to contribute a wide array to the portfolio.

Click here to apply for the 2015 ArtPlace National Grants Program by November 3rd, 2014, online at ArtPlaceAmerica.org/LOI.

“Solving the Housing Crisis on Native American Lands”

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CU Boulder’s NASHI program, led by architect and educator Rob Pyatt, was recently profiled in Architect Magazine. The in-depth article written by David Hill features the work that NASHI and partner organization Thunder Valley Community Development Corp are undertaking to improve housing conditions on the Oglala Sioux (or Lakota) tribal reservation. As previously featured here and here, NASHI is building four prototype homes using four different construction methods and materials: straw bale, structured insulated panels, compressed earth block, and advanced wood frame. These prototypes not only introduce new sustainable construction techniques but also provide training for students in Oglala Lakota College’s construction-technology course, who will most likely contribute to the building of 96 additional homes for the new development.

Many residents live in shabby low-income houses built in the 1960s and 1970s by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They are located in clusters, like little suburban enclaves, scattered throughout the reservation. “The houses are poorly insulated, poorly constructed, and not really designed for the landscape or the climate,” says Pyatt. “I think HUD thought these homes would promote community,” he adds. “But there are some key components missing. No services, no community buildings, no mixed-used buildings. It turns out to be more like a housing project you would find in a city, but in a rural setting.”

Click here to read “Solving the Housing Crisis on Native American Lands,” online at ArchitectMagazine.com.

Profile: The Citizens Foundation

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From building 5 schools in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1995 to 1,000 schools completed by 2013, The Citizens Foundation, USA (TCF) has become one of Pakistan’s largest non-profit organization focused on education. In order to consistently provide high quality formal education to 145,000 children, TCF employs five main programs: school building, teacher training, mentorship, adult education, and higher education. TCF schools are established in urban slums and rural areas across Pakistan with a goal to have a balanced gender ratio at each. Through the Autodesk Technology Impact Program, TCF has been utilizing software to improve the development of drawings at all phases of design and construction, from schematic to presentation to working drawings and even 3D modeling.

TCF-USA funds schools and educational programs for underprivileged children in Pakistan. These schools are designed, built and operated by The Citizens Foundation (TCF), one of Pakistan’s largest non-profit organizations in education. TCF is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2013.

Click here to learn more about The Citizens Foundation on TCFUSA.org, or click here to learn more about the Autodesk Technology Impact Program, offering current versions of Autodesk’s professional software to nonprofit organizations using design for impact.

2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Announced

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The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced SCAPE‘s climate change adaptation and community development project ‘Living Breakwaters‘ as the winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Living up to Fuller’s work as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist,’ the winning project aims to utilize engineering, ecology, and education to restore livelihoods to the community of Tottenville in Staten Island, New York–a place hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The $100,000 cash award will be presented to the ‘Living Breakwaters’ team during a celebration at The Wythe in Brooklyn, New York, on November 20, 2014.

Living Breakwaters is a comprehensive design for coastal resiliency along the Northeastern Seaboard of the United States and beyond. This approach to climate change adaptation and flood mitigation includes the deployment of innovative, layered ecologically-engineered breakwaters, the strengthening of biodiversity and coastal habitats through “reef streets”, the nurturing and resuscitation of fisheries and historic livelihoods, and deep community engagement through diverse partnerships and innovative educational programs.

Click here to learn more about 2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Living Breakwaters, online at BFI.org.

IDEO.org’s Zero to Five Challenge Enters Ideas Phase

IDEO.org‘s second Amplify challenge poses the question: “How might parents in low-income communities ensure children thrive in their first five years?” Last month over 400 pieces of research were submitted on OpenIDEO in response, which is now moving into the Ideas phase. Individuals and teams are encouraged to use this research–which has been organized into four key themes–to submit ideas for solutions. The Ideas phase will close on December 2nd, which will be followed by the Refinement phase. In February 2015, a handful of ideas will be selected to receive seed funding and design support from IDEO.org.

The first five years of a child’s life are a crucial time, and account for 90 percent of a child’s brain development. Skills, competencies, health, and habits gained in these early years accompany children into adulthood, and are the fundamental building blocks for living a full life. Parents and other caregivers play the most influential role in children’s lives, but in low-income communities there are substantial barriers to overcome. This challenge focuses on designing solutions that help parents navigate these obstacles, make informed choices and get the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

Click here to read more and submit your ideas to IDEO.org’s Zero to Five Challenge, online at OpenIDEO.com.

Join PUBLIC Journal Launch Party on Nov 5th

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To celebrate publication’s third issue, PUBLIC Journal has partnered with the Autodesk Foundation and Native Trails to host a celebratory evening at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Along with dinner, drinks, and a plethora of impact designers, the evening will culminate around a panel discussion on the future of product design for social good. The conversation with IDEO.org‘s Patrice Martin, Stanford d.School‘s Alissa Murphy, and frog design‘s Denise Gershbein will be moderated by Krista Donaldson of D-Rev. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $15 each and part of the proceeds will support Journeyman International.

PUBLIC Journal is a quarterly print and digital publication providing an unprecedented platform for the expanding impact design movement; where the world of architecture and design intersects the voices of activism, exposing a determination to provide good design for those that need it most, but most often do not get it. Readers get insight into the social, political, and cultural issues that surround this burgeoning movement. PUBLIC Journal tells stories of like-minded individuals attempting to make a difference and celebrates their challenges and successes, one project at a time.

Click here to secure your place at PUBLIC Journal’s Launch Party, online at Eventbrite.com.

Reminder: Berkeley Prize Proposals Due Nov 1

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Submissions to the seventeenth annual Berkeley Prize Essay Competition are due Saturday, November 1, 2014. The topic for 2015 is “Architects Confront Poverty” with the following question posed: “Which architects, individuals, or institutions have made an effort to improve the living, working, education, and recreation places for the poor and underserved in your community?” Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in any architecture program (or teams of two students, one of whom may be from a collateral discipline) are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal. Twenty-five semifinalists will then be selected to submit 2,500-word essays and invited to submit proposals for the 2015 Travel Fellowship.

Click here to read more and submit your Berkeley Prize essay proposal, online atBerkeleyPrize.org.

“How Venezuela’s Espacios de Paz Project is Transforming Community Spaces”

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ArchDaily recently featured a photoblog of “Espacios de Paz” (Spaces for Peace) project in Venezuela. Organized by local Venezuelan firm PICO Estudio, the six-week workshop involved architecture collectives turning “zones of danger” into “zones of peace” through participatory design. Completed in August, the installations intend to teach community members on how to work independently to “transform their reality” and strengthen neighborhood cohesion.

By transforming unused spaces such as empty plots and unregulated landfill areas, the projects sought to create “social dynamics that invite new ways of living in communities, transforming categories that rule the daily life: the use of time and space.” Community involvement in project development was also key to the Espacios de Paz initiative, which sought to  create “a space built not only “for” the community but “by” the community.”

Click here to read more about Espacios de Paz on ArchDaily.com, or click here to read the full project profile on Archinect.com.

AIGA Announce 2014 “Justified” Winners

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The fourth annual AIGAJustified” competition for design efficacy announced 19 winning entries selected from a pool of over 600 applicants. From civic wayfinding programs to K-12 curriculum in Peru to a sustainability treehouse, the broad range of design solutions each uniquely represent “effective” design–that is, attention to Craft, Clarity and Context. With this in mind, this year’s jury–Christopher Simmons, Dana Arnett, Kate Aronowitz, Cameron Campbell, Joe Gebbia, Jennifer Kinon, and Jeremy Mende–considered the questions of: “Did the work do its job? Is it effective? well-crafted? beautifully executed?” All 19 winners are now featured a AIGA Case Studies.

Designers’ unique capacity for seeing problems from unexpected angles—as well as their creativity and empathy for the human experience—is in high demand. AIGA believes that a competition built around the case study format, rather than one built around the selection of artifacts, offers a more effective means of revealing how designers have approached clients’ problems, with all of the attendant constraints.

Click here to read more about the 2014 AIGA Justified winners, online at AIGA.org.

“Reflecting on LEAP: One Year Later”

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Designmatters Associate Director Jennifer May shares her experiences managing the first LEAP Symposium, which took place a year ago at Art Center College of Design. As an MBA grad in a room with design educators, students, practitioners, and thought leaders, Jennifer brought a unique perspective to the conversation around career pathways for designers in social innovation.

This was my first introduction to the world of design, and I was inspired and intrigued by the free flow of conversation, the openness, the endless ideas generated, and the prolific use of post-its to find the connections between these ideas. (Side note: when ordering supplies for LEAP, I ordered more post-its than I thought 150 people could ever use. At the end of the event, there were only a few sad sticky notes left).

On the final day of LEAP, we held an “Innovation Fair,” where groups shared their ideas for advancing design careers in social innovation… After the Innovation Fair, LEAP attendees shared their actionable commitments for forging career pathways in social innovations… it will be really exciting to track these ideas and commitments throughout the next iterations of LEAP, to see which “what ifs” become reality.

Click here to read Jennifer’s full blog post on DesignMattersAtArtCenter.org. To learn more about the biennial LEAP Symposium scheduled for late 2015 at MICA, visit LEAPSymposium.org.