GOOD: The Top 10 Public Interest Design Articles


Over the past two years, our team at has been highlighting the people, projects and ideas that have helped bring the terms ‘public-interest’ and ‘social-impact’ to the forefront of design. We’ve been privileged to witness the birth of a movement and we are committed to doing everything we can to help it grow and mature. To build on our top 10 videos, predictions review and milestones for 2013, our fourth piece published in conjunction with GOOD kicks off 2014 with a collection of our 10 favorite articles that have helped spread the word and bring visibility to the many people, projects and ideas moving this field forward.

1. How Plus Pool is Helping Revolutionize Architecture by Karen Wong, Architizer

2. Improving School Lunch by Design by Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times

3. Blazing Trails by Cheryl Weber, Residential Architect

4. Dignifying Design by John Cary and Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times

5. Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding by Timothy Williams, The New York Times

6. What Legos Can Teach us About Civic Participation by Alex Gilliam, Guggenheim’s Lab | Log Blog

7. A Resilient New York City Requires Social Infrastructure Too by Megan Marini, Reboot

8. Architecture’s Lean In Moment by Alexandra Lange, Metropolis

9. Prototyping a Community Center by Dan Parham, Medium

10. Children of the Revolution by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Architect Magazine


We couldn’t resist recommending just a few more for our PID readers:

- Are Humanitarian Designers Imperialists? by Emily Pilloton, FastCo Design

- A Housing Solution Gone Awry by Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times

- How Infographics are Changing Congress by Mark Wilson, FastCoDesign

- Calling For a Triple Bottom Line Design Metric by John Cary, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Click here to read “From Public Pools to School Lunches: How Public Interest Design is Changing the Way We Do Things,” online at

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