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MAKE Magazine Cover Girl Emily Pilloton

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Project H founder and hands-on learning champion Emily Pilloton graced the cover of MAKE Magazine’s 40th Issue on ‘Makerspaces.’ With initiatives like Camp H, a design and building program for girls ages 9-12, Studio H, a design/build public school curriculum, and Workshop H, a boot-camp training program for teachers, leaders, and organizations, MAKE could not have picked a better person to represent the makerspace movement.

From TechShops to Fab Labs, makerspaces are popping up around the country and the world, helping makers gain experience, develop support networks, and build bigger and better than ever before. Volunteer-run or professional, membership- or employee-based, non- or for-profit, theyʼre offering tools, education, and space to makers who donʼt have a home shop or who want to go beyond it.

Click here to learn more about MAKE 40: Makerspaces, online at MAKEzine.com.

Kresge Announces Climate Resilience Initiative

The Kresge Foundation–a private foundation dedicated to creating opportunities for low-income people–has announced an initiative to assist community-based nonprofits with climate resilience projects. Under the Environment Program, the Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative will award planning grants of up to $100,000 to as many as 20 nonprofit organizations with “a record of effective work in low-income communities and an interest in deepening their involvement and leadership in local and/or regional climate-resilience efforts.” Interested organizations are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications by July 31st, 2014, and qualified organizations will be invited to submit applications.

The Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative is focused on improving the resilience of low-income, urban communities in the face of climate change. Through this initiative, The Kresge Foundation seeks to strengthen the capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development and implementation to better reflect the priorities and needs of low-income people in U.S. cities. This strengthened capacity will lead to the development of more effective climate-resilience measures in multiple venues within communities.

Click here to read more about Kresge’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative, online at Kresge.org.

PUBLIC Journal Summer 2014 Issue Released

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The second issue of the recently-launched PUBLIC Journal is now available for purchase in both digital and print formats. As the first magazine dedicated to humanitarian and public interest design, the team of architects, designers, and writers (including a few of our team members) are sharing the stories of individuals and organizations who are improving lives through design. The Summer issue features projects by Sharon Davis Design, design/buildLAB, Jensen Architects, and Tulane City Center, along with articles on business, practice, and education. For anyone interested in in-depth articles on this evolving movement, this is a must-read magazine.

PUBLIC Journal provides an unprecedented platform for the expanding Public Interest Design movement; where the world of architecture 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. PUBLIC tells stories of like-minded individuals attempting to make a difference and celebrates their challenges and successes, one project at a time. Today’s growing Public Interest Design movement deserves to be exposed and archived.

Click here to subscribe to PUBLIC Journal and receive Issue #2, online at ThisIsPUBLICJournal.com.

Design’s Future is Social

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The 2014 Design Futures Student Forum united 60 young designers and 20 public interest design leaders from across the U.S. and around the world for a five-day intensive ‘school’ experience at the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. From in-depth, three-hour courses, to evenings indulging in New Orleans’ rich culture, this unique ‘un-conference’ fostered new insights, learnings, and connections amongst attendees. Industrial design student Mauricio Urueña shares his thoughts and takeaways from his experience.

In early-June, I had the chance to participate in the Design Futures Student Forum hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, thanks to one of four full-ride scholarships made available through the Autodesk Foundation. As a Master of Industrial Design student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, it was an incredible opportunity for me to meet students, professors, and professionals who share my passion and enthusiasm for public interest design.

Nearly a month later, one of the ideas that sticks in my head is a quote from Thomas Jefferson, which Tulane professor Maurice Cox shared during one of the sessions: “Design activity and political thought are indivisible.” Growing up in Colombia, I view political activity as something inherently social, which led me to an ‘a-ha moment’: design is inherently social. I heard – and experienced – this idea throughout the conference. More

Design's Future is Social

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The 2014 Design Futures Student Forum united 60 young designers and 20 public interest design leaders from across the U.S. and around the world for a five-day intensive ‘school’ experience at the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. From in-depth, three-hour courses, to evenings indulging in New Orleans’ rich culture, this unique ‘un-conference’ fostered new insights, learnings, and connections amongst attendees. Industrial design student Mauricio Urueña shares his thoughts and takeaways from his experience.

In early-June, I had the chance to participate in the Design Futures Student Forum hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, thanks to one of four full-ride scholarships made available through the Autodesk Foundation. As a Master of Industrial Design student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, it was an incredible opportunity for me to meet students, professors, and professionals who share my passion and enthusiasm for public interest design.

Nearly a month later, one of the ideas that sticks in my head is a quote from Thomas Jefferson, which Tulane professor Maurice Cox shared during one of the sessions: “Design activity and political thought are indivisible.” Growing up in Colombia, I view political activity as something inherently social, which led me to an ‘a-ha moment’: design is inherently social. I heard – and experienced – this idea throughout the conference. More

MASS in TIME's "The Smarter Home" Issue

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If you happen upon a newsstand this week, pick up a copy of TIME Magazine’s recent issue “The Smarter Home” to see MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctors’ Housing project. Along with MASS’s stunning project in Rwanda, the double issue for the weeks of July 7th & 14th features a wide range of housing from around the world, including the Abod pop-up shelters, the communal Home-for-All, and the Bosco Verticale apartment building for trees and people, amongst other news on gadgetry and construction materials.

Click here to read more about the recent issue on “The Smarter Home,” online at TIME.com.

MASS in TIME’s “The Smarter Home” Issue

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If you happen upon a newsstand this week, pick up a copy of TIME Magazine’s recent issue “The Smarter Home” to see MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctors’ Housing project. Along with MASS’s stunning project in Rwanda, the double issue for the weeks of July 7th & 14th features a wide range of housing from around the world, including the Abod pop-up shelters, the communal Home-for-All, and the Bosco Verticale apartment building for trees and people, amongst other news on gadgetry and construction materials.

Click here to read more about the recent issue on “The Smarter Home,” online at TIME.com.

Apply for AzuKo's Research Associate Role by 7/14

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The last day to submit applications for the Research Associate position at London-based AzuKo is Monday, July 14th. As a recently established public interest design charity, the role offers an individual interested in human centered design, humanitarian aid, and international development an opportunity to work on projects in Kenya and Bangladesh along with developing organizational operations. The selected candidate will begin September 1st, 2014.

Click here to learn more and apply for AzuKo’s Research Associate position by Monday, July 14th, online atAzuKo.org/Opportunities.

Apply for AzuKo’s Research Associate Role by 7/14

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The last day to submit applications for the Research Associate position at London-based AzuKo is Monday, July 14th. As a recently established public interest design charity, the role offers an individual interested in human centered design, humanitarian aid, and international development an opportunity to work on projects in Kenya and Bangladesh along with developing organizational operations. The selected candidate will begin September 1st, 2014.

Click here to learn more and apply for AzuKo’s Research Associate position by Monday, July 14th, online atAzuKo.org/Opportunities.

Reminder: Rose Fellowship Applications Due 7/10

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Applications for the prestigious 2015-2017 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship close this Thursday, July 10th. As posted previously here, the upcoming cycle offers six emerging architects an opportunity to work in community-based organizations in Oakland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Boston, Los Angeles, and Slayton, Minnesota. Our own Gilad Meron described the long-term impact of the program in his recent article on Next City:

For the past 14 years, the Enterprise Rose Fellowship has been a quiet but powerful force in helping build career pathways in social impact design. Through the fellowship emerging architects gain professional experience in design and community development for low-income communities… The fellowship is not just building a group of leaders, but a group of vocal advocates who are pushing forward a national dialogue about how design can transform the field of community development.

Click here to learn more and apply to be a 2015-2017 Rose Fellow, online at EnterpriseCommunity.com.