IDEO.org Crowdfunding to Create New HCD Guide

On Friday, human-centered design nonprofit IDEO.org launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the next iteration of the wildly popular HCD Toolkit. With over 70% of their $30,000 goal raised in just three days, designers from around the world are gobbling up the opportunity to gain early access to The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design. Available in pocket and book size, the new guide is packed full of new design methods, case studies, and worksheets to help create solutions to wicked problems. You have until December 7th, 2014 to secure one of the first copies of the new human-centered design guide, set to ship around the world in February 2015.

Design Kit is our online platform which currently has 58,000 members; our online Course for Human-Centered Design has seen 40,000 people register from 148 countries over the past two years; and the HCD Toolkit has been downloaded over 141,000 times. But there are places that the Internet just doesn’t go. And there are times out in the field, when your best friend is a good book. The Field Guide is just that friend, an ally in design and a key to help design a world without poverty.

Click here to support IDEO.org’s campaign to create The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design, online at Kickstarter.com.

3 Impact Designers Named New Talent 2014 by Metropolis

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For the October issue of Metropolis, ten industry leaders, mentors and critics were invited to handpick design’s rising stars in sound, bio-design, computation, development policy, and urbanism. The list represents a vast array of designers pushing the boundaries in design, from architecture firm wrk-shp who make ready-wear apparel to designer Yuri Suzuki who uses computer programming to create whimsical sound installations. Among the diverse list were three impact designers–Julia King, Chad Rochkind of Urban Social Assembly, and NLÉ–who are each addressing wicked issues in communities around the world. Although their efforts are not always the most glamorous, the acknowledgement recognizes the importance of what they do day in and day out. More

Catch & Release: The Seaport Stories


Following up on our post about the launch of AIGA/NY’s Catch & Release program, the big team of designers, community engagement strategists, storytellers, and media mixers have been busy working with locals in Southport Street Seaport, Red Hook and Rockaway neighborhoods. After collecting messages about the transformation in Seaport since Hurricane Sandy, the team curated and collected a set of storytour guides from various neighborhood characters. The “Seaport Stories” project kicked off with a night tour on October 30th led by three of the storytellers: fishmonger Frank Mineo; photographer Barbara Mensch; and painter Naima Rauam. The stories from all eight Seaport storytellers are now available online in both audio and text versions.

This unique storytour guides visitors to explore the Seaport, either on site or through the website, listening to the untold stories by its characters: a painter, a photographer, a fishmonger, a composer, and others, whose stories are all intertwined within this twelve-block enclave.

Click here to listen or read stories told from Seaport residents, online at Catch-and-Release.NYC.

Reminder: Surdna Social Change RFPs Due 11/12


The deadline to submit socially-engaged art and design project proposals to Surdna’Artists Engaging in Social Change program is quickly approaching. Ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, the grants will be awarded to artists whose “long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly ‘activist.’” Proposals are due Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59pm ET and grant awards will be announced in April 2015.

Surdna’s Artists Engaging in Social Change program works to promote the potential of artists to be catalysts for social change and to promote the cultural traditions of their communities. The foundation values artists and culture bearers who nurture, sustain, and grow our communities’ cultural traditions. We therefore support projects that help artists and culture bearers deepen our cultural understanding or help communities achieve social change.

Click here to submit your proposal for the Artists Engaging in Social Change by November 12th, online at Surdna.org/RFP.

Bottle Sail Prototype by 1+1>2 International Architecture


On the northern Vietnamese coast outside the city of Haiphong, a glistening seedling house made with recycled plastic bottles is being tested to serve the farming community. The prototype project was developed by 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC and the Center for Community Health and Development (COHED) as a way to help people living with HIV and AIDS to socially reintegrate into the agricultural community. With an average of 12 typhoons affecting the region each year, the prototype is situated at the foot of the sea dyke on sturdy concrete piers to protect plant seedlings from strong winds.

The wind-sail idea is a familiar image for fishing villagers, and the house additionally looks like an interesting accent between fields. The combined curves from plastic bottles also sparkle like moving furniture, creating strong visual appeal. This structure has an area of only 172 square feet, and uses bamboo material roofed by 3,000 plastic bottles. The work serves about 10,000 tomato seedling seeds per season, and functions as a place for farmers to rest and relax. It is also a place for students to have after-school activities.

Click here to read more about Bottle Sail, online at Architizer.com.

8 Talks on the Future of Cities from New TED City2.0 Site


In 2012, The City2.0 was the first idea to be awarded a TED Prize. The City2.0’s aim was to become “an ever-expanding network of citizen-led, scalable experiments” where individuals and communities around the world would engage  through “editorial content, a shareable project database, tools for local engagement, and resources for executing ideas.” Nearly two years later, TEDCity2.org relaunched to meet it’s mission more succinctly. Designed by Kiss Me I’m Polish, the revamped site contains new talks on housing, education, and food; videos on 10 local projects that received funding; and resources for those hoping to spark change in their own cities. To help get you started, the TED Blog has identified 8 fantastic talks on the future of cities that missed the TED.com circuit.

In 2012, for the first time in history the TED Prize went not to a person, but to an idea on which our future depends: The City 2.0. We’ve examined the intersection of ingenuity and urbanity in TED talks, gatherings around the globe, micro-philanthropy and even collaborative action.

Click here to watch all 8 Future of Cities Talks on TED.com, or click here to explore the new TED City2.0 site on TEDCity2.org.

Architecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti Program


After five years committed to assisting Haitian people rebuild their communities, Architecture for Humanity has announced the completion of the Haiti program effective January 2015. Since March 2010, the organization has assisted over 18,000 students and families design, build, and open nearly 50 projects involving hundreds of structures: homes, medical clinics, offices, and schools. The team also executed extensive planning and mapping for numerous projects and was able to train and employ hundreds of Haitians to work as part of their work. In total, Architecture for Humanity estimates they have positively affected over 1 million Haitians. Darren Gill, past Haiti Regional Program Manager, commented on the effectiveness of setting up the Haiti Rebuilding Center:

“By combining multiple design and construction services under one roof, the Haiti Rebuilding Center acted as a focal point for practitioners. I will always be proud of the work and the people at The Rebuilding Center. The schools we completed proved that Haitian solutions and tradesmen can very effectively produce beautiful learning environments while the community planning projects helped local communities to have their voices heard in the decision making process.”

Click here to read more about AFH’s Haiti Program, online at ArchitectureForHumanity.org.

IPA Hosting Fall Fête on Nov 14th


New York City’s Institute for Public Architecture is hosting their second annual Fall Fête on Friday, November 14th, 2014. Held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the evening will honor community development leader Rosanne Haggerty and architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and raise funds to support IPA’s future efforts. Tickets to attend start at $50 and include cocktails and light fare.

We will bring together a lively group of architects, developers, artists, public officials, designers, and writers to celebrate our honorees and the work of the IPA.The Fête auction will feature a West Village walking tour with Kimmelman, a Steven Holl watercolor, and many more design experiences and works of art.

Click here to learn more and purchase your ticket to attend the IPA Fall Fête, online at Eventbrite.com.

ACSA Releases Revised Community Design Directory


In 2000, the first release of the ACSA Sourcebook of Community Design Programs was authored by our founding editor John Cary. Since then, community design has flourished in scale, scope, and geographical reach. Recognizing this rise, the ACSA and AIA Housing Knowledge Community enlisted a group of researchers to revise the directory, which was recently released to the public. Now available in three formats–downloadable PDF, downloadable spreadsheet, and online, searchable listing–the ACSA Community Design Directory has expanded to include over two hundred organizations. Even better news: ACSA has committed to revise it more often than once every fourteen years.

This is just the beginning of this project. ACSA plans to update the online directory three times a year, so if you have an academic, non-profit, or private sector organization, studio, or program operating in this space and want to be included, you can get involved here.

Click here to dive into the Community Design Directory, online at ACSA-Arch.org.

3 Finalist Teams Selected for Van Alen’s Future Ground Competition


In conjunction with Van Alen’s multi-year initiative Elsewhere, the Future Ground Competition invited multidisciplinary teams to generate design and policy strategies for reusing vacant land in New Orleans. From a pool of more than 180 individuals representing 17 countries, three teams have been selected to participate in a six-month research and design phase with a $15,000 stipend. This first phase kicked off in New Orleans on October 22nd and final presentations will be made in April 2015. More