GOOD: Top 10 PID Videos of 2013


On Monday, we published the first “round up” piece on GOOD that highlights our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Videos of 2013.” Bringing together our favorite videos–all of which have been featured here on our blog throughout the year–has made us reflect on the breadth of initiatives that are shaping the dialogue around design education, practice, and performance. We hope it does the same for you.

1. Extreme by Design Film Trailer

2. IF YOU BUILD IT Film Trailer

3. SEEDoc: Nyanza Maternity Hospital

4. Archiculture Film Trailer

5. Art Directors Club Launches 50/50 Campaign

6. MAKERS Profile: Majora Carter

7. MAKERS Profile: Jane Chen

8. LEAP Symposium Video

9. Studio TAMassociati & Emergency

10. NASHI Designing for People & Place

Click here to read our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Videos of 2013,” online at

Watch the Official Archiculture Film Trailer

Many years in the making, Arbuckle Industries yesterday released the official trailer of their long-awaited film, Archiculture. The brainchild of architecture graduates and filmmakers Ian Harris and David Krantz, the Archiculture trailer screened for the first time–in near final form–during Public Interest Design Week. The actual film will be 25 minutes in length, and has its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival, in Newport, Calif., on April 29, 2013; if you’re in the area, we highly recommend attending.

Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology.

Click here to watch the Archiculture trailer, online at

Architizer: 2012 Top 10 PID Predictions in Review

On Tuesday, we published the first in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our 2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review. The history is that a year ago, Archinect published our “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012–For The Public Good.” Here we are, a year later and wiser, to take a quick look back.

1. The TED Prize was awarded to “The City 2.0”
2. Design for America has, indeed, spread its wings
3. The Public Interest Design Institute hit the road
4. The 1% program eclipsed 1,000 firms
5. The Intern Development Program 2.0 took effect
6. Design Like You Give a Damn 2 hit the shelves
7. Studio H, the documentary, due out in 2013
8. Archiculture film in production
9. U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showcased “Spontaneous Interventions”
10. Public Policy Lab took shape
Bonus: Rounding up to 12, one public interest media site reboots, while another waits.

Click here to read our “2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review,” online at

“Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012″

Last week’s Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011, published at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from and Mass Design Group to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future–though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.

Initiatives profiled among the Top 10 of 2012 include: the TED Prize (being conferred on “The City 2.0″), Design for America, Bryan Bell’s Public Interest Design Institute training program, The 1% program of Public Architecture, Version 2.0 of NCARB’s Intern Development Program, Design Like You Give a Damn 2, Studio-H (the documentary), Archiculture (the film), “Spontaneous Interventions” at the Venice Biennale, and Public Policy Lab, as well as Worldchanging and Next America City as bonuses.

Click here to read the “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012″ on Archinect.

New High Line Video from ARCHITECT Magazine

New York’s celebrated High Line earned more coverage in yesterday’s New York Times article, “Cities See the Other Side of the Tracks,” yet again as a model others are inspired to replicate in part or whole. Friends of the High Line also announced that the first comprehensive book on the project is due out this October.

But for those that have yet to walk the rails and trails, absolutely one of the best and most immersive overviews, of Section 2 in particular, is a newly-posted video (above), produced for ARCHITECT Magazine by the Brooklyn-based outfit of Arbuckle Industries. The video uniquely captures the sights and sounds of this improbable green walkway in the sky, which meanders through Manhattan. It features Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond, NYC Planning Commission Chair & City Planning Director Amanda Burden, landscape architects James Corner and Lisa Switkin of Field Operations, and architect Ric Scofidio of diller scofidio + renfro.

P.S. Ian Harris and David Krantz of Arbuckle Industries are already well known in design circles for their up-and-coming archiCULTURE film. The film remains in the works and due out shortly, with the company busy with lots of other film projects. So stay tuned.