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Design Access Summit Convening Feb 19-21

Leaders and experts from the fields of design, philanthropy, nonprofit, and government will be convening February 19th-21st in Northern California’s Marin Headlands for Public Architecture’s third annual Design Access Summit. The nontraditional convention format offers (invitation-only) participants a place “to build their professional relationships, to collaborate on impactful projects, and to examine complex issues from(…)


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Good Pitch Opens Call for Films on Social Issues

As we’ve covered and encouraged in previous posts (here, here, and here are just a few examples), storytelling through film is an excellent and accessible medium to share projects, initiatives, and transformational events, especially in the field of public interest design. Two upcoming Good Pitch2 events in New York and Sydney are providing a platform(…)


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ArtPlace names finalists for second grant cycle

Just a little over two months ago, more than 2,000 letters of inquiry flowed into ArtPlace–the newly-established consortium that supports creative placemaking with grants and loans, research, and advocacy. In another sign of its nimbleness and efficiency, ArtPlace has already narrowed the field to 127 finalists, representing 68 cities. The selected projects represent the best(…)


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GOOD 100: "Landesman is the new Florida"

GOOD has issued what its editors are calling “a collection of people, things, and ideas we’re betting on.” The “GOOD 100” has its own dedicated website, structured around the new, as in “_______ is the new _______.” Put another way, if you like X, you’ll love Y. There are at least three design-related entries among(…)


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GOOD 100: “Landesman is the new Florida”

GOOD has issued what its editors are calling “a collection of people, things, and ideas we’re betting on.” The “GOOD 100” has its own dedicated website, structured around the new, as in “_______ is the new _______.” Put another way, if you like X, you’ll love Y. There are at least three design-related entries among(…)


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Living Cities celebrates two decades of service

Yesterday, funding conglomerate Living Cities officially celebrated its 20th anniversary. Created in 1991, Living Cities unites the interests and investments of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, all with an eye toward making cities better. Partners range from philanthropic powerhouses like the Gates, Ford Foundation, Kresge, MacArthur, McKnight, Rockefeller, and Surdna Foundations,(…)


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ArtPlace launches with $11.5 million in grants

As announced in today’s print edition of The New York Times, a new consortium of funders has joined forces to launch a game-changing, public/private partnership, called ArtPlace. The effort takes the approach of creative platemaking, a decades-old practice that drives growth and revitalization in cities and towns, putting the arts at the center of economic(…)


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Teddy Cruz Wins Ford Foundation Award

In conjunction with its ongoing 75th anniversary celebrations, the Ford Foundation announced in May that a dozen individuals would receive special Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards. The award includes an unrestricted gift of $100,000. Among the recipients is public interest design leader Teddy Cruz, well known for his advocacy to transform the poor and overlooked neighborhoods(…)


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Today: "The Just City" Ford Foundation Forum

Continuing its 75th anniversary celebration, the Ford Foundation is hosting a special convening today, called The Just City: Creating a New Geography of Opportunity. It will unite “civic leaders and policymakers, urban designers and entrepreneurs–to explore how fairness, opportunity and equity can serve as the defining features of this new era of urbanization.” Speakers include(…)


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