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Using Our Words: The Language of Design for Equity

This is the second post in the “Design for Equity” series. Read all articles in the series in the design for equity section. Public interest design. Social impact design. Community based design. These are labels that many of us use regularly to define the work we do… but what do these words actually mean? As Barbara(…)


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Feature: How will Public Interest Design look in 2024? 19 Practitioners Weigh In

Rewind to 2004 and think about what you were doing on August 27th. On this day ten years ago, a cold air conditioned breeze was blowing through my hair and onto my sticky skin as I took a break from moving boxes and bags into my apartment in New Orleans. Entering my fourth year of(…)


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Surdna Awards $845K to Community Design Orgs

Operating under the tagline “Fostering sustainable communities in the United States,” the Surdna Foundation has developed the Thriving Cultures program to support artists, architects, and designers working in community engaged design. For this quarter of 2014, the foundation has awarded eight grants totalling an outstanding $845,000 to organizations that “combine artistic and design practice with(…)


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Public Interest Design Institute Featured on WNPR

In the lead up to Public Interest Design Institute’s SEED Training at Yale School of Architecture last week, WNPR host John Dankosky spoke with Alan Plattus, professor at Yale and founder of Yale Urban Design Workshop, Bryan Bell, Executive Director of Design Corps, and Anne Frederick, Founding Director of Hester Street Collective. Kicking off the(…)


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UT-Austin Public Interest Design Summer Program

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture–host of both the upcoming Public Interest Design Institute training program and Structures for Inclusion conference–has announced its second annual Public Interest Design (PID) Summer Program, scheduled to take place May 31-July 24, 2012. The two-part program involves an intensive research track that runs parallel with a(…)


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Yale to host next Public Interest Design Institute

The Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Conn., will host the third Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI) training program, to take place Friday and Saturday, January 13-14, 2012. Made possible by support from the Surdna Foundation and the The Architectural League of New York, this session will include speakers such as Beyond Shelter author(…)


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Video: Seth Welty, Enterprise Rose Fellow

The above video is part of an inspiring new series about various members of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, their hosts, and, most importantly, their clients. In their own words, these crucial voices build a compelling narrative for one of the longest-running and most robust post-graduate internship opportunities available to architecture school graduates. This particular(…)


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Architect Magazine Article on Humanitarian Design

The above is the introduction to an article on humanitarian design, “Making the Ideal More Real,” published this month in Architect Magazine. The views expressed above earn a quick and sharp rebuttal in the following paragraph from Emily Pilloton, founder of Project H Design, saying “Most critics who call humanitarian design the new imperialism haven’t(…)


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