The 1%

“World’s 10 Most Innovative Architecture Firms”

Earlier this week, as part of its “Most Innovative Companies 2013,” Fast Company crowned “The World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.” Among them were the likes of Perkins+Will, well-known for its robust Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI), building on its pledge through The 1% pro bono program of Public Architecture. We were especially drawn to(…)


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"World's 10 Most Innovative Architecture Firms"

Earlier this week, as part of its “Most Innovative Companies 2013,” Fast Company crowned “The World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.” Among them were the likes of Perkins+Will, well-known for its robust Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI), building on its pledge through The 1% pro bono program of Public Architecture. We were especially drawn to(…)


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The 1% Pro Bono Design Survey

Public Architecture and researchers from Harvard Business School have released the results of its latest survey, now in its fourth iteration, of firms involved with The 1% pro bono design program. Over 200 respondents (from a pool of 906 firms at the time of administration) described the pro bono projects undertaken by their firms in(…)


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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,(…)


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ASID, Public Architecture Announce Partnership

Last week, Public Architecture announced a new partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), aimed to support pro bono service for nonprofits seeking interior design expertise. The partnership comes on the heals of Public Architecture’s partnership with the American Institute of Architects, profiled here previously. Both are embedded in The 1% pro bono(…)


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ScrapHouse-inspired Project in Seattle Opens

In 2005, Public Architecture and a ragtag group of partners designed and built ScrapHouse–a temporary demonstration home made of garbage. The house became a centerpiece of World Environment Day, to which San Francisco played host that year, and subsequently the subject of a National Geographic Channel documentary. In the wake of those festivities, dozens of(…)


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Public Architecture Releases New Case Study

Late last week, Public Architecture released the first in a series of new case studies, featuring projects by AIA members participating in The 1% pro bono design program. The subject of the first case study is the Hayes Valley Playground & Clubhouse in San Francisco, designed by WRNS Studio in partnership with The Trust for(…)


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Two new pro bono design resources introduced

Public Architecture yesterday announced two new resources related to its acclaimed pro bono service program, The 1%. Edited by program director Amy Ress and designed by Kay Cheng, the pair of resources include a Pro Bono Design Handbook for Nonprofits and a corresponding Pro Bono Design Handbook for Designers. Available for online viewing via Issuu.com,(…)


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Syvertsen details Cannon Design's service agenda

John Syvertsen, senior principal of Cannon Design and co-founder of the firm’s Open Hand Studio, took to the pages of DesignIntelligence to talk in great detail about the practice of socially responsible design. “In my 35 years of practice,” Syvertsen writes, “I have never seen such brilliant and positive energy as I have seen in(…)


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Syvertsen details Cannon Design’s service agenda

John Syvertsen, senior principal of Cannon Design and co-founder of the firm’s Open Hand Studio, took to the pages of DesignIntelligence to talk in great detail about the practice of socially responsible design. “In my 35 years of practice,” Syvertsen writes, “I have never seen such brilliant and positive energy as I have seen in(…)


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