The Good List

ArchRecord: Univ. Humanitarian Design Programs

There are estimated to be over 100 community design programs in universities across the country, a great many of which maintain active design/build components or full-blown community design centers. The fourth of seven sections of “The Good List,” published by Architectural Record, profiles a few standout programs. Each is recognized nationally and distinguished for their commitment to good design and unique models of community engagement.

University-based programs profiled include the Portland State University / University of Texas at Austin Building Sustainable Communities (BaSiC) Initiative, The Building Project at Yale University, The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit-Mercy, the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) also at Mississippi State University, The Rural Studio at Auburn University, Studio 804 at the University of Kansas, the Tulane City Center at Tulane University, and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

Click here to read “The Good List” in its entirety. Caption: Photo of the Lion’s Park Playscape, a Rural Studio thesis project, in Greensboro, Ala., featured here in this month’s Architectural Record.

ArchRecord: Humanitarian Design Networks

Our coverage of Architectural Record magazine’s “Building for Social Change” issue continues with another excerpt from “The Good List.” Today, we look at ten humanitarian design networks, six of which appear in the actual piece, while two others are profiled in other sections of the bigger list, and another student-focused efforts fell outside the scope of our coverage. The eleven, in all, include affinity, membership, and pledge-based networks specifically focused on design for the public good.

The first six include Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), the Association for Community Design, Designers Accord, AIGA‘s Design for Good campaign, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum‘s “Design Other 90 Network,” and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network. Two others, profiled elsewhere, include Architecture for Humanity‘s Open Architecture Network (in the process of being rebranded as Worldchanging) and The 1% pro bono service program of Public Architecture. Three other networks, outside the scope of our coverage, include the campus-based Design for America, the DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, and the Freedom by Design program of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

Click here to read our humanitarian design networks excerpt from “The Good List,” part of Architectural Record’s “Building for Social Change” issue.