In early March of this year, ISU partnered with Design Corps to host the Public Interest Design Institute. This two day course offered in-depth methods based on the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) metric. This is just one of the many initiatives that the ISU Community Design Lab offers. Pioneered by architecture professor Nadia Anderson, she describes the Community Design Lab as the following:
“Partnership with communities is the foundation of what we do,” Anderson said. “While we bring professional expertise and research to the table, the local knowledge and decision-making provided by our community partners is essential.”
Some of their current projects include: design concepts for local retailers, planning projects with neighborhood development organizations, and affordable housing prototypes.
Click here to read an article on the past, present and future of the Community Design Lab on ISU’s website.