March 10, 2014
Submissions to the AIA’s Decade of Design research grant on resilient design is due this Saturday, March 15, 2014. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, a total of $40,000 in funding is open to university-led teams “providing evidence for the impact of materials and design features that can make buildings and communities more resilient to disaster.”
The next generation of buildings and infrastructure must be designed for resilience, remaining habitable during extreme events. This challenge hopes to identify innovative ways to advance the standard of practice in architecture and planning in the topic of resilient design. This area of research will advance the body of real-world, implementable solutions to promote resilient design and reduce risk to buildings and communities.
Click here to read more and submit your research proposal on resilient design by March 15, 2014, online at ACSA-Arch.org.
March 7, 2014
Tomorrow–Saturday, March 8th–marks the 39th annual International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is “Inspiring Change.” To celebrate this important day, MASS Design Group is showcasing master mason Anne-Marie Nyiranshimiyimana in the video “Kankwanzi [Beyond the Building]”. In it, Anne-Marie (whose nickname is Kankwanzi) explains her experience on how she became one of the only female masons in her region of Rwanda–a perfect example of “Inspiring Change.”
They told me, “No woman builds. No woman climbs.” They told me women can’t do a lot of things. They harassed me… They hear where I am, they come to work with Kankwanzi… What made me continue to like it is it dignified me.
Click here to watch MASS’s “Kankwanzi [Beyond the Building],” online at Vimeo.com.
March 6, 2014
The Architectural Review recently published a “30 under 30” list of projects, all by architects under 30 years old, that “challenge the tired stereotype of architecture as an old man’s game.” We were elated to see nearly a third of the projects represent humanitarian work being done with communities around the globe. A few of the architects featured in the list are: Norwegian TYIN Tegnestue; British Studio Weave; South African 1:1 Agency of Engagement; and Scottish Orkidstudio.
The 30 architects presented here, all aged 30 or under and from around the globe, are changing the way we view the profession while at the same time giving a glimpse at what the future generation of architects may have in store.
Click here to read “30 Under 30,” online at Architectural-Review.com.
March 6, 2014
Our Founding Editor and Autodesk Foundation Curator John Cary shared an in depth look at the culmination of activities that have led up to the foundation’s launch in the feature article “The Rise of Design Philanthropy” on Stanford Social Innovation Review. Cary walks through pivotal historical events in public design–including the National Endowment for Arts launch in 1964 and IDEO coining and spreading ‘human-centered design’–that have illuminated the gap that the Autodesk Foundation plans to fill. He explains:
What we see in the Autodesk Foundation, however, is a critical next step of recognizing design as a crucial ingredient and unmatched tool in a spectrum of social change work. Just as IDEO gave the sector contagious language for design, the Autodesk Foundation is poised to infuse much-needed financial support.
Click here to read “The Rise of Design Philanthropy,” online at SSIReview.org.
Image source: Esther Havens for The Adventure Project
March 5, 2014
The University of Texas School of Architecture’s Center for Sustainable Development has created this survey on community-engaged design diversity and leadership that needs your input. Responses to the survey will contribute to the CSD’s effort to “understand what community-engaged design means in the context of practice, who the current leaders are, and future trends in the field.” Along with Designmatters’ survey last week, it’s been encouraging to see the amount of research and data collection going into the burgeoning field of design for impact. We eagerly anticipate the outcomes of both surveys.
We are asking community-engaged design practitioners to help us gain a clearer picture of leadership in the field. We are curious about who is practicing community-engaged design and how new leaders emerge from within the profession and in the communities served by these practices.
Click here to participate in the Community Engaged Design Diversity Leadership Survey by March 19, 2014, online at TinyURL.com/CED-leadership-survey.
March 5, 2014
The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is seeking an Assistant Professor with specific expertise in public interest design and sustainability. Along with teaching courses, an exciting responsibility entails developing a new Action Learning Program with the Institute for Sustainable Maryland–a program that “combines student ingenuity and faculty expertise to address the many challenges facing Maryland’s communities.” Applications are due Friday, March 14, 2014.
The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to provide innovative action learning instruction through engagement of communities in the State of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region. The candidate should possess strong architectural and urban design skills, credentials in sustainable design, and demonstrate the requisite entrepreneurial skills necessary for work in this arena.
Click here read more and apply for the Assistant Professor position, online at eJobs.UMD.edu.
March 5, 2014
As the ArtPlace America Grantee Summit comes to a close today, the nonprofit announced a collection of an impressive 97 projects selected as finalists for the 2014 grant cycle. ArtPlace received 1270 letters of inquiry this year proposed for communities of all sizes across the country–25% rural, 5% suburban, and 70% urban–and 78% of the final projects have never before been an ArtPlace finalist. From the Willoughby Arts Complex in Juneau, Alaska, to the Grenada Street Folk Garden in Jackson, Mississippi, to the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises in Star, North Carolina, the list is brimming with ingenuity, creativity, and ambition across the country. It’s truly worth a peruse to find out about creative placemaking projects.
ArtPlace America is a collaboration among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking. Toward this end, ArtPlace has invested in projects in which artists and arts organizations play an explicit and central role in strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.
Click here to read the full list of the 97 ArtPlace finalists, online at ArtPlaceAmerica.org.
March 4, 2014
Behind our colorful new logo and website facelifts is a huge announcement: the launch of the new Autodesk Foundation–the first foundation focused explicitly on people and organizations using design for impact. Having been acquired by Autodesk, Inc. last year, PublicInterestDesign.org is proud to be a part of it. As a communications arm of the foundation, we’re being supported to generate more original content, infographics, and media channels to complement our popular posts on current news, opportunities, and happenings in the field. We can’t wait for our readers to see what’s in store. Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2014
Tulane City Center–the university-based community design center renowned for work in New Orleans–is looking for an Assistant Director to join their team in June. Responsibilities include managing current project streams, forging new project paths, and continuing to work with local and national funders. If you’re interested in community engagement, development, and design, visit the Tulane Job Board and search for keyword “IRC2771” to read more about the position. Applications close on March 30, 2014, with plans for the new Assistant Director to begin June 1, 2014.
If you are an organized, motivated person who enjoys collaboration, believes in the positive impact of good design in communities, and think you might enjoy celebrating projects (and life) in New Orleans, then we want to hear from you.
Click here to apply for the Tulane City Center Assistant Director position, online at Tulane.edu/Jobs.
March 4, 2014
The 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize was bestowed upon A Behaviour Changing (ABC) Syringe during the World Design Capital International Gala in Cape Town, South Africa this past Friday. The jury recognized Dr. David Swann and his team from the University of Huddersfield for the syringe label design to “combat the reuse of disposable syringes within a curative context for low resource settings” and to “make invisible risk, visible.” Dr. Brandon Glien, president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, noted during his address at the Gala:
By recognising projects such as the ones submitted for the World Design Impact Prize, Icsid can promote the ever expanding field of industrial design, which drives such recent practices as social entrepreneurship, micro financing and humanitarian design, as well as showcases the value of the design and its impact on systems and experiences.
Click here to read more about the WDIP Prize Winner ABC Syringe, online at Icsid.org.