March 11, 2014
Rebuild Global–a nonprofit providing design and construction resources in scarce, untapped areas–has announced three exciting opportunities for students and professionals to participate in their Global Assistance Program. The program offers participants “a unique opportunity to travel overseas and collaborate on projects that address issues such as health, education, housing, food, water, and sanitation.” Projects this year will take place in West Africa, Guatemala, and India. Registration for teams (including student and professional groups) is due April 30, 2014, to participate in the 8-week summer program in Gambia, beginning June 15th. Note: fees for travel and expenses apply.
Rebuild Global realizes the power and benefit that design can have on struggling communities, whether it is a small remote village in an impoverished nation or low-income community in the United States. Design ensures that simple structures do more than just provide shelter.
Click here to read more and register for the Global Assistance Program, online at RebuildGlobal.org.
March 11, 2014
Around 20,000 architects will descend on Chicago this June for the annual AIA Convention. We were encouraged to see the theme of ‘Design with Purpose’ influencing the content for the 3-day event. With statements like “as architects, we are inspired by purpose—a sense of meaning, aesthetic, sustainability, and function,” we hope the seminars, panels, tours, and discussions bring new insights and inspirations for attendees–and perhaps a sense of ‘design for impact.’
2014 sets a new standard for the AIA National Convention. This will be the most inspiring, engaging, and thought-provoking annual event ever presented by the AIA. Leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture will share their insights on the opportunities, challenges, and possibilities that we face as a profession and as professionals.
Click here to learn more about the AIA Convention 2014 ‘Design with Purpose,’ online at Convention.AIA.org.
March 11, 2014
The National Endowment for the Art’s Design Programs office, led by Director Jason Schupbach, are convening panels of leading international practitioners to present case studies and provide insights on successful design models from around the globe. Entitled ‘Learning from Abroad,’ the webinar series comprises three discussions, each lasting one hour with presentations by experts and a Q&A session with audience members. The schedule to tune into the live broadcast is:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EDT
Finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize – How Did They Do It?
Moderated by Mariam Masud, Icsid, in discussion with Anton Ljunggren, Biolite HomeStove; Johan Karlsson, Refugee Housing Unit; and Dr. David Swann, ABC Syringe.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EDT
When Government Meets Design
Moderated by Camilla Buchanan, Design Council UK, in discussion with Beatrice Andrews, UK Cabinet Office’s Open Policy Making Team; Chelsea Maudlin, Public Policy Lab; and Abby Wilson, The Lab @ Office of Personnel Management.
Click here to read more and register for NEA’s ‘Learning from Abroad’ webinar series, online at Arts.Gov.
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.