September 9, 2013
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) last week announced the co-recipients of its $1,000,000 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The five winners were selected from 20 finalist projects across 16 countries. Among the winners are at least two expressly public interest design projects, one being the Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre in Palestine by the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation (winner of the 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize); a second such project is the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan, completed in 2010 by Studio Tamassociati, based in Venice, Italy. That center is pictured above and described as follows:
The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, which consists of a hospital with 63 beds, serves over 50,000 patients per year, drawing from a catchment area in eastern Africa of over 300 million people. The welcoming architecture “provides an exemplary prototype for the region as well as for the field”, remarked the Master Jury in their citation. The Centre meets the high technical demands of a hospital with complex functions, including three operating theatres, while providing a number of eco-friendly solutions to common problems. Mixed modes of ventilation and natural light enable all spaces to be homely and intimate. In addition to solar panels and special insulation techniques, the architects have reused 90 six- metre (20-foot) containers that had been discarded after being used to transport construction materials for the Centre.
Click here to learn more about the recipients of the 2013 Aga Khan Award, online at AKDN.org. Caption: Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery cafeteria terrace, comprised of shipping containers; photo by Raul Pantaleo.
September 6, 2013
In anticipation of its 15th anniversary, Architecture for Humanity yesterday announced several major changes to its longtime leadership team. Co-founder Kate Stohr, who recently transitioned from Managing Director to a board advisor, will leave the organization later this month on September 30, while Co-founder & Executive Director Cameron Sinclair will transition out on April 6, 2014, the organization’s actual anniversary date. The AfH board has initiated an international search for Sinclair’s successor, while the organization has also kicked off a $1.5 million “Founders Fund” and released a five-year strategic plan. According to AfH board chair Matt Charney:
“Kate and Cameron’s vision and years of dedication and hard work leaves the organization in a solid place to continue its leadership role in using architecture to solve humanitarian problems. They have built a world-class team of staff and volunteers committed to improving communities–both around the globe and in the U.S. I speak for the entire Board of Directors when I say we are extremely excited by the possibilities in front of us.”
Click here to read more about these recent developments at Architecture for Humanity, online at ArchitectureforHumanity.org.
September 6, 2013
Sappi‘s Ideas the Matter program yesterday announced the recipients of its 2013 and 14th annual grants program “aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects for charitable causes.” The program has awarded over $12 million, via up to $50,000 grants, worldwide since its inception in 1999. Among this year’s 11 North American recipients, we want to specifically call out and congratulate our friends Nyaya Health, the Neighborhood Design Center of Baltimore, and The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP).
This year’s winning projects reflect the on-going commitment in the design community to utilize design in combination with innovative thinking to solve social problems. Grantees submitted outstanding proposals outlining their ideas, creative execution and their unique ability to instill positive social, cultural, or environmental change.
Click here to learn more about the 2013 recipients of Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program, online at Sappi.com.
September 5, 2013
Krista Donaldson, CEO of D-Rev: Design Revolution–one of 36 entities introduced late last month as a “Technology Pioneer” by a little entity called the World Economic Forum (WEF)–took to the pages of WEF’s website to offer up her thoughts and experiences on “Building Better Healthcare from the Bottom Up.” Donaldson’s increasingly shared belief that “The market is often a better barometer of the success of well meaning efforts,” has multiple meanings. It speaks to both the economics around design projects, but also the way crucial insights are sourced from people in the field, leading to greater adoption. Both are fundamental understandings often forgotten in the design process.
The need for user-centric, or “bottom-up,” approaches in addressing sticky health issues is critical. Too often, health problems are prioritized using only data, and innovations are developed without user engagement. User-centric design can be messy and time-consuming if you are used to working in an office. Understanding users means being in hospitals, in clinics, in delivery rooms, and understanding markets, day-to-day operations, motivations and constraints. But at the same time, almost all of the medical professionals that I’ve met are passionate about their work and have no trouble articulating their needs.
Click here to read “Building Better Healthcare from the Bottom Up,” online at ForumBlog.org.
September 4, 2013
Art Center College of Design yesterday launched a dedicated website for its LEAP Symposium, taking place later this month, September 19-21, in Pasadena, Calif. Addressing the theme of “The New Professional Frontier in Design for Social Innovation,” LEAP will unite an impressive list of “100 national thought leaders, educators, designers and practitioners from business, international development, and social enterprise to address the emerging career pathways for designers in the social innovation space.”
LEAP intentionally focuses on new and meaningful professional pathways that are being shaped chiefly by organizations, institutions, companies and individuals based in the US. This emphasis reflects the pool of participants convened: their circles of influence and activity include the regional, national and global, but everyone is also firmly grounded within the context of opportunities and limitations arising in our current national economy.
Click here to learn more about the LEAP Symposium, online at LEAPSymposium.org.
September 3, 2013
Following-up on last week’s posts (here and here) about the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award ceremony, which took place Thursday night at Kulturværftet in Helsingør, the above video provides 60 minutes of footage of the event. Additionally, this Friday, September 6, CNN International will broadcasting a corresponding special about Design to Improve Life.
Click here to watch the video footage of the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award ceremony, online at Vimeo.com.
August 30, 2013
Last night, at a ceremony in Copenhagen–which drew 1,500 guests from around the world and was televised live in Denmark for the first time–the 2013 INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards were conferred on an array of projects in the public interest. Five winning projects across five categories–Body, Community, Home, Play, and Work, representing the primary aspects of life–were each awarded a €100,000 prize. The €500,000 total purse of the INDEX: Award makes it the largest design prize in the world.
FreshPaper: a revolutionary and simple sheet of paper keeping produce fresh 4 times longer.
The Natalie Collection: a trio of birth simulating devices preventing child and maternal death.
Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan: the Danish capital’s pioneering plan addressing climate change.
Raspberry Pi: a $25 computer aiming to digitalize the whole world.
Click here to read the initial recap of the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award ceremony and results, online at DesigntoImproveLife.dk.
August 29, 2013
The global Core77 Design Awards have grown to include 17 categories, ranging from DIY and Educational Initiatives, to Speculative and Interaction. This year’s winners in each category added something to the world, but we’re naturally most taken with the Social Impact category honorees. They represent “Projects specifically designed to directly benefit social, humanitarian, community or environmental causes.” This year’s jury included Heinrich Wolff, Y. Tsai, Porky Hefer, and Ravi Naidoo (regrettably not a single woman on the jury).
The BioLite HomeStove was recognized as the Social Impact Professional Winner, while Kulinda, an illustrated guide protecting against HIV transmission in breastfeeding, by Emily Riggs, was the Social Impact Student Winner. Nine additional projects were called out as runners-up or notable, including apps, wheelchairs, and a sanitation program, among others.
August 28, 2013
Update: HEROBike exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $40,000 with 20 hours to go. Congratulations to everyone involved.
HEROBike‘s Kickstarter campaign for its innovative bamboo frame “Semester Bicycle,” officially ends tomorrow morning, August 29, around 9am ET. Profiled here previously and the subject of extensive press, the campaign and bike are helping to bring jobs to the Alabama Black Belt town of Greensboro. With 152 backers and $37,000 in pledges, as of this writing, HEROBike is well within striking distance, just a few thousand dolloars shy of its $40,000 goal.
Click here to learn more about or back HEROBike’s Kickstarter campaign, online at Kickstarter.com.
August 27, 2013
On Wednesday, October 2, Fast Company will host its annual Innovation By Design Conference in New York City. It’s premised on Tom Watson‘s belief that “Good design is good business.” The event–uniting speakers from Yves Behar of fuseproject to Linda Tischler of Fast Company and Jake Barton of Local Projects, among many others–will culminate in an evening celebration for the 2013 Innovation By Design Awards finalists and winners. Registration for the event and gala is $595, now through August 30.
Innovation By Design will bring the world’s best designers and design-minded business leaders together to practically consider The Business Impact of Good Design. Expect highly visual presentations, smart dialogue, and an engaging setting–all intended to elevate and amplify your creative vision.
Click here for more information on the 2013 Innovation By Design conference and awards, online at FastCoDesign.com.