December 30, 2011
Today and tomorrow are the last two days of 2011, and thereby the last two days to make 100% tax-deductible donations to nonprofit organizations. Ten high-achieving, high-impact nonprofits are profiled in our special “Give the Gift of Design” piece, co-published with Design Observer, while several more have been profiled here at PublicInterestDesign.org in recent days.
Click here to read our holiday giving guide, co-published with Design Observer, or click here to read our recent profiles here at PublicInterestDesign.org; all of the above allow for quick and easy online donations. Additional worthy beneficiaries can be found here in our expanded list of design nonprofits–and also in our Top 10 of 2011 and Top 10 of 2012 lists on Archinect.
December 23, 2011
The following is the introduction to a piece written by John Cary for Archinect, published earlier today. It is titled and thus profiles the “Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011–for the public good.”
‘Tis the season for gift guides, year-end donation appeals, and lots and lots of lists. Among others, we saw a few standout designers among Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list earlier this week, and it’s hard to disagree with most of Alissa Walker’s picks in her annual GOOD design year-in-review list, which is always worth a read. The following list, by contrast, favors people, places, and projects that advance the notion of design for the public good. It profiles built projects, new sources of funding, powerful public voices, nonprofit start-ups, and web-based ventures. Lists like this are never comprehensive; this one, for its part, seeks to showcase how design can and is making the world a better place, if not directly transforming people’s experiences and lives. Looking forward, tune in to Archinect for a companion list of the “Top 10 Design Initiatives Worth Watching in 2012,” due out next week.
Click here to read the “Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011″ at Archinect.com.
November 25, 2011
In it, Bell endorses the notion that “the 99% should have representative voice in the decisions made for this country,” explaining, “I feel aligned with their message and ours; we support their message and their tactics 100%.” Bell goes on to write that “As designers, we should respect the rights of the 99% to gather in public spaces. As Americans, we should respect the rights of the 99% to free speech.”
Click here to read Bryan Bell’s open letter to #OWS on Archinect.com. Credit: The graphic above is excerpted from an Occupy Berkeley poster, created by Sally H. and posted at Occuprint, profiled here previously.
August 16, 2011
In January 2011, the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Partners In Health (PIH) opened the 140-bed Butaro Hospital in the Burera District of Rwanda. Burera District, which has a population of over 340,000, has historically had very poor health indicators compared to other areas of Rwanda and is one of the most impoverished districts in the country. Prior to PIH’s arrival in 2007, Burera was one of the last two districts in the country without a functioning district hospital and was without a single doctor. MASS Design Group was brought in by PIH in 2008 to help plan and design a first-rate facility that would help reverse these conditions.
In the design of the hospital, MASS Design Group and PIH sought to create a more holistic model of architecture that included the design of an appropriate, state of the art hospital while also fully choreographing the process of construction to employ, educate and empower the local community.
The image above and more than a dozen others (which can be viewed as a fullscreen slideshow on the Archinect site) were shot by photographer Iwan Baan. Baan’s photos originally appeared in the July issue of Domus.
July 29, 2011
The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP), a “nonprofit architecture and community design/build resource” based in Dallas, has announced a search for three positions–Assistant Director, Project Leader, and Community Design Fellow. The latter two, both design and planning positions focused on the Lower Rio Grande Valley, will be based in Brownsville, Texas, a roughly nine-hour drive south of Dallas.
Founded by architect Brent Brown, bcWORKSHOP works “to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. It seeks to enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to communities in the greater Dallas area where resources are most scarce.”