February 4, 2014
Resilient design was a hot topic in 2013 and continues to prevail for rightful reasons. As seen with extreme weather conditions–America’s polar and solar vortexes, as one example–and increasing documentation of the expected urban population of 5.1 billion by 2050, we are being reminded every day that the world is changing–fast. In 2012, the AIA launched the Decade of Design in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to “engage architecture schools and other stakeholders in research in a set of targeted areas to address problems facing, urban, suburban, and rural communities.” Last year three universities were awarded grants to research impacts of design on health and this year launches into the topic of resilient design. Submissions are now being accepted for university-led research on “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.
January 7, 2014
For PublicInterestDesign.org’s third annual year in review series, we were proud to partner with GOOD in chronicling initiatives shaping the field. This post looks back on the 10 predications we made at this time last year and provides updates on each of them. Tomorrow, we’ll present a 2013 recap of the other significant milestones this year that we did or could not predict. Finally, rounding out this special year-end series, we’ll share our predictions for 2014. And, as always, we’d love to hear about things we’ve missed.
Click here to read “A Look Back at our Public Interest Design Predictions for 2013,” online at GOOD.is.
September 25, 2013
This week, during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Autodesk–a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software–is proudly launching its Technology Impact program, providing software donations to select nonprofits that are directly employing design to create a better world. In just the first year alone, the program represents a major, $7.5 million commitment on the part of the company. Autodesk has long worked to share its software with entities imagining, designing, and creating a better world–ranging from nonprofits and schools to thousands of clean tech companies around the world. While some of those are investments in future business, this new program is strictly philanthropic in nature.
Autodesk will initially make two licenses, chosen from the company’s four most popular professional design software suites, available to 500 nonprofit organizations. The suites include Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate, and Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium. At this time the program is available in the United States and Canada only, but it is expected to scale globally in the coming months.
Click here to apply or for more information on the Autodesk Technology Impact software donation program, online at Autodesk.com.
July 24, 2013
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has announced “Mobilizing for Impact” as the theme of its 2013 CGI Annual Meeting, taking place September 23-26, 2013, in New York City. “Through a variety of sessions, leaders from across sectors will develop new ideas and partnerships, learn from their peers, and take action. Past CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 165 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media.”
CGI’s 2013 theme, “Mobilizing for Impact,” explores ways that CGI members and member organizations can be more effective in leveraging individuals, partner organizations, and key resources in their commitment efforts. Mobilizing the right entities–and allowing them to reach their full potential–creates lasting and scalable success. This builds on CGI’s 2012 theme, “Designing for Impact,” which encouraged the design of purposeful commitments from the outset.
Click here to learn more about the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting, online at ClintonGlobalInitiative.org.
February 14, 2013
We are honored to announce that Krista Donaldson, PhD, CEO of D-Rev: Design Revolution, will give the opening keynote address during the thirteenth international Structures for Inclusion conference. Donaldson will speak on Saturday morning, March 23, at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the University of Minnesota campus, as part of the inaugural Public Interest Design Week.
Krista Donaldson has driven innovation in product design, engineering, and international development for more than 15 years. As D-Rev’s CEO, Krista’s has led the release of Brilliance, a revolutionary technology treating neonatal jaundice, and the ReMotion prosthetic knee. Her leadership has won Krista acclaim as a Silicon Valley “40 Under 40” winner, a TEDx and Clinton Global Initiative speaker, and she was recently named to Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100. She is a 2010-2012 Rainer Arnhold Fellow and a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow.
Click here to register to see Krista Donaldson speak during the Public Interest Design Week headline event, Structures for Inclusion, online at PublicInterestDesign.org.
December 17, 2012
On Thursday of last week, we published the third and final in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, that being our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Initiatives to Watch in 2013.” Once again, the list looks beyond individual design projects and instead toward initiatives with far-reaching consequences for the field–and, in some cases, the world.
1. The NEA will publish its Social Impact Design White Paper
2. The Public Interest Design 100 infographic will go global
3. Big Future Group will take shape
4. The University of Minnesota will host Public Interest Design Week
5. IDEO.org Innovation Fund will take off
6. Design will become a Clinton Global Initiative hallmark
7. MASS Design Lab will break ground in Rwanda
8. Studio H, the film, will debut
9. Grantmakers in Design will unite design and philanthropy
10. The Catch-All of TBAs
Click here to read our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Initiatives to Watch in 2013,” online at Architizer.com.
December 14, 2012
On Wednesday, we published the second in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Milestones of 2012.” The list looks beyond individual design projects and instead toward initiatives with far-reaching consequences for the field—and, in some cases, the world.
1. Architectural Record Publishes “Building for Social Change” Issue
2. IDEO.org and Gates Foundation Launch HCD Connect
3. Design Corps Debuts the First Four of Six SEEDocs
4. U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale Showcases “Spontaneous Interventions
5. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Addresses “Designing for Impact”
6. “Public Interest Design” Exhibition Opens at the Autodesk Gallery
7. The Noun Project Launches New Website and Symbol Suites
8. The Gates Foundation Hosts Inaugural Toilet Festival
9. Grantmakers in Design Hosts Its Inaugural Meeting
10. Public Interest Design 100 Infographic Maps Movers & Shakers
Click here to read our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Milestones of 2012,” online at Architizer.com.
September 28, 2012
We round out this exciting week with something a little more playful, but not at all less important than the subjects discussed during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. “Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda,” a new campaign, was launched this week by 33 wide-ranging partners, from Nike to our friends at Architecture for Humanity.
This year, 5.3 million deaths will be attributed to physical inactivity. No one can fix this alone. We must align strategies & combine resources. The science is clear. The debate is over. Urgent priority must be given to dramatically increase the world’s commitment to physical activity. “Designed to Move” offers consensus on the path forward–a single vision: Future generations running, jumping, and kicking to reach their greatest potential. A new normal.
Click here here to learn more about Designed to Move, online at DesignedtoMove.org.
September 27, 2012
Continuing our follow-up coverage of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, we want to highlight another of approximately 150 “commitments.” This second is spearheaded by MASS Design Group, another one of the foremost leaders in the public interest design field.
MASS–in partnership with Shaw Contract Group–has committed to establishing a global innovation laboratory, called the MASS Design Lab (MDLab), to test, implement, and bring to market specific solutions that will effect systematic change in the built environment. With one hub in Kigali, Rwanda and one in the United States, MDLab will host immersive design and development teams comprised of fellows and mid- to post-career professionals from a range of disciplines in order to develop the necessary knowledge and ideas to address high impact topics. MDLab will then integrate this collective knowledge to identify new questions and opportunities, rapidly prototype ideas, and quickly bring new designs to market. The lab will not only provide a venue for re-thinking and re-designing the built environment, but it will also train entrepreneurs, inspire new educational programs, and foster the necessary R&D processes required for newly designed products to actually solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Click here to learn more about MASS Design Group’s 2012 CGI commitment for the MDLab, online at ClintonGlobalInitiative.org, or click here to read about MDLab, online at MASSDesignGroup.org. Caption: Photo of MASS Co-founder & Executive Director Michael Murphy announcing MDLab at CGI.
September 26, 2012
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting concluded yesterday afternoon, capping three days of unprecedented and wide-ranging discussion on the theme of “Designing for Impact” by some of the most powerful people in the world. At the heart of “CGI,” as it’s most commonly called, are commitments–made by NGOs, corporations, governments, and other entities. Among the approximately 150 new commitments made this year are a couple by two of the foremost leaders in the public interest design field, IDEO.org and MASS Design Group.
In 2012, through the establishment of a $1.5 million “innovation fund,” IDEO.org and the Wasserman Foundation are committing to support up to four innovative organizations and/or entrepreneurs a year, over a three year period, by directly providing them with catalytic design services in order for them to be more scalable and impactful. The basis of this effort is that design and innovation play a critical role in developing and accelerating solutions capable of having a significant and lasting impact on poverty. After an annual selection process conducted by IDEO.org, a full-time team of three multi-disciplinary designers will be deployed by IDEO.org to the selected organizations to help them overcome design challenges that are barriers to their scale and impact in the social sector.
Click here to learn more about IDEO.org and the Wasserman Foundation’s 2012 CGI commitment, online at ClintonGlobalInitiative.org, or click here to read IDEO.org’s announcement, online at IDEO.org. Caption: Photo of Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO and an IDEO.org board member) and Linda Tischler (Senior Editor of Fast Company Magazine) in their CGI kickoff conversation.