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June 4, 2014

Autodesk Tech Impact Recipient: Build Change

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During the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Autodesk launched the Technology Impact Program to provide the latest professional software to 500 nonprofit organizations–a commitment worth an outstanding $7.5 million. The program has delivered software suites, including Building Design Suite Premium, Product Design Suite Premium, Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, and Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate, to over 200 nonprofits thus far and has under 300 still available. Along with program recipients MASS, D-Rev, and KickStart, the disaster relief housing nonprofit Build Change has benefited from the Technology Impact Program.

Founded in 2004, Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries while simultaneously training builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them. The organization is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and works with communities affected by earthquakes and hurricanes in China, Colombia, Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In the ten years of operation, Build Change has built over 19,000 safer homes and empowered nearly 9,000 homeowners–and is still counting. As seen in their extensive Technical Resources library, having access to quality software significantly helps in communicating how to build safer homes in vulnerable areas of the world.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Autodesk Technology Impact Program, online at Autodesk.com.

March 10, 2014

Reminder: Decade of Design Proposals Due 3/15

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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.

February 4, 2014

Decade of Design: Call for Proposals on Resiliency

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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

GOOD: A Look Back at Our Predictions for 2013

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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.

1. The NEA Published its Social Impact Design White Paper

2. The Public Interest Design 100 Infographic Went Global

3. Big Future Group took shape

4. The University of Minnesota Hosted Public Interest Design Week

5. IDEO.org Innovation Fund Took Off

6. Design is Solidified as a Hallmark of the Clinton Global Initiative

7. MASS Design Lab is up and running

8. If You Build It, a Film on Studio H, Debuted

9. Grantmakers in Design Lost Steam, but is Poised for a Rebound

10. The Catch-All of TBAs

Click here to read “A Look Back at our Public Interest Design Predictions for 2013,” online at GOOD.is.

September 25, 2013

Autodesk Launches Software Donation Program

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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

2013 CGI Annual Meeting: Mobilizing for Impact

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

D-Rev’s Krista Donaldson to Speak at SFI13

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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

Architizer: Top 10 PID Initiatives to Watch in 2013

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

Architizer: 2012 Top 10 PID Milestones

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

“Designed to Move” launched by AFH, Nike, et al

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.

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