December 13, 2012
On Tuesday, we published the first in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our 2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review. The history is that a year ago, Archinect published our “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012–For The Public Good.” Here we are, a year later and wiser, to take a quick look back.
1. The TED Prize was awarded to “The City 2.0”
2. Design for America has, indeed, spread its wings
3. The Public Interest Design Institute hit the road
4. The 1% program eclipsed 1,000 firms
5. The Intern Development Program 2.0 took effect
6. Design Like You Give a Damn 2 hit the shelves
7. Studio H, the documentary, due out in 2013
8. Archiculture film in production
9. U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showcased “Spontaneous Interventions”
10. Public Policy Lab took shape
Bonus: Rounding up to 12, one public interest media site reboots, while another waits.
Click here to read our “2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review,” online at Architizer.com.
December 28, 2011
Last week’s Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011, published at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from IDEO.org and Mass Design Group to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future–though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.
Initiatives profiled among the Top 10 of 2012 include: the TED Prize (being conferred on “The City 2.0″), Design for America, Bryan Bell’s Public Interest Design Institute training program, The 1% program of Public Architecture, Version 2.0 of NCARB’s Intern Development Program, Design Like You Give a Damn 2, Studio-H (the documentary), Archiculture (the film), “Spontaneous Interventions” at the Venice Biennale, and Public Policy Lab, as well as Worldchanging and Next America City as bonuses.
Click here to read the “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012″ on Archinect.
November 10, 2011
As profiled here previously, Georgia Bizios & Katie Wakeford of North Carolina State University College of Design have assembled a landmark anthology looking at the state of public-interest architectural internships, in the context of NCARB‘s 35-year old Intern Development Program. PublicInterestDesign.org‘s own John Cary reviewed the book for Metropolis Magazine today, concluding with the statement that:
Bridging the Gap is a must-read for state legislators and licensing board leaders charged with acting on behalf of the public, but also for the leaders of the architecture establishment that blindly support NCARB’s policies, rather than leading the profession in service of the public. The good news is that a more contributive post-graduate experience is achievable, through public-interest internships like those profiled in Bizios and Wakeford’s book. We owe it to the public, the profession, and the next generation of architects to immediately reform the organization and program limiting and discouraging this vitally important work.
November 10, 2011
With the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) hyping the first major update to its Intern Development Program in 35 years, PublicInterestDesign.org‘s own John Cary takes the organization and program to task. He asks, “Rather than developing interns, as its name implies, what if the program were truly geared toward developing architects, and ideally those prepared to serve society?”
Imagine if graduates didn’t have to decide between devoting their formative years to serving the public, for example, and obtaining their license. Virtually every leader of the growing public-interest design movement made that difficult choice, and the public is better off for it, but the profession is missing out–disassociated from their extraordinary work. Further broadening the settings recognized as suitable experiences is a necessary first step.
Click here to read the complete article.