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PID Week

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From March 19-24, 2013, the University of Minnesota College of Design hosted a first-of-its-kind Public Interest Design Week, the headline event of which was the thirteenth international Structures for Inclusion conference. The week united an array of people and groups working at the intersection of design and service. Together, we reflected on the state of the public interest design field, imagined a vision for the future, and honed the skills needed to make that vision a reality.

 

Program

The above, interactive program detailed the many events and speakers that make up our first-ever Public Interest Design Week. In addition to details on the week, exactly half of the program was dedicated to sharing an array of resources about public interest design education programs, events, organizations, networks, awards, and much more. Much of this was compiled by Gilad Meron, while some of it draws on our 2012 research conducted for the University of Minnesota College of Design, which was published in conjunction with the March 2012Building for Social Change” issue of Architectural Record.

Click here for an expanded, interactive view of the Public Interest Design Week program, online at Issuu.com, or click here to download a standard PDF (2mb) of the program.

 

Photos

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A selection of our own John Cary‘s photos from the week are available for viewing and download here on Flickr.

 

Poster

There are a range of programs over the five days, some of which overlap. We recommend reviewing the following poster to understand the structure of the week before advancing to the schedule.

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As of March 21, 2013; subject to change.

Schedule

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013

9am-5pm
Shelter: connect
[Note: This event is at capacity, so no longer open for registration.]
During this highly-interactive, hands-on, two-day workshop, participants will develop and hone their media and storytelling skills–two historically underrepresented aspects of design education and training.

Instructors

Richard Neill, The Shelter Media Project

Lee Schneider, The Shelter Media Project

7:30-9:30pm
Film screening
EXTREME BY DESIGN, an hour-long documentary airing in primetime nationally on PBS in 2013, follows a band of Stanford d.school students from its Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course who design and build products to solve seemingly intractable problems for the world’s poor.

IF YOU BUILD IT, a 90-minute documentary premiering at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April, spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms. Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller of Project H Design, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in rural North Carolina.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

9am-5pm
Public Interest Design Institute
[Note: This event is at capacity, so no longer open for registration.]
During this two-day training program, participants will hear in-depth case studies and best practices from the six honoree teams of the 2013 Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Awards.

Facilitator

Bryan Bell, Design Corps

8-9am
Public Interest Design Institute Registration

9:30-10:15am
Lecture: Introduction to Public Interest Design

10:15–10:45am
Break

10:45am–12pm
SEED Award Case Presentation: SAGE Classroom

Presenter

Margarette Leite, SAGE: Smart Academic Green Environment

12-1:15pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:15–2:30pm
SEED Award Case Presentation: Firm Foundation: Participatory Design to Reduce Water-related Vulnerability in Banjarmasin, Indonesia

Presenters

Michael Haggerty, Alice Shay, & Stephen Kennedy, Solo Kota Kita

2:30–2:45pm
Break

2:45-4pm
SEED Award Case Presentation: Maa-bara

Presenters

Runo Okiomah, Maa-Bara

4–5pm
Case Presentation: Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Presenter

Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

12:30-4:30pm (Note: Updated time)
Affordable Housing Design Forum
Note: This event is at capacity and no longer available for registration.
This day-long symposium will unite leaders–both locally and nationally–in affordable housing design and community development, drawing on the participation of the Enterprise Rose Fellows.

Facilitator

Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners

5-6pm
Reception
Sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners

6-8pm
Public Interest Design Week Keynote by Michael Kimmelman
[Note: This event is at capacity, so no longer open for registration.]
From his debut article as architecture critic of The New York Times–a cover story profiling the Via Verde housing development in the South Bronx, no less–Michael Kimmelman has been an unwavering advocate for design that improves the human condition, in New York and well beyond. This is a unique opportunity to hear him speak.

Introductory Remarks

John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

Thomas Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design

Speaker

Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, The New York Times (New York, NY)

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

9am-5pm
Public Interest Design Institute, Day 2
[Note: This event is at capacity, so no longer open for registration.]
During the second day of this two-day training program, participants will once again hear in-depth case studies and best practices from the six honoree teams of the 2013 Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Awards.

9-9:30am
Introduction: The SEED Process

Presenter

Bryan Bell, Design Corps

9:30-10:45am
SEED Award Case Presentation: South Sudan Jalle Peace School

Presenter

Jill Kurtz, Rebuild Sudan

10:45-11am
Break

11am-12:15pm
SEED Award Case Presentation: The Rosa F Keller Building

Presenter

Nadine Maleh, Community Solutions

12:15–1:30pm
Lunch

1:30–2:45pm
Case Presentation: Migrant Housing

Presenter

Bryan Bell, Design CorpsDesign Corps

2:45–3pm
Break

3–3:30pm
Case Presentation: Careers of Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows

Presenter

Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners

3:30–4pm
Discussion

Facilitator

Bryan Bell, Design Corps

4–5pm
SEED Certification Exam

Administrator

Bryan Bell, Design Corps

1:30-3pm and 3:30-5pm
Go Local Workshops
[Note: This event is at capacity, so no longer open for registration.]
These two back-to-back workshops, led by Enterprise Rose Fellows, will offer national perspectives on local issues specific to the Twin Cities region.

5-7pm
Dinner on your own

7-9pm
Public Interest Design Week Keynote by Liz Ogbu
Drawing on her pioneering work with nonprofit Public Architecture to serving as a member of the inaugural class of IDEO.org fellows, Liz Ogbu will discuss how her extensive environmental design work and background has paved the way for her more recent foray into systems design.

Welcome Remarks

Thomas Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design

Introductory Remarks

John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

Speaker

Liz Ogbu, Scholar in Residence, CCA Center for Art & Public Life (San Francisco, CA)

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013

Structures for Inclusion 13
Now in its thirteenth year, the international Structures for Inclusion conference is one of the premiere gatherings of students, professionals, and funders working at the intersection of design and service. It’s a unique opportunity to hear a dozen and a half great speakers and presentations on projects and efforts designed to make the world a better, more beautiful, more just place. Accordingly, the theme of this year’s conference is “Dignifying Design.”

8-9am
Arrival, registration, and continental breakfast

9-9:20am
Welcome Session

Opening Remarks

Rep. Raymond Dehn, Minnesota House of Representatives

Thomas Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design

Bryan Bell, Founder & Executive Director, Design Corps

9:20-10:05am
SFI Opening Keynote
Acclaimed innovator and CEO of nonprofit product development company D-Rev: Design Revolution–just named one of “The 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World” by Fast Company–Krista Donaldson will provide unique insights into designing for people living on less than $4 a day.

Introduction

John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

Speaker

Krista Donaldson, PhD, CEO, D-Rev: Design Revolution

10:05-10:30am
Break

10:30-12:00pm
Panel 1: SEED Award Winners
The annual SEED Awards, selected by a distinguished jury, celebrate excellence in social, economic, and environmental design. This session will showcase this year’s three honorees working domestically, here in the U.S.

Introductory remarks

Thomas Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design (SEED Awards Jury Chair)

Projects to be presented

Puyallup Longhouse (Tacoma, WA)

Rosa F. Keller Building (New Orleans, LA)

SAGE: Affordable Green Modular Classrooms (Gervais, OR)

12:00-1:10pm
Lunch

1-1:15pm
Sponsor Remarks

Chee Pearlman, Curator, Curry Stone Design Prize (New York, NY)

1:15-2:45pm
Panel 2: SEED Award Winners
The SEED Awards celebrate excellence in social, economic, and environmental design. This session will showcase this year’s three honorees working internationally.

Projects to be presented

Firm Foundation (Kalimantan, Indonesia)

Maa-Bara (Nyanza, Kenya)

Sudan Jalle School (Sudan)

2:45-3:15pm
Break

3:15-4:30pm
Panel 3: Financing Public Interest Design
One of the foremost questions and challenges facing individuals and entities embarking on public interest design projects is funding. This highly-conversational panel will forgo typical PowerPoint presentations in favor of candid dialogue by a select group of funders.

Jennifer Hughes, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Eric Muschler, McKnight Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)

Kate Stohr, Architecture for Humanity (San Francisco, CA)

Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners (Boston, MA)

Moderated by John Cary

4:30-5:00pm
Break

5-6:15pm
SFI Closing Keynote by William Kamkwamba
A remarkable success story about the power of human ingenuity in the face of crippling odds, William Kamkwamba‘s talks will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual to change the world. Among other achievements, Kamkwamba is a best-selling author and TED speaker.

Introductory Remarks

John Cary, Chair, Public Interest Design Week

Speaker

William Kamkwamba, Inventor & Author, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

7-9:30pm
Party
The closing party for Public Interest Design Week 2013 will take place at the Weisman Art Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry, on the University of Minnesota campus.

Hosted by the Curry Stone Design Prize

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

10:30am-3:30pm
Iconathon
Symbols serve as some of the best tools to overcome many language and cultural communication barriers. The aim of Iconathon is to add to the public domain a set of graphic symbols that can be used to easily communicate concepts frequently needed in civic design. The symbols are generated in a day-long charrette by designers and non-designers working side-by-side.

Facilitators

Sofya Polyakov, The Noun Project

Edward Boatman, The Noun Project

9-10:30am
Structures for Inclusion Workshops

Workshop 1A: Human-Centered Design 101
Led by Liz Ogbu of CCA & Marika Shioiri-Clark of Soshl Studio

Workshop 1B: Introduction to the SEED Evaluator 3.0
Led by Lisa Abendroth of Metropolitan State University of Denver & Bryan Bell of Design Corps

10:30-11am
Break

11-12:30pm

Structures for Inclusion Workshops

Workshop 2A: Affordable Housing Finance
Led by Casius Pealer of Oyster Tree Consulting

Workshop 2B: Applying for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship
Led by Katie Swenson of Enterprise Community Partners

 

Sponsors

University of Minnesota College of Design

The McKnight Foundation

Surdna Foundation

Enterprise Community Partners

Autodesk

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Curry Stone Design Prize

J&J Invision

Reed Construction Data

Humanscale

 

Partners

University of Minnesota College of Design

PublicInterestDesign.org

Design Corps

SEED Network

Enterprise Community Partners

The Noun Project

Shelter Media Project

SPONSORS

PARTNERS