The latest Social Design Circle honorees for the 2017 Curry Stone Design Prize
With so many designers who dedicate their work to tackling society's most pressing problems, it can be tricky to select only one winner for a top social impact award like the Curry Stone Design Prize. So for 2017, the Curry Stone Foundation decided to change things up a bit. Instead of awarding only one winner, they will announce a total of 100 Social Design Practices and/or Individuals as a member of the Social Design Circle, which acknowledges the most socially engaged practices.
Throughout the year, new members of the Social Design Circle will be announced every month in relation to the issue that the Curry Stone Design Prize is addressing for that particular month. For February, the topic is: “Is The Right To Housing Real?”Here are the latest Social Design Circle... View full entry
Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice?
In this New York Times interview with Ginia Bellafante, Jeanne Gang discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea... View full entry
Laka Competition 2016 is now accepting submissions!
Public arts initiative Laka Architektura has launched their second “Architecture that Reacts” competition! The ongoing theme intends to spark more interest in the investigation of adaptive and socially engaged architecture, for now and the future.Following a successful first run last year, the... View full entry
How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank
With the huge impact of mental disorders on people’s health and wellbeing, and the increased mental health risk of that comes simply from living in a city, you might think that mental health would be an urban health priority. In fact, few policies or recommendations for healthy urban environments address mental health in any depth.
Layla McCay, director of the recently launched Centre for Urban Design & Mental Health think tank, gives her two cents on the stigma that still overshadows mental health, both in urban design and current society.More on Archinect:Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for citiesJason... View full entry
Hello Wood to give 5,000 pieces of Christmas Charity Tree firewood to Budapest community
Getting caught up in holiday madness has become so normal that it's easy to forget that the holidays can act as a reminder that caring for each other -- no matter how simple the act -- can go a long way. Architecture firm Hello Wood, who built the 11-meter Christmas tree made out of 365 sleighs... View full entry
Editor's Picks #376
For the latest edition of The Deans List: Amelia Taylor-Hochberg interviewed Mark Wigley, former Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.Reflecting on the service-model of architecture he suggested "There will be the financial equivalent of... View full entry
Street Smart winning proposal revamps Bangalore, India with local perspective
There's nothing more reliable than a local's perspective when it comes to redesigning urban cities. Focusing on India's cityscapes, the Street Smart International Design Competition invited all design professionals to propose ready-to-build designs that reimagine Indian city streets based on the feedback and everyday experience of each city's urban dwellers.
Check out a part of the first-place proposal by Febin Frederick & Naveen Nair of A Cube Paradigms.See the entire proposal at Bustler. View full entry
The lovely heart of Hale County
André and Barbara weren't skeptical of the general notion of a catalyst for profound change. They just found Walmart a lot more convincing than design microenterprises...Maybe those of us interested in design as a spark for social change could use a reality check
— Fast Company
In the February 2014 issue Rob Walker reflects on the lessons of two trips taken to Hale County, Alabama. The piece questions the real, long-term effects of the architectural / social design efforts of groups like Auburn University's Rural Studio or the "design blitz" program... View full entry
Project winners announced for Public Interest Design Global
After tight competition and vigorous deliberation from the jury, six Project winners were selected for the Public Interest Design Global. The winners will present their projects and discuss social impact design at a public global convening at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris on April 18-19, 2014.
The six winners, announced by the Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Design Corps, and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network are: Umusozi Ukiza "Healing Hill" - Butaro Doctor Housing - Burera District, Rwanda (see cover image)Can City - Sao Paulo, Brazil TAEQ... View full entry
Perkins+Will Designs Mentoring Laboratories for Infinite Family
Perkins+Will has partnered with Infinite Family, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that helps children and teenagers from African communities virtually connect with mentors around the world and designed LaunchPad, a prototype computer lab where young people in Africa can communicate with mentors via face-to-face interaction thanks to high-speed and high-tech capabilities.
Dune X exhibition at the 18th Biennale of Sydney
Constructed on Sydney’s Harbour’s Cockatoo Island, the interactive 42 meter-long landscape installation, entitled Dune, is composed of hundreds of fibres that brighten according to human sounds in what Roosegaarde describes as “techno-poetry”.
Dune X is an interactive landscape of light for the 18th Biennale of Sydney that visibly reacts to the behavior of people that come into close proximity. Hundreds of sensors detect motion, and optical fibers dim and brighten in response to the movements of people passing by. Dune X is being... View full entry
Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Design
In the last decade, much has been written about architecture for the greater good, and it would seem that the field, as a whole, is invested in bringing design to underserved communities. Yet all of this talk — at conferences, in the press, at universities — has focused hardly at all on how to put together a career in social design.
— Places Journal
On Places, Virginia Tech graduate Will Holman gives an honest report of his experiences volunteering, studying and working at Arcosanti, Rural Studio, and Youth Build. Does the architecture profession need to do more to support young architects who take this path? View full entry
Social Skills: Interboro at P.S.1, a postscript
A recap of a recent community-facing installation at New York's P.S.1 explores the power of temporary design to create systemic change
Related:2011 PS1 Young Architects Program People's Choice AwardPS1 YAP 2011 Wrap-up View full entry