Design Activism: A Dialogue on Protest, Policing, and Demanding the Future We Need

“On February 9, 2021, Niki Franco moderated a conversation with Ivy Climacosa, Dustin Gibson, Annika Hansteen-Izora, and Liz Ogbu around the new protest movements that have arisen in reaction to the ongoing scourge of police brutality in the United States. As designers and activists, the participants were invited to talk about their own creative practices,… Continue reading Design Activism: A Dialogue on Protest, Policing, and Demanding the Future We Need

Hamer center for Community Design at Penn State University

Hamer Center for Community Design at Penn State is a landscape architecture design center made possible by the Hamer Foundation. It is a collaboration with Penn State researchers and designers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups. One of the organizations values is a focus of socio-economic and environmentally conscious design and planning solutions. The… Continue reading Hamer center for Community Design at Penn State University

MASS Design Group

MASS Design Group is a team of architects, landscape architects, engineers, builders, furniture designers, writers, film makers, and researchers from across 20 countries. They advocate for justice and human dignity through research, building, and advocacy, primarily through architecture. Building for a climate positive future is one of their values. This includes the design of a… Continue reading MASS Design Group

Community-Driven Design for All: Interview with Barbara Brown Wilson

In this episode of Urban Resilience Project podcast, Barbara Brown discusses her book, Resilience for All: Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design, which addresses inequality and lack of representation. Barbara focuses on how community-driven design can allow access for those who are not normally included in the designing process to be on the designing table,… Continue reading Community-Driven Design for All: Interview with Barbara Brown Wilson

Design for Spatial Justice Podcast Series

Design for Spatial Justice Podcast Series discusses the School of Architecture and Environment and the fellowship, which brings together researchers, designers, and activists hoping to tackle different social and economic issues. Spatial Justice looks at how social justice is affected by geography and organization. The podcast explores this idea through projects happening all over the… Continue reading Design for Spatial Justice Podcast Series

SEED: Social Economic Environmental Design

SEED, Social Economic Environmental Design, takes the success of LEED and apply it to social and economic issues, as well as environmental problem. SEED focuses on the community’s need, its asset and people’s participation. The goal of the community becomes the goal of SEED. The thing that set SEED apart from LEED is the attention… Continue reading SEED: Social Economic Environmental Design

Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture Panel featuring Susan King

This episode of Advocacy, Activism, and Alliance in American Architecture panel features Susan King. Susan discusses her journey into Architecture as one of the few women in the field during the time it consisted mostly of male architects, and the moment that inspired her to advocate for activism in design. [youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyc-Z0Y8u3g”]

Teeter totters as activism: How the border wall became a playground

In this episode of the blog, UC Berkeley architect Ronald Rael tells the story of him and the seesaw. As he hobbled the bright pink seesaw to the us-mexico border wall, he wondered what he and his team would do next. He just wanted to create a moment where people on both sides felt connected.… Continue reading Teeter totters as activism: How the border wall became a playground

Social Design Insights

Social Design Insights is a weekly podcast produced by the Curry Stone Design Award. Each episode explores different ways in which guest designers deal with social justice issues through design projects. The guest designers come from different design departments and can have a deep understanding of the different branches of the field. [button url=”https://currystonefoundation.org/social-design-insights/” target=”blank”… Continue reading Social Design Insights

Indigenous technologies “could change the way we design cities” says environmentalist Julia Watson

In contrast to the idea that modern technology will save the day, indigenous technologies provide a brighter outlook. Indigenous technologies work symbiotically with nature. Unlike modern technologies that tend to go against nature, indigenious technologies seek to harmonize with it. In the face of growing cities and increasing environmental degradation, Julia Watson, who teaches urban… Continue reading Indigenous technologies “could change the way we design cities” says environmentalist Julia Watson

Design Justice: Colloquial Design for a Just City

Architect, Bryan Lee, found design justice and advocacy as a way to use architecture to create the biggest impact on communities. Bryan started his design company, Colloqate, to tell a story and acknowledge inequality to better design spaces that support racial, social and cultural equity. Their goal is to achieve justice through built environments. [youtube… Continue reading Design Justice: Colloquial Design for a Just City

Community Designer: Chelina Odbert

With a teaching background, Chelina Odbert sees the importance of good design. She has also realized the potential for design to be more accessible, and start tackling big social and economic issues, such as poverty, to achieve equitable communities. She and peers created KDI to help low income communities build long lasting equity in places… Continue reading Community Designer: Chelina Odbert

Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

Artist and activist Theaster Gates noticed many issues, such as neglected infrastructure and abandonment of buildings, in his neighborhood in Chicago. With his artistic background, Gates began to revive abandoned buildings into creative spaces and cultural hubs that people in the community can use. He explains his efforts to bridge the gap between artists, like… Continue reading Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

Chicago Expanding Architecture Conversations on Design as Activism

Metropolis magazine hosted a panel that explored the need to expand the field of architecture by including design as activism. More attention has turned to designing for sustainability, but there is still a lack of focus on designing for social and economic issues. The panel discussed a spectrum of social issues, such as affordable housing;… Continue reading Chicago Expanding Architecture Conversations on Design as Activism

Design Activism in Detroit

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is not content with the status quo when it comes to built environment professionals — especially architects. Based at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture since 1994, it sees the production of architecture as a political act, one that supports or disrupts the actions of individuals and… Continue reading Design Activism in Detroit

TEDxHunterCCS: Winston Dong – Design Is Activism

Winston Dong is the founding principal of a planning and design firm, Benchmark38. In this Tedx talk, Winston focused on how design in landscape architecture shapes our society and the way we interact with the public realm. A well designed public space allows for a place where people can work, play, and learn effectively. [youtube_advanced… Continue reading TEDxHunterCCS: Winston Dong – Design Is Activism

Social Justice and Activism in Design

With the help of ArchDaily in Santiago, Chile, assistant professor Shawhin Roudbari explores how architects and designers engage in a community and introduce political engagement in design on a global scale. The trip highlights the importance of cultural exchanges in the design and planning process, as well as in between design groups. [button url=”https://www.colorado.edu/envd/2017/03/24/social-justice-and-activism-design” target=”blank”… Continue reading Social Justice and Activism in Design

History and Traditions of Design Activism

This design panel includes Clare Cooper Marcus, Stanley Saitowitz, Michael Teitz and others discussing the historical and philosophical roots of Design activism. The panelists discuss the need for social conscience in planning, recognizing people who were revolutionary in the field in the 1950s, recognizing problems and confusion in design and planning, early projects and innovation… Continue reading History and Traditions of Design Activism

Social Design Insights

Social Design Insights is a weekly podcast produced by the Curry Stone Design Prize. Through conversation with leading designers, it provides insights into innovative projects and practices that use design to address pressing social justice issues. [button url=”https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvMjEwMzE0Ni9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk&ved=0CAYQ4aUDahcKEwiw05zqhezoAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=zh-CN” target=”blank” background=”#444444″]Listen Here[/button]

The Just City

This collection of essays honors the diverse perspectives of architects, mayors, artists, doctors, designers and scholars, philanthropists, ecologists, urban planners and community activists from 22 cities across five continents. The essayists were prompted to answer two questions: What would a just city look like and what could be the strategies to get there? Their writing… Continue reading The Just City