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Artists For Humanity

September 11, 2017
Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self- sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Our mission is built on twin philosophies: Engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change, and creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people and their communities.

YLabs

August 25, 2017
OUR MISSION: Improve health and livelihoods among disadvantaged youth WHAT WE DO: YLabs designs programs that address the key health challenges facing disadvantaged youth (10-24 years). HOW: We help governments and local organizations design, evaluate and scale new ways to improve young people’s health and economic futures.

SFNOMA – NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MINORITY ARCHITECTS (BAY AREA)

August 8, 2017
WORK WITH US IN CIVIC CREATIVITY  Building on a deep legacy of community engagement, SFNOMA is your local design advocacy platform.  Member firms are civic creatives.  We work closely with communities and community leaders to develop experiences,... Read More

5th EARTH ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION: Designing a Rural Arts Center for Senegal

July 17, 2017
OBJECTIVE The objective is to design a modern mud type to be built as a unit of a residential vocational school for unemployed rural youths of ages 16 to 25 years to undergo a 2-year skills development training in the vocational arts and design. We want the school plan to emphasize sustainable architecture and cost efficient construction. Thus, we want the buildings to fully integrate earth architecture and passive solar design. The challenge is to design one of the following types for the school: a classroom type, cafeteria type, office building type, dormitory type, group toilet type, cafeteria type, dormitory type, dwelling type for the local teachers, and guest house type for our international visiting staff. Contestants are to design the school type for construction by maximum use of earth and local labor. Total costs of constructing the design entry is not to exceed $10,000 (USD) for materials and labor. The construction site will be Diakounda village in Sédhiou Region of the Casamance in Senegal. The jurors will use judging criteria involving form, function and technical issues to select three prize-winning designs. Specifically, the jurors will award prizes for first, second and third place consisting of a commemorative certificate and cash prizes to the winning designs as follows: 1st prize - $1,000 or construction of design in Senegal plus a trip to Senegal for a workshop to build the winning design (in case the winner does not reside in Senegal and to a maximum of 1 person); 2nd prize- Construction or $700 and 3rd prize- Construction or $400. Honorable mentions will be awarded. Every design team that makes the Top 40 Entries shortlist will be offered the opportunity to build their design in Senegal or Gambia in collaboration with the project organizers. The fee per entry is $40 for individual and $60 for a team for early registration (July 13-31) and standard registration (August 1-October 13) is $50 for individual and $70 for a team. Here is where to register: http://goo.gl/hSuuQO . For additional information, see the competition discussion board: http://nkaprojects.boards.net . Take the design-build challenge! Make your name known! Let’s create change where it is most needed. 

Call for Entries: 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

February 13, 2017
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries... Read More

Open Architecture Collaborative

July 6, 2016
The Open Architecture Collaborative is the platform for bringing together under resourced communities and architectural designers to actualize their full potential through positive action. The international network provides organizational support, individual trainings and resources, and a global network platform for community focused, volunteer design chapters.

University of San Francisco Architecture & Community Design

May 23, 2016
The contemporary metropolis and its relationship to peri-urban and rural settings are complex. Our department creates an environment where students engage with and learn from the city and surroundings through innovative architectural design and real world projects that make a significant difference in the lives of underserved communities. Architecture, urban design, city planning, and landscape design—our department delivers an interdisciplinary education inspired by design that does some good.​

bcworkshop

March 9, 2015
The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP brings thoughtful design to underprivileged communities throughout Texas. [bc]’s work focuses on informing, analyzing, mapping, activating, making and storytelling.

Center for Public Interest Design

March 8, 2015
The Center for Public Interest Design is a research + action center at Portland State University that aims to investigate, promote, and engage in inclusive design practices that address the needs of underserved communities worldwide through work that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all. Certificate: The CPID & Portland State offer a Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, designed as a means to prepare future leaders in architecture, urban planning, sustainability, community development and other fields to aid currently underserved populations through sustainable, human-centered design methods. The Certificate provides an educational foundation for entry into the emerging field of Public Interest Design, through academic studies and hands-on experience in the field, working directly with communities in need, addressing issues such as inadequate shelter, food and water scarcity, disaster preparedness and recovery, and economic well-being.

Design Trust for Public Space Fellowship

March 6, 2015
The Design Trust for Public Space creates high impact design throughout New York by fostering collaborations between city agencies, community organizations and individuals from the private sector.

Design Corps Fellowship

March 6, 2015
Design Corps focuses on historically underserved communities through advocacy, design and education. The Fellowship gives young designers the opportunity to explore PID and develop the necessary tools to excel in the field.

Center for Social Design

March 4, 2015
The Center for Design Practice (CDP) at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is an inter-disciplinary studio engaging students and outside partners in projects addressing specific social problems through collaborative, project-based learning. The CDP believes in a human-centered approach to problem solving focused on translating ideas into tangible outcomes with the goal of changing behaviors and making a positive impact on society.

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