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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

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

[AUTONOMA] International Conference on Urban Autonomy and the Collective City

May 18, 2016
[AUTONOMA] is an initiative undertaken by a group of Onassis Foundation Scholars, and independent researchers, who joined their academic and professional background in Urban Design, Sustainability, Geography, and Urban Sociology to reflect on the vision of the collective city. [Speakers] Pier Vittorio Aureli /// Rafi Segal /// Cameron Tonkinwise /// Doina Petrescu /// Constantin Petcu /// Erik Swyngedouw /// Maria Kaika /// Stavros Stavridis /// Miguel Robles Duran /// Ethel Baraona Pohl /// Cesar Reyes Najera /// Nikos Belavilas /// Nikos Anastasopoulos ///Leopold Lambert


May 10, 2016
KTK-BELT Project is a platform for farmers, teachers, designers and environmentalists working together to build community-based biodiversity conservation land trust for the eastern region of Nepal. Leader / Director: Priyanka Bista


March 9, 2015
Archeworks uses public interest design education to build more sustainable and equitable communities regardless of the community’s resources. Their programs and workshops equip designers with the skills and tools necessary to work with communities most in need of high impact design.

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.

Studio Swine

March 4, 2015
Central to Studio Swine's practice is the notion of place-making and research led design that is the product of a region, its culture, crafts and resources.

Certificate program

March 4, 2015
Archeworks is a one-year Sustainable Design certification program that works to teach multidisciplany approaches to design issues through real partnerships.

Cornell University Sustainable Design

March 4, 2015
Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) hopes to achieve social, economical and environmental sustainable through local and worldwide projects. Each project is unique and designed to sustain the local environment and fit the needs of the users.

Penn Institute for Urban Research

March 4, 2015
Penn Institute for Urban Research focuses on research that informs the sustainable and inclusive twenty-first-century city. By providing a forum for collaborative scholarship and instruction at Penn and beyond, Penn IUR stimulates research and engages with urban practitioners and policymakers to inform urban policy.

Center for Land Use Interpretation Residence Program

March 4, 2015
The Center for Land Use Interpretation uses publications, tours and research resources to encourage a deeper understanding of land use politics and to foster diverse perspectives on the contemporary landscape. The CLUI Wendover Residence Program gives artists, researchers, theorists and individuals interested in land use the opportunity to engage in a unique landscape and to create meaningful and creative ideas that can inform the global discussion of landscapes.

Summer of Solutions

March 4, 2015
Summer of Solutions' mission is to bring young climate activists together from across the country to learn from one another. They would like to help people around the country start programs to help solve the climate crisis, whether that is starting green manufacturing initiatives, designing urban food projects, weatherizing homes, educating people about environmental issues and how to help, or simply learning how to organize.

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