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DiscoverDesign.org

October 10, 2017
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) presents DiscoverDesign.org as an online platform for engaging students, teachers, and mentors in the design process. 

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.

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.

[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

100 urban entrepreneurs

March 17, 2015
100 Urban Entrepeneurs is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping provide a meaningful, long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages.

Design Principles and Practice

March 6, 2015
Design as Collective Intelligence is the topic of Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. The conference will try to address the following questions with an interdisciplinary approach, through keynote speakers, garden sessions, workshops and parallel sessions: How does industry change the process of design? What tools and approaches for design have been developed in the past that will emerge in the future? What projects and creative solutions are emerging through the new technologies of production? What are new opportunities and challenges for the environment and sustainability?

Terra Watt Prize

March 6, 2015
The Terra Watt Prize is the inaugural challenge of the National Geographic New Pacific Prize Program. The Terra Watt Prize supporst entrepreneurs and investors in the quest to bring basic access to electricity to people worldwide.

Graham Foundation

March 6, 2015
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Emerging Voices Award

March 6, 2015
The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

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