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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. 

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.

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. 

Laboratorio de Gobierno

July 20, 2016
Laboratorio de Gobierno is a multidisciplinary and interministerial team of the Government of Chile, announced by President Michelle Bachelet on May 21, 2014, commanded to develop, facilitate and promote innovation processes focused in users within services State.

Agenda28

May 18, 2016
Agenda28 is an impact design studio created at the Harvard Innovation Lab offering design strategy, brand identity, digital design and product design. The studio gives scholarships to talented designers from emerging economies where they work along with Agenda28's top designers to transform their design practice.

Operation Compass

May 10, 2016
The mission of Operation Compass is to help victims of human trafficking find their way home. Our work is to equip communities that surround victims of human trafficking with the right tools to report incidents... Read More

GAIN

March 6, 2015
Join us in New York City as we take a closer look at redesigning business for the future. Culture, economics and commerce will converge to tackle the tough question businesses and designers face: What is the new shape of business?

Cottam, Hiilary

March 4, 2015
Hilary Cottam is a co-founder of Participle, an organization committed to designing, developing, and scaling new ways for individuals and communities to impact government and the public realm.

Hanisian, Kate

March 4, 2015
Kate Hanisian is co-founder of Design Impact, which embeds designers in communities to address pressing social needs by partnering with organizations already engaged in understanding and addressing local community needs.

Manassei, Hugo

March 4, 2015
Hugo Manassei co-founded Participle, an organization committed to designing, developing, and scaling new ways for individuals and communities to impact government and the public realm.

Community Design Solutions

March 4, 2015
Community Design Solutions (CDS) is a design center where students prepare preliminary design and planning solutions for underfunded communities to promote positive change.

Very Day

March 4, 2015
Very Day passionately believes that user-centric solutions based on genuine user insights can empower, enrich and energize both people and brands.

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