Many young people do not have a meaning and purpose to their life. They’re looking to say, does my life matter? Do I have a unique contribution to make… when you recognize that you have a real mission, an indispensable contribution to make, then you embrace life, you celebrate life in a completely different way. – Anna Halpine, The Human Experience I was right in the middle of my thesis while obtaining my Master of Architecture degree, at the interstice of theoretical research, experimentation, and real (” “) design. It was wintertime last year that I dedicated a good Saturday afternoon to post-graduate endeavors. A few things I knew were certain: I was about to have substantial debt to deal with. CLICK for more
I recall the fateful afternoon after my first day interning in San Francisco, when looking for my car, and my heart drops. It’s been towed. Forty-five minutes of looking for a spot around Panhandle Park on a Sunday evening and I thought I finally found one – it ends up it was in front of a driveway leading to a home addition, complete with a bay window, blocking any obvious trace of former garage to a desperate spot-seeker. So according to the group hanging out on the stoop, their landlord had my car towed. End scene. Enter, a sunny Cincinnati November morning, east of campus, with a shiny parking spot waiting just for me. There are reasons to appreciate our CLICK for more
On to Emilie Taylor with the Tulane City Center. Emilie presented an important facet to public interest design, which I was surely not the only one interested in: funding. How does one receive funding for a project that does not exist? Bryan also found the topic of urgent importance and reiterated Emilie’s funding model. Basically, it goes schematic design –> prove it is feasible through this design, receive funding –> pay architect for stamped, developed drawings.
Starting out our conference was design activist Bryan Bell, the founder and facilitator of Design Corps, the Public Interest Design Institute, and co-founder of SEED. Some highlights of his comments are as follows. While most projects within the for-profit design field cater to 10% of the population, we need to seek good design for 100%. “every issue is a design issue” – this relates well to a quote Maurice Cox later brought up by Thomas Jefferson: “Design activity and political thought are indivisible.” As architects, as designers, we need to address a greater range of projects and offer a larger scope of services. Ideally, a design solution will address and solve multiple issues. For example, the Tsunami-Safe(r) House by a CLICK for more
Beautiful design that enhances a community from the inside – that does not impose a designer’s ego upon it. The Public Interest Design Institute® will provide training to architecture and other design professionals in public interest design with in-depth study over two days on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design. – Public Interest Design website I had the pleasure of attending the Public Interest Design Institute’s training at the University of Cincinnati this past weekend. The organization is the product of Bryan Bell‘s passion in creating design solutions for everyone CLICK for more