Dialog

Dialog is curated by the 1+ program’s parent organization, Public Architecture, and represents a collection of articles, case studies, and other resources to further the discussion surrounding design and social impact.

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Creating a better world with design, By Michael J. Berens

"For centuries, designers have understood intuitively that through their designs they could affect how people feel and interact in the spaces they created. In the latter part of the 20th century researchers began to investigate how elements such as lighting, color, visual complexity, and access to nature affected occupants’ moods and, as a consequence, certain cognitive and physiological functions, such as creativity, productivity, concentration, memory and healing."

Read John Peterson's full interview with Katherine Schwab in Fast Company

What Architects Can Do In The Age Of Trump

Work on the problems you think are important, commit to pro bono work, and "find solace in trying."

How can architects create positive social change in their work?

That's a question that John Peterson has devoted much of his career to answering. In the early 2000s, the architect disbanded his private practice—which had been devoted to building multimillion dollar homes—and founded the nonprofit organization Public Architecture. The group is devoted to helping designers find ways to use their craft to advance social good—particularly by encouraging pro bono work through its cornerstone 1+ program, in which architecture firms commit 1% of their billable hours to pro bono services. (Peterson is now the curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but he remains on the board of Public Architecture and guides the organization's strategy.)

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Designer Case Study No. 11: Interface Architects Studio

Designer Case Study No. 11: Interface Architects Studio, is part of an ongoing series of case studies featuring AIA members doing pro bono and social impact work. This particular case study focuses on Interface Studio Architect’s innovative model of practice, located in Philadelphia, PA and Cambridge, MA; founded in 2005. Principals Brian Philips and Deb Katz believe in positive impact solutions, which they note, do not always come from building.

ISA and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, worked together on the GRAY AREA project. Gray Area helped to create public dialog to spur innovative ideas for historical preservation, as well as to, diffuse hot button community issues surrounding this topic. Use the link to ISSUU for more information about this firm’s commitment to making the world a better place.

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The Betty & Clint Josey Pavilion

The tenth in an on-going series of case studies that feature projects by AIA members who are making pro bono service an integral part of design practice. The Josey Pavillion is Texas' first certified Living Building and was made possible through a collaboration between Lake | Flato Architects and The Dixon Water Foundation.

Learn about this ENERGY STAR program

ENERGY STAR verification for nonprofit buildings

Public Architecture’s 1+ program is partnering with the EPA to launch a service to match ENERGY STAR-eligible buildings owned by nonprofits and government agencies with architects and engineers willing to verify applications on a cost-free, "pro bono" basis.

ENERGY STAR certification is no-cost, but applications do require review by a professional engineer or a registered architect who is able to verify that energy performance and indoor environmental conditions meet EPA’s standards. Even though the cost for verification is modest compared to other third-party certifications, many building owners simply cannot afford this fee. The 1+ and EPA are connecting these building owners with licensed professionals who are willing to provide verification services on a cost-free, pro bono basis. By performing this valuable public service, licensed professionals will significantly increase the number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings, inspire others to raise the performance level of their facilities, and help an organization of their choice that otherwise would not be recognized for their outstanding achievement.

Architects: You can earn CEUs by providing this public service. The AIA and EPA have partnered to help architects earn up to eight annual Health, Safety, and Welfare CEUs for reducing carbon emissions in the built environment.

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Interface Architects Studio

Designer Case Study No. 11: Interface Architects Studio, is part of an ongoing series of case studies featuring AIA members doing pro bono and social impact work. This particular case study focuses on Interface Studio Architect’s innovative model of practice, located in Philadelphia, PA and Cambridge, MA; founded in 2005. Principals Brian Philips and Deb Katz believe in positive impact solutions, which they note, do not always come from building. ISA and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, worked together on the GRAY AREA project. Gray Area helped to create public conversations to spur innovative ideas for historical preservation as well as diffuse hot button community issues surrounding this topic. Use the link to ISSUU for more info about this firm’s commitment to making the world a better place.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Public Architecture Launches New Site

Public Architecture is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website. The site is designed and built by BRICK, the stellar bay area-based multi-disciplinary design studio who also designed the website of our flagship 1+ pro bono design program. Checkout publicarchitecture.org and let us know what you think.

The new website comes on the heel of big organizational transitions. John Peterson founded Public Architecture more than fifteen years ago and served as President until the end of 2015. Last winter, he transitioned off the staff and took over as the Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As the chairman of Public Architecture’s board of directors, he remains actively involved in key projects and strategy.

Amy Ress now serves as the Director of the organization during this interim leadership transition. She has climbed the ranks over the last six years, working as a program fellow, program manager, and program director.

We invite you to follow Dialog and stay tuned for news and activities in the social impact design movement. We’re excited for this beautiful new platform to share updates on CITIES+ San Jose and CITIES+ Detroit as well as our partnerships with the AIA, ASID and the EPA.

1+ Habitat for Humanity

In 2009, Habitat for Humanity reached out to Public Architecture to explore how they could better engage the design community to improve the design and construction process for their 1400 affiliates across the country. Seeing their request as an opportunity to advocate for quality design as a mechanism to further Habitat’s mission, Public Architecture matched a select group of architecture firms, recognized for their residential design excellence and commitment to public service, to work with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat affiliates were selected to participate based on their building track record and enthusiasm to partner with designers to bring innovation to their plans. Participating architects and affiliates include:

el dorado Inc., Kansas City, MO, partnered with Heartland Habitat for Humanity in Kansas City, KS to create a plan that gives options to achieve goals in sustainability and accessibility using low-tech strategies.

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam (MSME) Architects, Atlanta, GA completed a project with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where homes need to meet 150 mph wind and flood conditions, and still be accessible.

Vincent James Associates Architects (VJAA), Minneapolis, MN, partnered with Habitat for Humanity Detroit to attract families back to an older infill neighborhood that is long suffering from vacancies and blight.

• Other firms selected were Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) and Min | Day.

Through the generous support of Formica and their commitment to advance the dialogue of sustainable affordable housing, the teams were challenged to design and build a home that exceeds Habitat’s typical standards. The projects responded to the need for flexible and accessible space as family sizes grow and more generations live under the same roof. In the end, each project addresses different social and contextual challenges as well as the affiliate’s own design and building standards. Public Architecture is excited to share the outcome, the partners’ experiences, and the built projects that raise the bar of sustainable and affordable housing.

Categories: Public Studio, Field Notes, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge

AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters® and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation are announcing a new nationwide design challenge entitled Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow. The competition aims to address the future housing needs for millions of Americans, particularly for people 50-plus -- growing-in-place.

The Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow competition challenges architects to create new standards in housing design so people can stay in their home as they travel through various life stages: From entering the workforce, getting married, having a family, sending kids to college, becoming a grandparent, following their passions with new careers and hobbies, and considering retirement. The goal of the design challenge is to generate universal design elements and build an attractive, adaptable, and affordable home of the future that speaks to and showcases livability, by promoting both aesthetically- and functionally-appealing designs for better living.

Monetary awards will be made to three juried winning entries. The first place, winning design will be incorporated into a real-life home and publicly unveiled to provide an experiential learning opportunity for the general public. The Home will also be offered to a growing family. 1+ is a proud partner of this important initiative and encourages the 1+ community to enter this challenge. Visit: http://bit.ly/1jg5R1t

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Pro Bono Architecture and Design Solutions for Government Initiatives

CITIES+

During the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting Sept. 26-29, 2015, Public Architecture formally announced the creation of CITIES+, a program that employs pro bono design services as a tool for government initiatives that improve communities. The largest pro bono design marketplace in the world just got bigger!

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