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.

1% is no longer enough

A strange thing happened on the way to building the largest pro bono design marketplace in the world. That minimum 1% commitment of time increased and the collaboration between designers and nonprofits soared. The 1% has a new name. It's now 1+.

Check out 1+’s new expanded website, program name and identity. Members’ profiles and projects have been transferred, and sign up and matching activities are restored.

Categories: Field Notes

Hospital of the Future

Our eighth case study highlights the work of an ASID interior designer participating in the 1% program who teamed up with architects for a competition to create a speculative redesign of a hospital in Westchester, New York. CAMA, Inc. and MASS Design Group leave an impression on the industry through their holistic approach focused on sustainability and hospital user experience that challenges traditional understandings of medical facility design.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Public Architecture

Public Architecture

Public Architecture is a founding organization in the public interest design field. We leverage the built environment for the public good; assemble teams of experts to solve complex, scalable problems; and serve as a knowledge broker, matchmaker and advocate for socially impactful design. See this site for interesting information about the organization that runs the 1+ program.

Categories: Public Studio

Alameda County Firehouse Clinics

To address health care gaps in the safety net particularly among low-income populations, Alameda County Health Care Services has put forth an innovative proposal to co-locate medical clinics at fire stations throughout the County. Known as Firehouse Clinics, these health centers will provide an accessible, holistic source of care for thousands of publicly insured, uninsured, and underinsured residents. In addition to benefiting target populations, the Firehouse Clinics are intended to divert low acuity health issues away from overburdened, high-cost Emergency Department settings. Fire Station Health Centers will also tap into the underutilized medical skill-set and trusted reputation of firefighters.

With funding from the California HealthCare Foundation, Public Architecture has provided design strategy services to support HCSA’s efforts. Our first phase of work was the development of a framework to assist HCSA in understanding the costs, constraints, and opportunities associated with Health Portal co-location at fire station sites. This framework guided the development of a shortlist of candidate fire station sites. Public Architecture then received a second grant to develop a series of “City Reports” include physical site assessments of the candidate fire station sites as well as analyses of the health and service needs of the municipalities in which they are located. With a goal of understanding which of the candidate fire station sites are most appropriate, the reports will serve as a tool to solicit the support and assistance of City Councils, stakeholders, and community members.

Armed with a promotional website and an executable design, Public Architecture and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency are sharing the vision for the firehouse clinics with communities across the nation. The dream that began in Alameda County of providing efficient, culturally relevant care to people who have historically gone without has the potential to really catch fire.

Alameda County Firehouse Clinics

Hayward Firehouse Clinic

Categories: Public Studio

Hayward Firehouse Clinic

When City of Hayward and its Fire Department began planning for a new firehouse in the Tennyson neighborhood, they saw an opportunity to implement the county's vision for a Firehouse Clinic. Firehouse Clinics are an innovation in community health care focused on serving vulnerable, low income, and uninsured individuals and families. Leveraging the trust and expertise of emergency medical services (EMS) and local Fire Departments in the pre-hospital care system, Firehouse Clinics are designed to be conveniently located at neighborhood fire stations where there is critical need for access to health care services.

Public Architecture’s work on the Firehouse Clinic project included two stages. The first stage of work developed guidelines to help the Health Care Services Agency of Alameda County, CA identify a focus set of high-priority fire station sites, out of approximately seventy located across Alameda County. In addition to outlining basic spatial requirements for the sites, these guidelines helped the agency assess costs as well as the architectural implications (related to visibility, security, circulation, and visual identity goals) of co-locating FSHCs at specific sites. Our work in the second stage focused on understanding the short-listed sites in relationship to their demographic and existing health care contexts. This information was compiled into a series of reports tailored to each of the six municipalities (Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont, Newark, Hayward, and Union City) in which the sites are located.

The Tennyson Cooridor site in Hayward, CA is the first of the Firehouse Clinics to break ground.

Categories: Public Studio

Golden Gate Park: A Sustainable Retrofit by CMG Landscape Architecture

Scott Cataffa of CMG Landscape Architecture talks about his firm's proposal to increase the functionality of Golden Gate Park's Polo Field. In response to Public Architecture's Resilient SF Design Challenge, CMG imagined a sustainable infrastructure retrofit that would improve the park for events and festivals as well as serve as community asset after an earthquake.

Categories: Public Studio

KIPP Facility Guide for Early Childhood and Elementary Schools

This manual is intended to support KIPP Schools to make informed decisions concerning its Early Childhood and Elementary School facilities. As KIPP grows and begins to serve more students at younger ages it is important to gather general best practices employed by KIPP middle schools and high schools, to understand lessons learned from pioneering KIPP elementary schools and to tailor this information to help KIPP schools in the future.

Public Architecture produced this comprehensive facilities design guide for KIPP’s national network of schools in collaboration with Cannon Design.

Categories: Public Studio

Pro Bono Design Handbook for Designers

This handbook is a resource to help architecture and design firms develop the framework to incorporate pro bono design into practice. It also serves as a guide on how to find projects, either on your own or through the 1+ program's matching process. Re-released in 2016 with updated program information.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT & GUIDELINES

Public Architecture, along with several partners, developed a holistic sustainability framework for International Planned Parenthood's Bolivian affiliate, CIES, which explores the relationship between sustainability and public health.

Categories: Public Studio

Sustainability for Nonprofits

Public Architecture developed a resource that introduces the benefits of green design and operations, and provides insight on how nonprofit organizations can incorporate such practices into their facilities. 

Categories: Public Studio

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