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How Public Interest Design Can Win Over the Public’s Trust

If public interest design is going to grow into a valued field of practice, we need clear measures of performance for the profession and the public.

Doctor injecting a patient with placebo as part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Courtesy wikipedia originally sourced from the US National Archives For the past ten years, evidence has been collecting in publications and exhibits that a new field of practice is emerging. It uses design as a tool to serve the public, including those who cannot afford design services. And…

MoMA’s Exhibition on Housing Misses by 99%

The museum's latest exhibition, "Foreclosed," threatens to set the design discourse around housing back by ten years.

The newly opened show at the Museum of Modern Art, Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, fails to accomplish the goal alluded to in its title. That is, to consequentially address one of the most critical issues facing the public today—foreclosures. The result is a disservice to the people the show’s organizers set out to help. What’s worse, the exhibit takes architecture…

In the Public Interest

Design is relational. It is not just about objects. It’s also about being a catalyst to change human relationships and activities. Last year, at our annual Structures for Inclusion Conference , Sergio Palleroni said that 90% of the impact of his architecture is not in the construction. The real impact is in the relationships, the empowerment, and the activities created,…