Design Education

Building a new Splash House

This year's Design Workshop at Parsons The New School of Design proposed an addition to a New York City landmark, the Highbridge Park Pool.

Tomorrow's Designers

I’m trying to remember, did I ever think about things like public design, civic planning, or product innovation in the eighth grade?  I’ll be honest, the eighth grade wasn’t all that long ago. I know that in language arts we…

Teaching Tweeting

Despite the environment’s connection to every challenge we face, increasing environmental awareness is an uphill battle. The way to make the information relevant is to make it personal.

Many Voices, One Village

Six students and one professor from the University of Minnesota Architecture School head to Haiti to help design and create an urban infrastructure for a town.

Learning to Take the Lead

The 100 Mile Challenge, by students from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Washington. The student exhibits at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair stand out by default. On a floor filled with big-name businesses, emerging designers,…

Minnesota Students in Haiti

We are among six students and one professor, from the University of Minnesota Architecture School working in Haiti on the Collège Mixte LaConcorde Orphanage project, under the auspices of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), to design a school and orphanage complex…

Education: Advanced Placement

The key to New Orleans’s rebirth may lie in an unprecedented overhaul of its education system that puts public schools at the center of community services.

Telling Stories

Green media maven Simran Sethi believes journalism can change the way people think—and so teaches students to be storytellers for the environment.

The Eco Granny Flat

This fall John Quale and his University of Virginia students are proving that “extra small” may be the next big step in green and affordable living. The ecoMOD XS project—the fifth to come out of Quale’s ecoMOD studio class, which…

The Road to Conversion

Bethany Seawright's student project for an environmental law firm. Last year when I started to pursue my MFA in Interior Design in Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design, I was less than enamored with green design. Not that I…

Book Review: The SANAA Studios

Architecture-school crits are a famously bruising rite of passage for aspiring design professionals—unless, apparently, your professor is from the renowned Japanese firm SANAA. In the introduction to The SANAA Studios 2006–2008 (Lars Müller Publishers), the Dutch architect Florian Idenburg recalls…

What’s Next: Design Education

Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, believes his school has a mission to act as a laboratory for other institutions. And he thinks that task will take on greater significance as universities become…