Ideas

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

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…

The Ways We Work: VI

    I’ve been standing on my soapbox, preaching the virtues of aligning the workplace with the goals and objectives of each organization as well as with their workers’ activities. Some of you, I suspect, disagree with that idea. But…

Applying the Occupy Model to Sustainability

There’s something daunting about a speaking slot called “15 Minutes of Brilliance.” At the Living Future (un)conference, these speaking engagements took place before the keynotes each day, a nice way to give individual speakers a platform. But the “brilliance” and…

Post-Meltdown, The Rise of Architecture for the 99%

Project H Design Flickr Photo Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” (Salon, February 4, 2012) asks the question “Where does architecture go from here?” without offering an answer, so I will. The piece makes a compelling case for the demise of…

Celebrating The Class of 2012 Game Changers

Photo: Mathias Archambault —Replik In February Metropolis brought together a diverse and lively crowd at Design Within Reach SoHo to celebrate the magazine’s 2nd annual Game Changers' issue and the impressive game changing class of 2012. Congratulations to Peter Bilak,…

Design-Build Students Transform Juvenile Detention Center

Design educators and practitioners routinely assert, with remarkable assurance, that design thinking strategies can deliver the “game-changing” ideas needed to address the critical problems of our times. Frequently, it seems, we fall in love with the promise(s) of these ideas…