University of MinnesotaSubscribe to Public Interest Design RSS
College of Design Public Interest Design
Public Interest Design: College of Design

Architects Live in Senior Spaces to Help Elderly

1398282742000-XXX-Young-Sleepover-Project12.jpg

From USA Today

"The idea popped into David Dillard's head about five years ago. Dillard, president of D2 Architecture in Dallas, was in Baltimore then. He wanted something more from the firm and wasn't sure his staff of young architects really "got it" when they were designing housing for seniors. His thought: Make them actually move into the senior housing and live with the people they were designing housing for. That way they could first hand get a feel for the needs and requirements of the residents..." Read More

A New Way to 'Make Architecture Happen'

a new way to make architecture happen.jpg

From ArchDaily

"In recent years, crowdfunding websites have taken the world by storm. Sites like Kickstarter have been used to fund books, films, products, and even been used to fund architecture projects, with success for projects like +Pool in New York and the Luchtsingel in Rotterdam. However, one drawback which prevents such 'kickstarter urbanism' from taking off more is the way the platform constrains the design of the projects: in both instances, construction elements are offered as rewards for the backers, who get to mark their contribution by having their name inscribed on the project itself..." Read More

May 7 & May 14 Newsletters

1000 Days: The Period that Decides the Health & Wealth of the World

This article from The Atlantic discusses the impact of the 1000 day period between the beginning of pregnancy to a baby's second birthday on the future health and success of a child. As designers, we aren't able to provide medical maternal health services, but we can play a critical role in the policies and infrastructure that support and promote maternal health in countries around the world.

Maternal Health 1000 days.jpg

10 Most Resilient Cities in the World [Fast Company]

resilient cities.jpg

Toronto tops the list of the world's most resilient cities.

Which cities are the most resilient? Canadian and United States cities dominate the list, with only two cities outside of North America--Stockholm and Zurich-- making the top ten. Surprised? See more about how the 'resiliency ranking' was determined in this Fast Company article.

Cities for Tomorrow Conference: Michael Kimmelman & Shigeru Ban

The New York Times' Michael Kimmelman interviews Shigeru Ban about his humanitarian work at the Cities for Tomorrow conference.

cities for tomorrow.JPG

E-News May 1: Housing Edition

In this issue:

-UN Habitat Announces Mass Housing competition Winners
-This disaster housing is made of cardboard & coke containers
-One photographer's documentation of Mexico's public housing
-A tiny EcoVillage for the Homeless
-Building Trust International constructs sustainable housing in Cambodia


53519f90c07a809c1a00009d_building-trust-international-constructs-sustainable-housing-in-cambodia_render_courtyard_house-530x286.jpg

'From Montana to the Syrian Border': An Update from Cameron Sinclair

025_cameron_sinclair.jpg

Since Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, stepped down from his leadership role in the organization, he has also stepped out of the spotlight. Recently, he sent a nice note to his network updating us on what he's been working on, and inviting others to get involved.

His projects include: designs for Re-deployable schools for Syrian refugees, partnering on projects with the Make it Right foundation, and Small Works projects in Nepal, Namibia, and South Asia.

Design Futures Student Leadership Forum: LAST DAY TO APPLY MAY 2

header21.jpg


Email Jim Lutz to apply @ lutzx120@umn.edu

April 23: Earth Day Edition

-10 Earth Friendly Materials
-Yellow is the New Green: is Pee-cycling Greener than a Composting Toilet?
-Recovering a sense of Ecology in Design Thinking
-How to Rebuild to Cope with Climate Change
-Hemp according to South Africa's materials expert Tony Budden
-IPCC Report: The world must urgently switch to clean sources of energy

bamboo-house-by-Forgemind-ArchiMedia-Flickr.jpg