“We are only beginning to understand how profoundly the built environment impacts human and environmental health, economic prosperity and social justice”.
Understanding that premise and working to disrupt current conditions that perpetuate a built environment that undermines each of those elements was the focus of Design Access 2013, hosted by Public Architecture. During the Design Access Summit, hosted at the Headlands Art Center in early March, a diverse team of designers, NGO’s, philanthropist and corporate leaders spent 2 days identifying problems and designing solutions for positive impact. Topics ranging for integrating design thinking into the class room at an under performing Oakland California school to dealing with child sex slaves were tackled with multi-disciplined approaches.
I loved the Summit “to-do” list:
Food and Wine
Hiking, running and the coast
While certainly not all the ideas from the Summit will be implemented, the process exposed the attendees to the possibilities. One of the solutions is already underway (the Oakland Middle School project led by Sara To at Brute Labs) and the global connections made during the week will almost certainly lead to future work. Last year’s inaugural gathering generated six partnerships working to leverage design for positive social change.
Attendees of Public Architecture's Design Access 2013
From Public Architecture’s Facebook page you can learn more about Design Access.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Public Architecture have partnered to support pro bono service for nonprofits seeking interior design expertise.
Through the new relationship, ASID and Public Architecture will encourage ASID members to pledge to The 1%, a program that challenges architecture and design firms to commit a minimum of 1% of their time to pro bono service and connects them with nonprofits seeking design services.
ASID’s partnership means a commitment to advancing the profession and communicating the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience. The 1%’s firms, which include ASID members, on average contribute $9 million in pro bono services annually. This new partnership is aimed at providing members with the resources, opportunities and support needed to increase service.
“From designing livable homes for veterans, to creating warm and welcoming environments for children’s hospitals, each day we hear about the many inspiring service projects our members are working on in their communities,” said ASID national president Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC. “Through our official partnership with The 1% program, we aim to recognize this work while also making it easier for any member who wants to get involved in pro bono projects.”
During Greenbuild, John Stephens, VP of Marketing for Shaw Contract Group, discussed our Greenbuild message with Floor Daily. Listen to the interview below to hear John talk about Shaw Contract Group’s Cradle to Cradle focus and environmental leadership, raising funds for our supported organizations and global expansion.
“Everything we focus on sustainability is centered around Cradle to Cradle. At Shaw Contract Group all of our products are Cradle to Cradle certified. We’re also talking about good energy. Good energy as it relates to embodied energy and our materials as we continue to work with Cradle to Cradle and use less energy to make, reclaim and remake materials, but also good energy around things like social responsibility.”
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco, CA. As the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of San Francisco’s green buildings.
The theme of our booth is: Design is Good Energy. Every moment of every day we have a choice. We chose to be positive. To be mindful of people and the planet. To be design leaders and groundbreakers. And you know what that creates? Good energy. So let’s share share this message with the world. Create your own good energy board on Pinterest. If we repin your post, we’ll send you a token of good energy. Be sure to use #designisgoodenergy on ALL of your pins, so we know how to find you! Visit our Design is Good Energy board.
Visit our website to learn more about how our designs create good energy and stop by our booth, 1601S, on Wednesday and Thursday.
From charitable donations to DIFFA and other non-profit organizations around the globe, to funding for Public Architecture’s 1% program and MASS Design, Shaw Contract Group is socially responsible by design.
Every visitor to our booth (1601S) at Greenbuild will have an opportunity to select an organization to which Shaw Contract Group will donate $1 on their behalf. The organizations benefiting are DIFFA, Public Architecture’s 1% program or MASS Design.
Shaw Contract Group has recently partnered with MASS Design Group on the MASS Design Lab, a global innovation laboratory, uniting design and public health. Additionally, Shaw Contract Group donates 1% of all sales of out Homage collection to Public Architecture’s 1% program.
Fight the good fight and give back to organizations that do good by design.
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