Design for Participation: New tools in public engagement

Even as the design professions become increasingly specialized, there is a growing sense that anyone can be a designer of sorts. Public participation and consultation seek to involve community members in the design process, while new technology gives non-professionals access to sophisticated design tools. Debates on participatory design and planning increasingly concern decision-making authority and how to share power in light of these new tools. What changes are we seeing in the roles played by professionally trained designers in shaping everyday landscapes? Continue reading…

Design for Earth: Questioning Greenwashing

Green has gone mainstream. But as green walls, rooftop farms, and tree covered skyscrapers become the norm in cities around the world, critics ask if these developments are simply the latest face of greenwashing. Continue reading…

Speaker Spotlight: The Pritzker Prize winner and social housing hero Alejandro Aravena

A school or public housing project operates in a more complex space where everything becomes negotiable, which I think is more creative, more difficult, more challenging for an architect and more rewarding Continue reading…