In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we’re sharing five of our favorite ways that friends of Public Architecture can support our mission to leverage the design of the built environment as a tool for social gain. Whether you’re a longtime donor or a new fan of our work, your support in all forms is critical to our continued success and growth:
- Make a donation. Making a gift to Public Architecture is the single easiest way to support our organization. Just this morning, we received a holiday donation from our friends at Teknion—longtime supporters of Public Architecture and annual sponsors of our Design Access Summit. This year, Teknion even rewarded each leader behind the Summit’s winning proposal (learn more here) with their very own RBT chair!
- Spec socially responsible products. When you choose products from The 1% Collection, our partners donate 1% of sales to Public Architecture. From Shaw Contract Group’s Homage collection to Skyline Design’s 5+ Collection by Michael Graves, exceeding your design expectations has never been easier—or more rewarding.
- Stock up on new software. #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday are just behind us, but Novedge is offering #AutoCAD 2014 at a great price—and donating $200 per each new copy to Public Architecture.
- Join us. Whether you’re a firm looking for ways to give back or a nonprofit in need of design services, The 1% pro bono design platform offers access to projects and resources to make the most of your pro bono pledge. And we’re always looking for great volunteers and interns to join our ranks—your time, energy, and support are invaluable to us.
And last but not least:
- Follow #GRATEFULx13. Between now and December 31st, we’re counting down our top thirteen highlights of 2013. Join the countdown on Facebook and Twitter, and share your commitment to social impact design with your friends and family this holiday season!
In September, we challenged three design firms to propose resiliency strategies focused on San Francisco’s ability to withstand its next natural disaster. CMG Landscape Architecture, David Baker Architects, and Perkins + Will San Francisco presented innovative solutions that focused on systemic and social opportunities. Recently, KQED Quest, through its lens of regional sustainability issues, brought the topic of resiliency and disaster preparedness to the forefront:
Mention sleeping in Golden Gate Park, and most people think of homelessness. But the idea that San Francisco’s most famous park could be used as an emergency shelter for thousands of victims after a major earthquake – as it was after the 1906 earthquake – is again resurfacing.
Click here to read the rest of their article covering our recent Resilient San Francisco event and CMG Landscape Architecture’s Camp The Park proposal.
Public Architecture is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Novedge, who is making it easier than ever to support the efforts of The 1% pro bono design program. For every new seat of AutoCAD 2014 sold, Novedge will contribute $200 to Public Architecture. In the words of Franco Folini, Co-Founder and President of Novedge: “It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.” Learn more about the origins of this program–and the origins of both Public Architecture and Novedge–below, and don’t forget to visit Novedge today to support the efforts of social impact designers nationwide.
John: I was surprised to find out Novedge is just down the street from Public Architecture. How did Novedge start?
Franco: Cristiano Sacchi and I met while doing research on CAD engineering in college in Italy. Then, after many years, our paths crossed again in San Francisco and we decided to partner up and cofound Novedge. Ten years ago, many people thought we were crazy selling CAD software online. Now, online sales are becoming more and more prevalent in all industries and Novedge is the leading reseller of CAD software for design professionals.
I was delighted as well to know Public Architecture is so close by. It made it even easier to approach you about contributing to The 1% program!
John: We always appreciate getting to meet new friends, especially when they come to us with a great idea for supporting our work. How did you decide to give to The 1%?
Franco: Having a background in engineering, Cris and I always envisioned Novedge as more than just a place to buy software online: we wanted to also build community, helping the professionals who use our software connect with each other and grow their business. We have tremendous respect for what our customers do, it takes dedication and a great deal of hard work. As you know, having a small business is not easy, but we are now big enough to be able to truly give back to the community that made it possible for Novedge to grow.
Our team looked at many options for giving back: we were all already familiar with The 1% program, and we all felt your mission was exactly what we were looking for. Plus, our contribution to Public Architecture goes much farther than most donations. As I understand it, each donation of $200 results in about $12,000 worth of pro bono design services out in the world.
John: That’s right. Thanks to the commitment of our many partners across the country, we are able to maximize the impact of every dollar we receive.
Franco: How does that work? Better yet, how did Public Architecture and The 1% program get their start?
John: I was running a private practice here in San Francisco when my team and I realized that, even though we wanted to use our architectural skills and expertise to give back to our community, there were few (if any) channels through which we could do this positive work—a stark contrast to other specialized professions like medicine and law. That gap, combined with my longstanding conviction that architects should be as involved with identifying problems in the built environment as they are with solving those problems, led me to found Public Architecture in 2002. Today, we have the privilege of working with partners across the nation to leverage the design of the built environment for social gain.
The 1% program mobilizes designers to create positive social impact by pledging a minimum of 1% of their annual billable hours to pro bono design services. Combined with the launch of our online matching platform in 2007, we have engaged more than 1,200 firms and more than 700 nonprofit organizations through The 1%. Altogether, this means that The 1% program generates more than 330,000 hours in pro bono services—worth more than $43 million—each year.
Through the efforts of our network and the overall growth of the social impact design movement, we’re seeing quality design appear more frequently in parks, schools, hospitals, and so on. It’s been an especially amazing experience for us to see people outside of the design profession, too, embracing the value and potential of the design of the built environment.
Franco: That must be very reaffirming. We hope that our new donation program adds to the positive trends you’re seeing out in the world!
John: Some of our members might not be clear about your donation program: how exactly does it work?
Franco: It’s very simple: Novedge will donate $200 to The 1% program for every new copy of AutoCAD 2014 we sell. Here is the list of all the products that qualify for the donation. All other discounts will stay the same, including our $100 discount for AIA members and Autodesk’s current $400 mail in rebate. So, our customers still get the best value for their dollar, plus they get to support Public Architecture. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
How else can people help and get involved with Public Architecture?
John: We’re always grateful for the generosity of our supporters—not only in terms of financial donations but also donations of time, skills, expertise, and materials, too. Visiting our website is the single best way to make donations online, learn about new volunteer opportunities, and keep up-to-date with our internal initiatives and projects. We also host and participate in events across the country, so you can follow our travels—and catch us live—via our blog, The Public Dialogue and by following us on Facebook and Twitter. And, if you’re a designer whose firm is interested in giving back or a nonprofit in need of design services, you can sign up for The 1% program at our matching website.
Of course, you can always start by purchasing a new copy of AutoCAD 2014, too! Thank you, again, for thinking of us—we could not be more excited about this partnership with Novedge. How can readers join us in learning more about your community, if they haven’t already?
Franco: We are very active online (of course!), so I would like to invite everybody to join us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to stay in touch with us and to connect with other professionals. This year we will be for the first time at Autodesk University, so I would also like to invite everybody to join us in Las Vegas the first week of December if they ar
e attending this event. We will be at Booth 25. And if you are in San Francisco, keep your eyes on our updates, we will be having a Holiday Party on Wednesday December 11 at the office and everyone is invited. John, as our neighbors, I count on your team to be there!
John: Absolutely. We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate our work together.
We’re thrilled to announce that the 4th International Holcim Awards is open for entries! Since 2003, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has led the field in recognizing innovative projects and future-oriented concepts from architects and designers worldwide. No vision is too big and no project is too small. From now to March 24, 2014, the Holcim Awards is accepting submissions that envision a more sustainable and equitable built environment for all.
All of us at Public Architecture know how transformative the Holcim Awards can be in taking a project from vision to reality. Our Day Labor Station received two Holcim Awards—the North America Silver Prize in 2008 and the Global “Innovation” Prize in 2009—and Holcim continues to be a strong supporter and advocate of our efforts. Most recently, the Holcim Foundation supported Public Architecture’s ResilientSF Design Challenge, engaging designers at Perkins + Will, CMG Landscape Architecture, and David Baker Architects to envision solutions for a more resilient San Francisco.
So why apply for the Holcim Awards?
- You may be working on a potential winner right now. As friends and partners of Public Architecture, you’ve already made a significant investment in promoting socially responsible and sustainable design. Through the Holcim Awards, you can share your research, designs, and methodologies with an appreciative audience while advancing the practice of social impact design worldwide.
- Join forward-thinking architects and designers from around the world. From students and young professionals to established firms like Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, the Holcim Awards attracts submissions from visionary practitioners and leaders around the world. Winners from the five regional competitions in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific in 2014 will then advance to the Global Holcim Awards in 2015.
- Share more than projects—share values, too. Together with its internationally renowned partner universities, the Holcim Foundation has developed five target issues for evaluating Awards: Progress, People, Planet, Prosperity, and Proficiency. Learn more about Holcim’s high standards of innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility here.
- Impact matters. From small projects like our own Day Labor Station to large projects like an urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub in São Paulo, Brazil, the independent juries of the Holcim Awards know that innovation and transformation happen at many different scales.
- Gain real recognition, with real rewards. Not only is the Holcim Awards an opportunity to showcase your work on an international stage, but Award winners also receive a significant cash prize. Altogether, the Foundation awards a total of $2 million to winning projects and designers each cycle.
Interested? Learn more about the Awards, including details about project eligibility, competition levels, and evaluation criteria, at the Holcim Awards website.
Have a project in mind? Download the step-by-step application guide here to get a head start!
- Project must not have commenced execution prior to July 1, 2013
- No limit to the number of entries per team/individual
- Holcim Awards (main level)
- For advanced design projects with a high probability of execution
- Authors must be at least 18 years of age (born March 24, 1996, or earlier)
- “Next Generation” (student and young professional level)
- For visionary projects and bold ideas
- Authors must be between 18 and 30 years of age (born between July 2, 1982, and March 24, 1996)
Full eligibility details are available via the Holcim Awards website.
This week is an exciting one for us at Public Architecture: it is Pro Bono Week. Started by the American Bar Association and now championed by the Taproot Foundation, Pro Bono Week is a celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference. There are several events taking place this week that we’re excited to report about:
To kick off Pro Bono week, Taproot and The Foundation Center invited Public Architecture and other Bay Area nonprofits to attend the annual Pro Bono Resource Fair on October 21st. The event was held with the aim of helping members of the nonprofit community to identify pro bono service providers and resources. This year’s attendance indicated a growing interest in pro bono services. In addition to generating awareness of The 1% among local nonprofits, it was nice to see several of our partners. Both Harvard Business School Community Partners, which did strategic work for us pro bono, and the Children’s Creativity Museum, which recently completed a 1% project with Schwartz & Architecture, were in attendance.
On October 23rd, Taproot, the Centre for Social Innovation, and DesigNYC hosted Pro Bono Day NYC, a daylong series of workshops and networking events designed to connect New York’s expanding pro bono movement. Linda Pollak of Marpillero Pollak Architects, who serves as Design Advocate of The 1% program, participated in a panel discussion entitled “Why Design Matters for Nonprofits.” The discussion focused on how design can become an integral part of an organization’s service offering.
Though not directly associated with Pro Bono Week, this year’s Net Impact Conference will be a great opportunity for Public Architecture to showcase our commitment to pro bono through promoting The 1%. Net Impact is a nonprofit interested in encouraging students and professionals to use business skills in support of social causes. The conference will draw around 3,000 individuals for a weekend of workshops, panels, and special events. If you are attending, come by and visit our booth!
Lastly, our partners at A Billion + Change along with Points of Light, Companies With A Mission, and The Brees Dream Foundation are teaming up to present the Super Service Challenge. The Super Service Challenge is an opportunity to share your stories of pro bono service. The contest asks volunteer teams to submit service stories between now and November 30 for a chance to win. The winning team will receive eight Super Bowl tickets and national media recognition. Furthermore, nonprofits associated with team submissions have a chance to win donations from the $1 million jackpot. 1% participants are encouraged to submit!
Public Architecture, in collaboration with our partners at the Harvard Business School has launched the fourth 1% Nonprofit Survey.
Our most comprehensive survey to date will provide unique insight into the nonprofit experience in The 1% program as well as the design process. The survey is an important tool for growth and improvement of The 1% program, in particular The 1% matching process that facilitates connecting nonprofits with designers who have made a pledge to provide pro bono service for underserved communities.
We encourage all nonprofits participating in The 1% program to complete the survey, regardless of the status of your project or the matching process.
The survey consists of five parts and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Progress can be saved for up to one week using the bookmarking functionality. Results for the survey will be published after its closing. Look for them in early 2014.
The survey is accessible here.
Or copy and paste the link below into your browser:
As part of the Architecture and the City Festival, Resilient SF explored resiliency strategies meant to aid San Francisco’s ability to withstand future environmental and social challenges. Public Architecture and Shelter Media Project, with support from the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, invited CMG Landscape Architecture, David Baker Architects, and Perkins + Will San Francisco to propose innovative solutions that focused on systemic and social opportunities rather than large infrastructural endeavors. At the September 18th event, the three firms presented their proposals. A stimulating panel discussion moderated by Public Architecture Founder and President, John Peterson, followed the conclusion of the presentations. Panelists included Degenkolb Engineers Chairman, Chris Poland, strategist, designer and current Gensler Fellow, Laura Weiss, and City of San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim.
David Baker Architects explored harnessing the citywide water cistern system to play an expanded role as sites of community engagement and gathering during times of non-disaster as well as a locus for action in emergency situations. Though it continues to remain largely outside of public awareness, the cistern system is an historic infrastructure network that contains water for emergency use. David Baker Architects proposed transforming cistern spaces by adding bold graphics to convey pertinent general and location-specific emergency information. These cistern spaces would be turned into plazas with the goal of sparking curiosity, constantly disseminating information, and creating a well-distributed series of hubs for action in emergency situations. Through this proposal, David Baker Architects sought to build upon, strengthen, and make visible existing physical and civic infrastructure to bolster San Francisco’s robust social capacity both in ordinary times and during disasters.
Perkins + Will drew inspiration from hardened community health facilities such as hospitals and fire stations. In this case, the term “hardened” refers to a facility’s ability to withstand a severe event. Perkins + Will noted that disaster-induced interruptions to non-hardened community health organizations constituted a significant public health challenge. Consequently, they proposed that the City of San Francisco identify the highest priority, non-acute ambulatory care services and mandate that organizations providing these services occupy structures with sufficient seismic reinforcement to return to operation within 30 days of a severe event. Wanting to bridge that 30-day gap, Perkins + Will devised a prototype rapidly deployable health clinic (or “RDoC,” as they termed it). The RDoC would be used as a replacement venue for critical ambulatory health services to San Francisco’s neediest in the aftermath of a seismic or severe weather event. In the event of a disaster-induced interruption, community organizations would be able to relocate to RDoCs until their home facilities could reopen. Perkins + Will asserted that the RDoC would enhance community self-reliance and resiliency by providing community clinics a mechanism to continue to serve their patients in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
CMG Landscape Architecture developed a proposal that sought to fortify Golden Gate Park by retrofitting the Polo Fields with sustainable infrastructural systems. These systems would not only improve the Park’s many events and festivals, but would also allow it to host disaster victims. CMG noted the tremendous overlap between logistical preparations for park festivals and effective responses to major disasters; the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management recommends citizens prepare for 72 hours without key infrastructural lifelines such as food, water, waste management, energy, and shelter – the same resources required for 3-day park festivals. The proposal focused on building upon Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields with four key layers of infrastructure: water, waste management, energy and communication, and shelter and aid. As part of the proposal, the Polo Fields would be fitted with built-up edges housing public toilets. The waste by-products from the toilets could be treated and then used to fertilize the 200 acres of park turf. Through their proposed changes to Golden Gate Park, CMG hoped to reinforce the role of urban parks as both purposeful and beautiful. CMG also devised an annual preparedness event entitled Camp the Park during which city parks would open for an overnight resiliency festival. Camp the Park would commemorate the 1906 Earthquake and Fire while testing the city’s ability to mobilize and prepare for disaster response in a festive atmosphere.
After the presentations, the panelists sat down to discuss resiliency solutions and the power of incorporating behavioral change. Solutions, the panelists noted, must be habit-forming for the community and integrated into daily activities. By the time a disaster happens, the community would already be familiar with how to engage with the available resources. As Laura Weiss voiced, “people are the engine of resiliency.” Thus, by utilizing products or services to induce behavioral change, communities themselves could help ensure their own resiliency. “San Francisco is evolving into a sharing economy; these solutions could be an outgrowth of that evolution,” remarked John Rahaim. Indeed each of the proposals embraced the functional versatility inspired by that economic evolution. As mentioned during the conversation, discussions around recovery and preparedness are often challenging and fraught with bureaucracy. That the proposals were created with what Chris Poland described as “delight” added to their strength, allowing them to make difficult conversations more palatable. The panelists agreed that the schemes presented throughout the evening were all complementary; they could all move forward and work effectively together.
This design challenge, though the first of its kind, need not be the last of its kind. It can happen in any city as a way to engage the architecture community to be leaders in resiliency design thinking.
The Special Interest Design Award was presented by Public Architecture in partnership with AIA San Francisco with support from Interface. The two Special Recognition awardees are being spotlighted today. In addition to these two firms, there were Honor, Merit, and Citation designations award by the jury.
Architecture for Humanity Chicago‘s Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market was a Special Recognition recipient. The project was completed in 2011 with a budget of $30,000, but has continued to expand since then.
Fresh Moves Mobile Market is a one-aisle, 400 square foot, grocery store built in a retrofitted Chicago Transit Authority bus purchased for $1. Fresh Moves is a replicable platform for restoring access to nutritious food, health education, and local jobs to over 500,000 Chicago residents living in food deserts.
“The model is just that simple. The racks are stocked with healthy fruits and vegetables and people load in from the front and exit out the back of the bus.” – SIDA Juror, Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, AIA California Council, Culvahouse Consulting
Firm Foundation, a project by Solo Kota Kita is also honored as a SIDA Special Recognition recipient. The project was located in Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, Indonesia with a total budget of $35,000. $12,500 of the budget was dedicated to construction and the project was built in 2013.
Firm Foundation aims to reduce environmental vulnerability in riverfront settlements in Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Through a participatory campaign, residents cooperated with the team to design a new waterfront public space. The project positions Banjarmasin’s rivers as an asset for sustainable development and is a catalyst for future investments in basic services.
“The project has special recognition for its holistic approach to process and contribution to planning, and with its potential to influence policy for other dense urban waterfront environments that are impacted by health and environmental issues.” – SIDA Juror, Katie Gerfen, Architect Magazine
The upcoming AIA Twitter Chat is dedicated to the topic of social impact design. Present will be Public Architecture, Social Impact Design Award winner Wheeler Kearns, The American Institute of Architects, and more. The chat will be October 2, from 2:00-3:30 EST.
Today’s article delves into the Citation recipients of the Social Impact Design Award. This award was presented by Public Architecture in partnership with AIA San Francisco and with support from Interface. More information about the award, the jury, and other recipients is available here.
The jury selected Daly Genik‘s 33, 225 square foot Broadway Housing project to receive the Citation award. Built in Santa Monica, CA, the project was completed in November of 2012 with a budget of $10.9 million.
Broadway Housing clusters economical, repeatable housing blocks around the canopy of an existing shade tree. The objective of the project is to provide low income families with affordable housing that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.
“Creative use of materials and the project’s contemporary design elements contribute to an experience that is typically reserved for residents of high end housing.” – SIDA Juror Michael Murphy, Mass Design Group
BAR Architect‘s project the Haiti Partners’ Children’s Academy was the second recipient of the Citation award. Children’s Academy was built in Baocia, 3 miles outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The entire campus is expected to be 38, 000 square feet and be complete in 2023. $5 million is the expected budget.
In a remote hilly region southeast of Haiti’s capital, a new self-sustaining pre K – 13 school is transforming the village of Boacia. The Children’s Academy opened its first classroom building in September 2012. With its new prototype for education, ongoing community engagement and the promise of economic sustainability, the school has brought new hope to this under-served community.“This first classroom building is a model to be added over time, and has an opportunity to connect the lives of their students and families as well as the life of the town. The ironwork design is nice and transcends the aesthetic experience of the classroom. It creates a memorable environment that will stand out to the Haitian students.” – SIDA Juror Marsha Maytum, FAIA LEED AP, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Have questions or thoughts on social impact design? Join Public Architecture, Social Impact Design Award winner Wheeler Kearns Architects, and The American Institute of Architects for an AIA Twitter Chat on October 2, from 2:00-3:30 EST.
Public Architecture in partnership with AIA San Francisco and with support from Interface presented the Social Impact Design Award. In addition to the two Honor Award winners there were two Merit Award recipients. Today we are highlighting these projects. In the coming days we will also introduce our Citation and Special Recognition winners.
The Social Impact Design Award jury recognized Architecture for Humanity with a Merit distinction for the 1,938 square foot Manica Football for Hope Center built in 2013. The center was built in Bairro Vumba (Vumba neighborhood), Manica, Mozambique on a budget of $197,416 USD. The Manica Football for Hope Center unites its 5,000 resident community around a building made from the land and inspired by the culture. In post-civil war Mozambique, the center creates a safe, happy place to learn and play, while creating new building industries and investing in Manica’s long-term resiliency.
“The Manica Football for Hope Center is a well-design facility that has made a significant impact in the lives of its community by offering programs that marry a tried and true model of sports, social impact, and environmental stewardship.” – SIDA Juror Katie Gerfen, Architect Magazine
To meet the growing issue of hunger and expand its distribution capacity three-fold, the Houston Food Bank renovated and expanded a neglected 30 year old warehouse. The resulting facility serves as the nation’s largest capacity Feeding America food bank and a symbol of hope throughout the community.
“The Houston Food Bank represents an interesting mash-up of a food pantry, distribution center, and social services. For such a large facility and with limited resources, the project has a nice mix of uses and defined environments that hold together well.” – John Peterson, Public Architecture Founder and President
For a more in depth conversation about social impact design, join our AIA Twitter Chat, October 2 from 2:00-3:30 EST. This is a great opportunity to converse with The American Institute of Architects, Social Impact Design Award Winners Wheeler Kearns Architects, and more.
This is the first post in a series highlighting the eight firms recognized by the Social Impact Design Award.
Public Architecture, in partnership with AIA San Francisco and with support from Interface, announced the winners of the Social Impact Design Award (SIDA). Two firms won the top Honor Award – Portland, OR-based Holst Architecture for the Bud Clark Commons project and Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects for Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park.
In its inaugural year, the Social Impact Design Award aims to recognize national architectural projects that serve the public good. The criteria for the award includes addressing one or more categories, including economic disparity, education iniquity, community engagement, health outcomes, human rights, and design excellence.
The juried prize yielded forty one eligible submissions, across a wide variety of project types, from low-cost structures in rural and developing regions to large scale commercial projects in metropolitan centers. Public Architecture Founder and President, John Peterson, was delighted by the turnout:
“As a profession we have a long way to go until we are articulate about the social impact of our work, but the design submissions and the dialog of the jurors are a wonderful start. We expect an expansive future for this award along with a larger conversation about the effective role of the design of the built environment on the quality of our lives.”
Jurors for the SIDA included:
About the Winners
As a centerpiece of Portland’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Bud Clark Commons sets a new standard by combining permanent supportive housing and temporary shelter with a community resource center. The $29 million project balances rigorous programmatic requirements, a progressive design approach, and LEED Platinum certified sustainable building practices.
“The comprehensive social programs are integral to the design experience of the Bud Clark Commons. The architects have taken a very complex problem combining transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and drop in services and created a dynamic design solution that has made a positive impact on thousands of lives and sets a new standard for design excellence.” – SIDA Juror Marsha Maytum, FAIA LEED AP, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
In Chicago, the Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park project involved the renovation and adaptive reuse of a 1906 single story building and the improvement of three vacant lots in the City’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. This 7,300 sq. ft. facility has an eighty seat restaurant that serves subsidized meals to working poor families and market rate meals to the general public; a combination service, catering and training kitchen from which a thirteen week food service training program is conducted; a meeting room/classroom and administrative/social service offices which support Inspiration Corporation’s community outreach programs and provides individualized case management services to past and current students.
“An extraordinary facility, Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park has a graceful design that is both elegant and full of dignity.” – SIDA Juror Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
A representative from each of the two top Honor award winners will be invited to join Interface and a group of 30 international designers at the 2014 Salone del Mobile for a week of design immersion, inspired thinking, sustainable manufacturing, and fun. All travel, accommodations, and activities are courtesy of Interface.
“The Social Impact Design Award celebrates social sustainability through the design of the built environment, and it is natural that we would embrace this kind of holistic design thinking as an important standard for contemporary architecture and interior design. We are proud to join Public Architecture and AIA San Francisco in sponsoring this program.” – Jennifer Busch, Vice President A&D Market Development, Interface
In addition to the honor award recipients, the jury recognized the following projects:
If we are to ensure there is a strong and flexible social fabric in preparation for the next significant earthquake or natural disaster, innovating for community resilience has never been more critical.
Public Architecture and Shelter Media Project have invited architects and allied experts to play a collaborative and proactive role in creating community-based resiliency strategies that are implementable, accessible and participatory.
The strategies will be presented during the esteemed Architecture and the City Festival in San Francisco, celebrating its 10th anniversary this September. With 20,000 attendees, and presented by the AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the festival is the premiere architecture and design festival in the Bay Area and the largest of its kind in the nation.
Resilient SF explores the overlay of three related challenges: how the built environment supports our preparedness and response to earthquakes and natural disasters, the shifting nature of civic infrastructures, and the role of existing social infrastructures—all the while keeping in mind the city’s underserved communities.
The term “relief” is featured on the front pages of most daily news coverage of disasters, while “preparedness” often refers to packaged goods in the form of emergency kits or seismically strengthening buildings. In this challenge, designers are asked to conceive of preparedness solutions that respond to an expanded set of social, environmental, and economic criteria in a way that is inclusive of the needs and assets found in San Francisco’s vulnerable communities.
Public Architecture invited three San Francisco firms–CMG Landscape Architecture, David Baker Architects, and Perkins+Will San Francisco–recognized for their responsive community design work to participate in Resilient SF. These firms will propose innovative approaches that are actionable with limited resources and that could serve as models for other cities. The design teams will present their solutions in front of a large festival audience, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. Short videos will be produced from the event highlighting the key elements of each presentation; these will become part of a public website focused on Resilient San Francisco’s efforts.
Resilient SF Design Challenge
Date: September 18
Location: Interface Showroom, 457 Pacific Ave.
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Teams present their Design Challenge proposals to the Festival participants, followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A.
RE-IMAGE San Francisco
RE_IMAGE San Francisco is a large-scale visual experience; a night-time projection event on an iconic building intended to visualize past and future natural disasters in San Francisco and citizen’s response to them: it utilizes photographs, found footage and sounds, info-graphics, and animations. The event will take place on multiple nights during the Festival at a site to be determined. The projected images are intended to provoke a re-thinking of the concept of resilience and the role of the built environment in helping protect and strengthen our community.
ResilientSF is made possible through the generous support of Holcim and The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. Connect with Holcim today to learn how to submit your innovative, socially responsible, and future-oriented projects to the 4th International Holcim Awards, and participate in a global community of more than 140 countries.