Dialog represents a curated collection of articles, case studies, and other resources to further the discussion surrounding design and social impact.

A step by step guide for nonprofits in need of design assistance to connect with the 1+ program (formally the 1% program) network of architecture and design firms who have pledged a commitment to pro bono service.

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This handbook is a resource to help architecture and design firms develop the framework to incorporate pro bono design into practice. It also serves as a guide on how to find projects, either on your own or through the 1+ program’s ( formally the 1% program)  matching process. Re-released in 2016 with updated program information….

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HAYWARD FIREHOUSE CLINIC

September 7, 2016

When City of Hayward and its Fire Department began planning for a new firehouse in the Tennyson neighborhood, they saw an opportunity to implement the county’s vision for a Firehouse Clinic. Firehouse Clinics are an innovation in community health care focused on serving vulnerable, low income, and uninsured individuals and families. Leveraging the trust and…

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To address health care gaps in the safety net particularly among low-income populations, Alameda County Health Care Services has put forth an innovative proposal to co-locate medical clinics at fire stations throughout the County.

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Our eighth case study highlights the work of an ASID interior designer participating in the 1+ program (formally The 1% program) who teamed up with architects for a competition to create a speculative redesign of a hospital in Westchester, New York. CAMA, Inc. and MASS Design Group leave an impression on the industry through their…

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University of Texas School of Architecture’s Center for Sustainable Development collaborated with Public Architecture in 2012 and 2013 to host the Public Interest Design Externship Summer Program. Through post occupancy evaluations conducted by student externs, this collaborative report contributes to the research to better understand the true benefits, effect, and challenges inherent in eight recently…

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Our third case study features the Hawaii Wildlife Center designed by AIA members at Ruhl Walker Architects, a Boston-based firm that has made pro bono service an integral part of design practice. As Hawaii’s first wildlife recovery center, the facility consists of three integrated and sustainably designed components: a wildlife care and response facility, an…

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Scott Cataffa of CMG Landscape Architecture talks about his firm’s proposal to increase the functionality of Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field. In response to Public Architecture’s ResilientSF Design Challenge, CMG imagined a sustainable infrastructure retrofit that would improve the park for events and festivals as well as serve as community asset after an earthquake.

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This guideline resource is intended to support KIPP Schools to make informed decisions concerning its Early Childhood and Elementary School facilities.  As KIPP grows and begins to serve more students at younger ages it is important to gather general best practices employed by KIPP middle schools and high schools, to understand lessons learned from pioneering…

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1% Habitat for Humanity

February 9, 2016

Habitat for Humanity reached out to Public Architecture to explore how they could better engage the design community to improve the design and construction process for their 1400 affiliates across the country. Seeing their request as an opportunity to advocate for quality design as a mechanism to further Habitat’s mission, Public Architecture matched a select…

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