“GREAT ARCHITECTURE TO GREAT EFFECT”

Jordan MacTavish via Harvard Magazine

Check out this article discussing public interest design past, present, and future, in Harvard Magazine’s March-April 2015 issue by Stephanie Garlock. (Thanks for sharing Public Architecture!)

Quotes from the article:

“When it [architecture] only becomes about sculpture, it loses the key asset of architecture, which is that it can add tremendous value to people’s lives.” – Michael Murphy

“I became very interested in the opportunities that the design of the built environment had for achieving social outcomes.” – John Peterson

“If you can find what the aspirations of a community are, and you can use the design process to bring that forward, then you can do extraordinary things with your discipline.” – Maurice Cox

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CHANGING THE WORLD 1% AT A TIME

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Image from the 1% Program

The 1% Program just announced that 1,300 design firms have signed up. These firms have pledged to donate 1% of their time annually, to providing pro bono services to nonprofits and communities in need. Combined, that is $50 million worth of design services provided at no fee or reduced fee. Nonprofits can register with the 1% Program to receive these free or reduced design services. Design firms can register and make their pledge.

Read the Handbook for Designers and the Handbook for Nonprofits. See more announcements on the Public Architecture blog.