Truth in Numbers

METROPOLIS: They call it their rallying cry: architects design just 2 percent of American homes, a figure that logs five mentions in the new advocacy treatise Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis Books). Its inverse, “Designing for the 98% Without Architects,” was the title of Design Corps’ 2000 conference and serves as a working motto […]

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AIA Prize Given for “Public Interest Practices” Study

ARCHITECT: The AIA’s 2011 Latrobe Prize has been awarded to a team investigating “Public Interest Practice in Architecture.” The $100,000 grant goes to Bryan Bell, executive director of Design Corps; Roberta Feldman, professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Sergio Palleroni, senior fellow for the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University; and David Perkes, […]

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Good Design

Harvard Magazine: Good Design, A public interest movement redefines architecture In June 1968, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) invited civil-rights leader Whitney Young Jr. to speak at its national convention. Just two months earlier, riots had devastated dozens of American downtowns in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. AIA members wanted to […]

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