Photo ' Matt Flynn / Smithsonian Institution The Design Other 90 Network is a membership and project database maintained by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. It stems from two major exhibitions organized by the institution. Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is a national membership organization with several local chapters, which, since 1981, has sought to link design with environmental protection, ecological building, peace, and social justice causes. Its flagship program is New Village Press, the first book and media publisher dedicated to community design and development. For information: www.adpsr.org The Association for Community Design is membership-based network of independent and
Photo courtesy Studio 804 Studio 804, a design-build program in the architecture school at the University of Kansas, has completed a number of impressive projects, including the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, Kansas. BaSiC Initiative is a collaboration of faculty and students from Portland State University and the University of Texas at Austin, which deploys students to work on community-based projects around the world. For information: www.basicinitiative.org The Building Project at Yale University, now in its fifth decade, partners first-year graduate students with nonprofit housing organizations, including Common Ground and Habitat for Humanity. For information: www.architecture.yale.edu/ The Carl Small Town
Photo courtesy Hsieh Ying-Chun, Rural Architecture Studio and Atelier 3 Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun won the 2011 Curry Stone Design Prize. The Berkeley Prize, now in its fourteenth year, is a multipart design and writing competition focused on the social art of architecture. The Berkeley Prize is open to undergraduate students worldwide, though it’s focused largely on architecture students. Multiple awards are given, with the annual purse totaling $12,500. Deadline for submissions is each fall. For information: www.berkeleyprize.org The Core77 Design Awards program, now in its second year, has several “progressive project” categories, including “service” and “social impact”; pro bono
Photo courtesy Design Corps The Public Interest Design Institute is a two-day training program coordinated by Design Corps. A recent session at Yale drew speakers such as Anna Heringer and Michael Murphy. The ACD National Conference is held annually by the Associaton for Community Design. The next conference will take place June 7-10, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Theme and registration details have yet to be announced. For information: www.communitydesign.org/events The Design Access Summit is a new convention being launched by Public Architecture, aimed at design, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders. It seeks to highlight the role that design
The design-build studio's latest intervention at Lions Park in Greensboro, Alabama, replaces a much-vandalized playground and is the fifth element designed and constructed at Lions Park by Rural Studio students.
Image courtesy Michael Maltzan Architecture Michael Maltzan Architecture's third project for the Skid Row Housing Trust will connect to its urban context in a variety of ways. For example, the now-under-construction 95,000-square-foot building will incorporate an existing one-story structure slated to house shops and support services for both residents and the larger community. Above this podium, prefabricated apartments will be stacked to define recreational spaces and courtyards, making it the first modularly constructed, multiunit residential building in Los Angeles. ARCHITECT: Michael Maltzan Architecture BUDGET: $19.3 million CONTEXT: When completed in 2013, Star will add 102 apartments to the approximately 1,300