The College of Design at the University of Minnesota has joined with publicinterestdesign.org for the first-ever Public Design Week. It will be held from March 19– 24 on the university’s Minneapolis campus. With a focus on the human-centered approach for design service delivery that aim to improve lives, the week-long series of events will bring public interest design leaders from across the U.S. and around the world.
“This will be one of the largest gatherings of people involved in the public interest design movement and will feature some of the best work going on locally, nationally, and internationally in this field,” says the College of Design’s Dean Thomas Fisher. “Our college has played a leadership role in this emerging discipline, and this week-long series of events demonstrates that commitment.”
In addition to keynotes from New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and D-Rev: Design Revolution CEO Krista Donaldson, PhD, events will include:
- Shelter: Connect. A media and storytelling workshop, filmmakers from DocuCinema and the Shelter Media Project give attendees tools and information-sharing platforms to amplify public interest design work.
- Affordable Housing Design Forum. Leaders in affordable housing design and community development share best practices as part of the Enterprise Community Partners program.
- Public Interest Design Institute. A Design Corps training program focused on architecture and design students and professionals explores methods of how to engage communities in the design process.
- Social/Economic/Environmental Design Awards. The third annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design will recognize and showcase six finalist projects from Kenya, Indonesia, Sudan, and the U.S.
- Structures for Inclusion (SFI). Launched in 200 by Design Corps, the 13th annual traveling conference will present and discuss design projects and career paths in public interest design under the theme of “Dignifying Design.”
Publicinterestdesign.org founder John Cary, who is chairing the week of events, believes that designers could use a better toolbox of skills in public interest design. “Building on the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Meeting earlier this year, we will focus on ‘designing for impact,’ including for individual needs, our environments, and the social systems shaping our world.”
Registration for Public Design Week and related events will open in January. For more information, visit publicinterestdesign.org/events/week.