Introduction

Structures for Inclusion 15 Conference will be in Detroit on April 11 + 12, 2015 | “Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit,”

The conference will showcase design that is community-based, and to discuss how to offer architectural services that are valuable, affordable and accessible to the general public.

Important Links

Register for Conference here 

Submit proposal here

Press Release

Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI): Coming to Detroit!
PIDI website
PIDI Detroit website



Purpose:
The purpose of this conference is to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served by architecture. These efforts are quite rich and diverse but are grounded on two common beliefs, as suggested by Bell, who stated, “Communities and individuals should be included in the design decisions that affect them,” and “Architects and communities should work together to identify their shared values and goals in the collaborative process of defining quality design.”


Location:
Bringing this prestigious conference to Detroit in Spring 2015 to be hosted by Lawrence Technological University is quite fitting given (i) Detroit’s position at a historic crossroad; (ii) LTU’s faculty research and work centers around community-based and socially responsive approaches as a core studio and course concern; and (iii) the recent National Architectural Accrediting Board commendation on Community Responsibility and Public Good that LTU received. Moreover timing couldn’t be better as SFI 15 will be the first time for the conference to be held in Detroit and as it inaugurates LTU’s Detroit Center for Design and Technology (DCDT) as a key asset in Detroit and a wider academic community.


Theme:
“Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit,” the theme of SFI 15, serves to position LTU’s identity within SFI and Detroit. Mind (e.g., Detroiters’ attitudes towards the city’s significant challenges); Body (Detroit’s creative economy such as social entrepreneurship and grassroots physical interventions), and Spirit (“Detroit’s Psyche”) will not only help put Detroit at the center of the world stage, but also spotlight an area of LTU’s strength, to an international community of academics, scholars, practitioners, and potential students. Various workshops and presentations will be organized by LTU faculty and students in partnership with other key players to further explore the theme of SFI 15.


Presenters:
Presenters at the Structures for Inclusion conference, all of whom are highly accomplished practitioners or scholars, come from many parts of the world. The conference has become internationally recognized as a thought-provoking forum to learn about grass roots efforts and alternative practices making architecture more accessible. The first Structures for Inclusion conference was held at Princeton University in 2000. Since then it has been hosted at various universities including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and the Parsons New School for Design among others.

Presenters at the Structures for Inclusion conference will be selected through an open competition to search for best practices and projects of practitioners and scholars, both local and from all over the world.

Conference Committee:

Amy Green Deines, Assoc. AIA, IIDA
Joongsub Kim, PhD, AIA, AICP
Edward Orlowski, AIA
Scott Gerald Shall, AIA

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.

Background:

In October of 2000, Design Corps, a community based non-profit organization, sponsored a conference at Princeton University. The purpose of this conference is to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served and underserved by architecture. These efforts are often grounded on two common beliefs that communities and individuals should be included in the design decisions that affect them and architects and communities should work together to identify their shared values and goals in the collaborative process of defining quality design. Since the first SFI at Princeton University, it has been hosted at various institutions including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and the Parsons New School for Design among others. The conference has become internationally recognized as a thought-provoking forum to learn about grass roots efforts and alternative practices making architecture more accessible.

 

“Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit,” the theme of SFI 15, serves to position the value of SFI within Detroit and other resilient cities. Mind (e.g., attitudes towards the city’s significant challenges); Body (e.g., creative economies such as social entrepreneurship and grassroots physical interventions), and Spirit (e.g., a city’s psyche and sense of itself) will advance the mission of SFI.

 

The conference committee invites abstracts for a two-day conference to be held in Detroit on April 11 and 12, 2015. This conference explores the methods of offering design services that are valuable, affordable and accessible to the general public. Practitioners, non-profit organizations, students and faculty in arts, design, architecture, landscape architecture, social entrepreneurship, and other areas related to public interest design are encouraged to submit abstracts.

 

Seven theme areas are available for submission:

  • Learn All About Detroit Presentations (PechaKucha-style presentations)
  • Public Interest Design Luncha Kucha (PechaKucha-style presentations)
  • Best Public Interest Design Projects and Practices (Focus on Resilience)
  • Best Public Interest Design Projects and Practices (US Examples)
  • Best Public Interest Design Projects and Practices (International Examples)
  • What to do Monday? Tools for Public Interest Design Practices
  • How to Educate Students About Public Interest Design and Resilience

 

Selection criteria:

Selection of presenters will be based upon several criteria. We seek projects that:

  • Advance public interest design practices that are socially responsive, inclusive, and ethical;
  • Address social, economic and environmental justice and equality; and
  • Generate ideas that will promote “resilience of community, mind, body and spirit.”

 

Authors should prepare 500-words abstracts, with up to 3 supporting images, for blind peer review by the committee. Three reviewers will evaluate each abstract Accepted authors will develop presentations and submit them to the SFI website (and their appointed session chairs) by April 4, 2015, prior to presentation at the SFI15 Conference in Detroit.

 

Presentation proposals should be in the following format:

  • Name of project(s) and its location(s)
  • Project intention/program
  • Relevance to the conference theme (Public Interest Design and Resilience)
  • Community participation process, team description and involvement
  • Project outcomes, lessons learned

 

Schedule:

  • Deadline to Submit a Presentation Proposal (through the SFI website): February 21, 2015
  • Notification of Selections: February 28, 2015
  • Deadline to Submit a Final Presentation (through the SFI website): April 4, 2015
  • Conference Presentations: April 11-12, 2015
 SEED AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN

Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) announce that six projects have been selected as winners of the SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design through a competitive jury process.

 

The SEED Award winning projects are:

• Lakota Nation Building at the Keya Wakpala Development - South Dakota, USA

• El Guadual Early Youth Development Center - Cauca, Colombia

• Parque Urbano e Instituto Sitie [Urban Park and Institute Site] - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

• A jam manufactory for NAXII - Oaxaca, Mexico

• Studio H Collaborative Research Project - California, USA

• Rwinkavu Operating Rooms and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (OR / NICU) - Kayonza, Rwanda

 

The SEED Award recognizes designs that address the critical social, economic, and environmental issues in the world. Winners were selected by an esteemed jury based on the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness
  • Excellence
  • Inclusiveness
  • Impactful
  • Systemic and Participatory

 

The jury members were:

  • Susan Szenasy, Publisher / Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
  • Wes Janz, Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, Founder of onesmallproject.org
  • Cathy Lang Ho, Writer, Curator, Contributing Editor to Architect magazine, Commissioner of U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012)
  • Jason Roberts, Creative Director of Team Better Block

 

The projects will be presented by their team members at the fifteenth annual Structures for Inclusion conference, co-hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Detroit, Michigan on April 11 and 12, 2015.

 Structures for Inclusion (SFI) is a series of national conferences on public service architecture and community design. Each year, Design Corps, in association with a local nonprofit organization or school, convenes this international conference of diverse stakeholders to focuses attention on design practitioners and projects helping to overcome longstanding challenges in under-resourced communities. From its inception in 2000, the goals of the SFI conference has been to showcase design efforts that serve a diverse clientele by presenting inspiring projects, pathways to pursue alternative community-based work, and evidence of the positive impact of this work. Funding for the awards and conference are provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Surdna Foundation.

 

 The jury also awarded five Honorable Mentions to:

• Tagal Hut - Sabah, Malaysia

• Project RE_ - Pennsylvania, USA

• Atzompa pottery tradition: challenges and opportunity - Oaxaca, Mexico

• Puriflume – Pennsylvania, USA • Walk [Your City] - North Carolina, USA

As a juror for the 2015 SEED Awards, I was gratified to see that socially conscious, public interest design has reached a new, and ever higher plateau of excellence and relevance. From sophisticated and multi-disciplinary research that enriches a program to a deep awareness of local resources, history, culture, and community, the projects we singled out for their Excellence are truly representative of design at its best, designs that are relevant, sensitive to human an environmental needs, and will contribute to their users' well-being for years to come.                                                                                         - Susan Szenasy, Chair of the Jury

 design corps logoDesign Corps was founded in 1991 to create positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. It provides design and planning services through its SEED Network. Each year Design Corps, in association with a local nonprofit organization or school, hosts the SFI conference to focus attention on design practitioners and projects helping to overcome longstanding challenges in under-resourced communities. 

 

LTU LogoLawrence Technological University, (www.ltu.edu), is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.
                   

Joongsub Kim

ikim@ltu.edu

 

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Bryan Bell

bryan@designcorps.org

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 SEED AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN

Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) announce that six projects have been selected as winners of the SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design through a competitive jury process.

 

The SEED Award winning projects are:

• Lakota Nation Building at the Keya Wakpala Development - South Dakota, USA

• El Guadual Early Youth Development Center - Cauca, Colombia

• Parque Urbano e Instituto Sitie [Urban Park and Institute Site] - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

• A jam manufactory for NAXII - Oaxaca, Mexico

• Studio H Collaborative Research Project - California, USA

• Rwinkavu Operating Rooms and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (OR / NICU) - Kayonza, Rwanda

 

The SEED Award recognizes designs that address the critical social, economic, and environmental issues in the world. Winners were selected by an esteemed jury based on the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness
  • Excellence
  • Inclusiveness
  • Impactful
  • Systemic and Participatory

 

The jury members were:

  • Susan Szenasy, Publisher / Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
  • Wes Janz, Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, Founder of onesmallproject.org
  • Cathy Lang Ho, Writer, Curator, Contributing Editor to Architect magazine, Commissioner of U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012)
  • Jason Roberts, Creative Director of Team Better Block

 

The projects will be presented by their team members at the fifteenth annual Structures for Inclusion conference, co-hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Detroit, Michigan on April 11 and 12, 2015.

 Structures for Inclusion (SFI) is a series of national conferences on public service architecture and community design. Each year, Design Corps, in association with a local nonprofit organization or school, convenes this international conference of diverse stakeholders to focuses attention on design practitioners and projects helping to overcome longstanding challenges in under-resourced communities. From its inception in 2000, the goals of the SFI conference has been to showcase design efforts that serve a diverse clientele by presenting inspiring projects, pathways to pursue alternative community-based work, and evidence of the positive impact of this work. Funding for the awards and conference are provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Surdna Foundation.

 

 The jury also awarded five Honorable Mentions to:

• Tagal Hut - Sabah, Malaysia

• Project RE_ - Pennsylvania, USA

• Atzompa pottery tradition: challenges and opportunity - Oaxaca, Mexico

• Puriflume – Pennsylvania, USA • Walk [Your City] - North Carolina, USA

As a juror for the 2015 SEED Awards, I was gratified to see that socially conscious, public interest design has reached a new, and ever higher plateau of excellence and relevance. From sophisticated and multi-disciplinary research that enriches a program to a deep awareness of local resources, history, culture, and community, the projects we singled out for their Excellence are truly representative of design at its best, designs that are relevant, sensitive to human an environmental needs, and will contribute to their users' well-being for years to come.                                                                                         - Susan Szenasy, Chair of the Jury