As we experience shifts in design practice and pedagogy following a period of introspection, many of us find ourselves collectively questioning our approaches to work. While we may find ourselves committed to doing better, committed to doing more, and playing our part in building the world we wish to see and want to live in, it remains difficult to gauge progress, especially with regards to social outcomes.
Amidst the current buzzwords of diversity, equity, aequitability, participatory design, co-design, and socially-conscious design, which appear to be thrown around with ease, how can we practice community-based design in earnest? How can we start to shift this meaningful work from something a small subset of the profession engages with to an integral component of all modes of practice, “traditional” or otherwise? How can design professionals honestly approach and leverage community engagement as an integral design tool? How can designers assess the social impacts of their projects and how can we establish lasting feedback loops—from intent to impact to applying lessons learned?
“Intent to Impact: Approaches to Community-Based Design” will bring in voices from Greater Good Studio, Open Architecture Collaborative, OLIN Labs, MIXdesign, and others to highlight innovative approaches to community-based and inclusive design to create practices rooted in equity, and explore how we can leverage community engagement as an integral design tool.
Leading the event from this years Civic Leadership Program (CLP) class are Anne Chen, Brooke Dexter, Nasra Nimaga, Philip Poon, and Gwendolyn Stegall.
George Aye, Co-Founder and Director of Innovation, Greater Good Studio
Shalini Agrawal, Director of Programs, Open Architecture Collaborative & Founder, Public Design for Equity