Saturday, September 18, 2010
thanks to some mad drawing skills by suzanne, COMMUNITY BY DESIGN has appeared on the (inter)national scene. the five of us (and suzanne's hands) appear in the drawing above from the cover of the international interior design association PERSPECTIVE magazine...
on the inside cover, suzanne explains...
"i feel our design education is shifting towards a focus on community, both in terms of how we design and who we design for. As design professionals and educators, we recognize that good design exists not as a privilege reserved for the wealthiest among us, but rather for all people. This is a value we must instill in our students, encouraging young designers to engage in their local community while constructing design projects that have a meaningful impact on our neighbors. The illustration is directly inspired by COMMUNITY BY DESIGN, a local collaborative between design students, professionals, and educators."
nicely said...nicely drawn, suzanne...
see more of suzanne's work on her blog: an opensketchbook.com
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
i've also learned that it takes much sustenance to sort through and write stories. today's site for our work: DELICIOUS bakery...and, yes, one cupcake is plenty of sugar intake for the day (but are they ever tasty!). the yellow cake with buttercream frosting = highly recommended.
watching suzanne storyboard our ideas is like observing a master baker at work! her drawings, filled with humor and articulate graphics, will bring a whole additional layer to the COMMUNITY BY DESIGN handbook. TOTAL fun! check out her blog... anopensketchbook.com for all kinds of drawing inspiration, techniques, and generally good design thinking!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
PROJECT : close to home
LENGTH : 1 semester
TYPE : exhibit design
SCALES : complex/intermediate/basic
SKILLS NEEDED : basic building techniques
material qualities and limitations
good knowledge of digital graphic design software
SKILLS LEARNED : professional communication approaches
confidence and competence in design
celebration of local design history
oral history approaches
writing for a specific audience
DELIVERABLES : 2 gallery installations
12 information kiosks throughout the community
KEY IDEAS : teamwork
interpretation of historical data
CORE PARTICIPANTS : 18 third and fourth year design students, 1 faculty
(working with other students and community partners)
TOTAL CONTRIBUTORS : 174 students in 6 classes
34 community members
972 exhibit attendees
2 industry partners
2 community foundations
1 non-profit organization
1 advisory board
1 design review team
COMMUNITY BENEFITS : appreciation for modern design
understanding the work of a local designer in context
the richness of university-community partnerships
sharing stories across generations
suzanne is so good at diagramming that she "converted" each project to a storyboard...she will scan that art and post it in a separate post. book writing is hard work!
our location for this community by design session: CARIBOU COFFEE, friendly center.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
These are a couple of the quick sketches we put together during the meeting to better share our collective vision with the client.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
victoria and i met briefly to talk about the newcomer's project. she's back from italy and FULL OF ENERGY. i'm really excited about this project because victoria's approach to teaching is about the reggio-emelia system of education. well, hey, it's italian, so that's a point in it's favor off the bat. the essential point of the approach is that the ENVIRONMENT IS THE THIRD TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM. um....yeah!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
we're trying to wrap up our recommendations for nccj, including these great sketch drawings by edgar and matt. from our charrette, they further developed the notion of a spine down the central hallway of the space...a display system of sorts on which the organization could proudly display its important work. given that nccj is leasing their office space, we have been cautious about suggesting permanent changes that may not be acceptable to their landlord. as result, we like the notion of a hallway expression that sort of sews together the corridor space in the building, without a significant and lasting intervention on the building envelope.
Friday, July 2, 2010
... a manifesto (largely based on our iar201 manifesto where we took on the bus shelter project)
we value …
… healthy spaces, buildings, neighborhoods, and cities
… integrity, authenticity, innovation, fair exchange, and kindness
… simple responses, thoughtful actions, and grounded decisions
we believe …
… in the spirit of collaboration
… every design represents opportunities for connectivity
… that we embed stories as we do our work
we advocate …
… for good stewardship of earth’s precious resources
… celebration of deeds great and small
… that design can change the world
...the case for COMMUNITY BY DESIGN in a design program
...identifying projects + partners
...putting together the team
...seeking financial support
...managing university relations
...getting the work done
AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, CASE STUDIES OF MORE THAN A DOZEN PROJECTS!
we'll be posting our process as we write on this blog...stay tuned....
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
just like in school, the community by design team tackled the nccj project (after dinner, of course) in the casa cabrera "studio." after discussing the project for a while, we divided into three teams to address different aspects of the project. from the results of our efforts last evening, i'll draft a memo to nccj, reporting on our recommendations.
i'm excited about the ideas we generated because they all, if implemented, help give life and energy to the nccj offices....the goal of the organization in getting us to help them.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
we're in negotiations about how best cxd can assist in the project, fully realizing that there's a significant opportunity for students in iarc to be involved.
i should note here that victoria also has worked with faculty from uncg's department of theatre and department of art....do i smell a multi-disciplinary opportunity? i hope so.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
nccj is located in the "office wing" of the former jewish temple on north greene street. the colonial revival building, to put it mildly, is a little tired, in terms of finishes, but the bones of the building are terrific and offer the opportunity for re-invigoration of the surfaces and finishes. as is the case with many non-profits, nccj is not in a position to be able to dedicate a lot of money to the updating of its offices. it's my hope, though, that they will see the need to use the building to help share an important mission about equality, community activism, and justice in our world.
about a week after our first visit, edgar and i measured up the nccj office while debbie took notes and chatted with alison about needs. i think i impressed edgar by hand-drawing a nearly scaled floor plan of the offices. and while i can draw a darned straight line without a straight edge... i'm no CAD expert, so edgar graciously agreed to put the drawing into form for our use.
that accomplished, our next task was to set a date to work as the community by design team on potential visions for the space.