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The Civic Heart of Central Avenue

Once a thriving hub of African-American culture, this blighted South Los Angeles neighborhood is on the mend.

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The Beautiful Game

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Rise of Coworking and its Influence on Social Innovation

How the idea of connecting like-minded social entrepreneurs went from concept to global network in a decade.

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Policy, Meet Design

FOR GENERATIONS, COMMUNICATION DESIGNERS have worked for clients within every industry and increasingly, these designers are collaborating with their clients as partners rather than service providers.

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Public Speaking

I work for the Chicago Park District, so my PUBLIC is Chicago. Chicago has over 500 parks, so every resident has nearby access to a park in their neighborhood. Over 200 of these parks have field houses, where recreational and cultural programming is held for all ages.

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On Stable Ground: Learning Lessons from Eathrquake Recovey Around the Globe

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Nakuru Project

Built with a diverse group from a small Kikuyu community in the rapidly developing agricultural outskirts of Nakuru, Kenya, humanitarian design organization, Orkidstudio, have recently completed a new home which will house local disadvantaged and abandoned children. Challenging the typology of the typical African orphanage where children sleep en mass...

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How Civics is Permeating Tech

IF YOU’VE EVER HAD TO PULL A BUILDING PERMIT, apply for unemployment, or even just renew your driver’s license, you’ve probably been frustrated by your interaction with the government. These seemingly mundane transactions frame the majority of our experience with government services.

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Green Roofs

IMAGINE A NEW BUILDING that has the power to transform a neighborhood, to provide a safe place for people of all ages to congregate, to promote sustainable solutions, to serve as an example for civic engagement, and to spur economic development on its surrounding streets.

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Designers Lets Get Organized | Garret Jacob’s call to arms

I have been organizing in the Public Interest Design realm for over three years, most recently as the Acting Chair of the Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network. This movement continues to grow as many young designers emerge from school with the intention to do good within their local communities.

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