SFI 15 Include Yourself

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Structures for Inclusion SFI 15 Detroit
Resilience of Mind, Body, and Spirit
Call for Presentations

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

The SFI 15 conference committee is accepting 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.

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.

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

Seven theme areas are available for submission:

PechaKucha-style Presentations (20 slides)
•Learn All About Detroit
•Public Interest Design Luncha Kucha
Break-out Sessions (60 minutes)
•Best Public Interest Design Projects and Practices (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
•To advance public interest design practices that are socially responsive, inclusive, and ethical
•To address social, economic and environmental justice and equality
•To generate ideas that will promote “resilience of community, mind, body and spirit.”

Submission Format
Authors should prepare 500-word abstracts, with up to 3 supporting images, for blind peer review by the committee. Three reviewers will evaluate each abstract. Selected authors will develop presentations and submit them by April 4, 2015, prior to presentation at the SFI 15 in Detroit. Submissions should include:
•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

Submissions are now under review. We will announce selected applicants soon.

•Deadline to submit a presentation proposal: February 21, 2015
•Notification of selections: February 28, 2015
•Deadline to submit final presentation: April 4, 2015
•Conference presentations: April 11-12, 2015

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to share their work and ideas at an international showcase, and will receive free conference registration for themselves and five colleagues/friends/relatives.

For Inquiry: Joongsub Kim – jkim@ltu.edu / Bryan Bell – bryan@designcorps.org.

Register for SFI 15 here.

SFI 15 is sponsored by Lawrence Technological University (LTU), and Design Corps. Funding is provided by LTU and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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