Structures for Inclusion 14



Structures for Inclusion 14 was hosted in New York City at the Parsons New School for Design on March 22 + 23. See below for an overview of the events that took place.



Broadcast: Sharing progress and critical ideas that are moving Public Interest Design forward
Forecast: Projecting your actions forward and asking: “What is the future of Public Interest Design?”

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – Broadcast

Tishman Auditorium

8:30 am to 9:00 am – Registration and Coffee

9:00 am to 9:15 am: Welcome: Joel Towers, Executive Dean Parsons the New School, and Alison Mears, Dean School of Design Strategies

9:15 to 9:35 am: Presentation of SEED Awards

SEED Award Jurors: Bill Morrish (Chair), Esther Yang, and Chris London

9:35 to 9:45am: Remarks by Conference Sponsor 

Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs, National Endowment for the Arts

9:45 to 10:45 am: Panel 1: Political Ecology

Understanding why this emerging field coming from social sciences is key to advancing SFI

Keynote: Professor Chris London (Julian Studley Graduate Program of International Affairs, TNS)

Panel: SEED Awardees: The Potty Project and Manica Football for Hope Centre

11:00 to 12:00: Panel 2: Planning to Stay: Roots of Urban Alchemy

Examining the effects of environmental processes such as violence, rebuilding, segregation, urban renewal, and mismanaged toxins on individual and community health

Keynote: Professor Mindy T. Fullilove. MD ( Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and Parsons the New school fro Design)

Panel: SEED Awardees: Community How-to-Guides and Can City

12:00-1:15pm – LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

12:30 to 1:15: Luncha Kucha

Location: TBD

Bring your lunch and watch lightning presentations of 20 slides in 20 seconds. Session will feature five inspiring Public Interest Design projects.

1:15-1:30pm: Special announcement of new PID funding opportunities

1:30 to 2:30: Panel 3 | Co-Habitation Strategies

Exploring interventions and strategies in uneven urbanization and areas of social urban conflict

Keynote: Professors David Harvey (NYU) and Miguel Robles-Duran (SDS, Parsons TNS)

Panel: SEED Awardees: Comunidad Ecologica Saludable and TAEQ Green Building Headquarters

2:45 to 3:45pm: Workshop Session #1


  • Best PID Projects and Practices
  • Political Ecology
  • Planning to Stay
  • CoHabitation Strategies

4:00 to 5:00pm: Workshop Session #2


  • Best PID Projects and Practices
  • Political Ecology
  • Planning to Stay
  • CoHabitation Strategies


SUNDAY, MARCH 23 – Forecast

Tishman Auditorium

9:00am to 9:30am – Coffee + Registration

9:30 to 10:30

SEEDfunds Announcement

Autodesk Announcement

Open Forum

Breakout Session #1: 10:40 to 11:30, Tracks 1 and 2

Breakout Session #2: 11:40 to 12:30, Tracks 1 and 2

Sunday Breakout Session Full Descriptions here.

Breakouts will feature leaders in the field of Public Interest Design and a diversity of projects presenting in one of the following tracks:

  • Track 1: What is the future of PID? – Join emerging and veteran Public Interest Designers to explore and discuss the future of Public Interest Design. Where are we going as a field? What is your personal vision for Public Interest Design? How will we use design to tackle critical issues?
  • Track 2: What to do Monday? Tools for PID – Learn practical tools to use after the conference from PID designers

Breakout Sessions #1: 10:40-11:30am

Track 1: What is the future of Public Interest Design

  • Community Interface Committee: A Prototype for a New AIA Knowledge Community about Public Interest Design / session led by AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
  • Engaged Process: What makes public interest design different / session led by Iowa State University Community Design Lab
  • “Public Interest Design:” Reality Check: Who You Are – What You’re After – Points of Entry / session led by Ellen B. Rudolph
  • “Glocalization” in Public Interest Design: Global Resources and Local Solutions / session led by Neighborhood Design Center
  • Social Impact Design and Social Justice  / session includes the Surdna Foundation, Hester Street Collaborative and Asian Americans for Equality

Track 2: Tools / What to do Monday?

  • Effective Communication between Architects and Clients  Community / session led by University of Michigan
  • Panel: The Business of Doing Goodsession led by LS3P Associates
  • It’s Monday, Now Get To Work / session led by Inscape Publico
  • Evaluating Projects, Measuring Success: The SEED Tool, Awards and Funds / session led by Bryan Bell, Design Corps and SEED Network

Breakout Session #2:  11:40-12:30pm

Track 1: What is the future of Public Interest Design

  • Engaging women and communities in developing / session led by Anita Shankar, Johns Hopkins University
  • Future of the Social Impact Job Market / session led by John Peterson, Public Architecture
  • Emerging Models of Public Interest Design: Strategies, Methods and Tactics / session led by Mia Scharphie, Nick McClintock and Gilad Meron  Proactive Practices
  • Strengthening the Sustainability-Resilience Paradigm: Design Considerations for Enduring Organizations / session led by Chris Harnish, Philadelphia University
  • Pencils + Post-its / session led by Farana Gandhi, Principal, FG Design Studio + Professor, New York Institute of Technology 

Track 2: Tools / What to do Monday?

  • “Scoping” a Successful Pro Bono Project / session led by Neighborhood Design Center
  • Beyond Design-Build / session led by Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University
  • Diverse Tools for Broad Engagement / session led by Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Respecting Cultural Diversity / session led by Jamie Blosser, Sustainable Native Community Collaborative

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