Published "Game Changer: Sharon Davis Design takes on a life-changing project in Rwanda," on the firm's groundbreaking work with Women for Women International.
Published "From Spontaneous to Strategic: The Rise of Public Interest Design," an invited essay for the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in Architect Magazine.
Published "Public Interest Design: From Idealism to Realism, an infographic designed by Megan Jett, based on research conducted at the University of Minnesota College of Design and supported by Tandus Flooring.
Published "Greg Smith to Goldman Sachs: A new era in Wall Street ethics," as the Rorschach test for what our generation defines as sacred.
Published ""'Kony 2012' and Our Capacity to Evaluate Public Charities," discussing the poor metrics the public and press use to judge the effectiveness of nonprofits.
Published "Calling for a Global Design Service Corps," on the anniversary of the Peace Corps's founding over five decades ago.
Published "The Good List: Resource for Humanitarian Design," a multi-part feature profiling a wide range of entities and opportunities, from nonprofit organizations to fellowships.
Published "How student-built solar homes can help solve US housing and energy crisis," calling on the Department of Energy to reform its decade-old Solar Decathlon or end it.
Published "Why 'The Death of Architecture' May Not Be Such a Bad Thing," linking the fall of architecture to the rise of public interest design, in the way medicine and public health split as fields.
Published "Apple’s Brand Is at Stake as Customers Demand Better Labor Practices," drawing lessons from the recent Komen Foundation debacle as well as Nike's sweatshop struggles in the mid-1990s. UPDATE: Three days after this piece was published, Apple broke its public silence on the matter and announced that the Fair Labor Association would immediately begin conducting unprecedented audits of Apple's supplier, Foxconn, as explained here.
Published "How a Rwandan Hospital Became the Symbol of Public Interest Design," highlighting the work of MASS Design Group, IDEO.org, Project H Design, and several other nonprofit design organizations.
Published "A New Generation Raises the Bar for Public Interest Design," describing the work of Contract's 2012 Designer of the Year, MASS Design Group, in a larger context.
This CNN Opinion piece calls on Apple, CEO Tim Cook, and consumers to demand justice and fair treatment Chinese workers employed by its supplier, Foxconn. To read the full article, click here. UPDATE: Weeks after this piece was published, Apple broke its public silence on the matter and announced that the Fair Labor Association would immediately begin conducting unprecedented audits of Apple's supplier, Foxconn, as explained here.
Published "Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011--for the public good" on Archinect, profiling built projects, new sources of funding, powerful public voices, nonprofit start-ups, and web-based ventures introduced in 2011.
Co-published "Give the Gift of Design this Holiday Season" with William Drenttel of Design Observer, encouraging year-end donations to 10 nonprofit organizations making the world a better place through design.
Published "Can Manhattan's High Line Be Replicated? Several Cities Are Trying," highlighting the Atlanta BeltLine as the next High Line.
Published "Rocco's Landesman's Plan to Revive the Creative Scene in Small Towns & Mid-size Cities," casting the charismatic NEA chairman as the new Richard Florida, as part of the 2011 GOOD 100.
Published "The New Green Architecture: It's About More than the Environment," suggesting SEED (Social/Economic/Environmental Design) is the new LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), as part of the 2011 GOOD 100.
Published "Shelter for those who served," on the unconscionable number of homeless veterans--144,000--in the United States.
Published "10 Tips For Designers (And Anyone Else) Working Pro Bono," advocating that pro bono projects are really no different, no less demanding, and no less important than regular fee-generating work.
Published "Preparing for Earthquakes," recapping the Catastrophe & Consequence: Campaign for Safe Buildings symposium, hosted by the Yale School of Architecture and funded by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
Reviewed Design With the Other 90%: Cities, the Smithsonian / Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's second major exhibition on socially responsible design, on display at the United Nations Headquarters through January 9, 2012.
Reviewed Bridging the Gap: Public-Interest Architectural Internships, a new anthology co-edited by Georgia Bizios and Katie Wakeford.
Published "Architecture's Internship Requirement Needs a Redesign" taking aim at the 35-year old Intern Development Program.
Published "Why Architecture's Identity Problem Should Matter to the Rest of Us," out of concern with the way that the creative skills of architecture graduates are channeled into an overly bureaucratic process, rather than into solving societal challenges.
Published "Steve Jobs and his art of simplicity," on the real creative genius of the late giant--shaping our experiences.
Published "The next growth industry in America? Public-private arts projects," presenting the arts as an economic engine, drawing on the extraordinary success of the High Line in New York and the promise of newly-launched ArtPlace as a vital funder and broker of public/private partnerships nationwide.
Published "Five Myths of Pro Bono Design" to debunk the common assumptions about this virtuous work, starting with the meaning of the term.
Penned "Reflections on Architecture, Community, & Writing" to kick off the fourteenth annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence, an international essay competition about design for the public good.
Co-authored (with Courtney E. Martin), this CNN Opinion piece calls on Apple to start innovating in philanthropy with the same ingenuity, rigor and public bravado that it has brought to its every other venture. To read the full article, click here. UPDATE: Just five days later, Apple announced an employee matching gift program, the few details of which are available here.
Metropolis Magazine kindly republished the text of the commencement address that I delivered on May 16, 2011, to graduates of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Published "Architect Barbie may build a dream home, but she can’t fix a profession" taking aim at The American Institute of Architects' relentless promotion of Mattel's Architect Barbie doll and staging of an Architect Barbie Dream House design contest in the face of gender disparity in the architecture profession and a national housing crisis.
Published "Greg Mortenson and our false ideals about social change" with Courtney E. Martin on the heals of 60 Minutes' startling expose on the work of Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central Asia Institute (CAI) and author of two best-selling books, Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools.