2014 Lecture Series: Mia Scharphie - Public Interest Design
Designers have a powerful skillset -- one that combines thoughtful problem solving with imaginative vision. In the face of today's seemingly intractable social, economic and environmental problems, this holistic perspective is sorely needed. This presentation focuses on the potential of design to catalyze positive environmental and socioeconomic change via the rising public interest design movement, and assesses the possibilities and limitations of design for change. Landscape architect Mia Scharphie will draw on the work of her research collaborative, Proactive Practices, which investigates the strategies, methods, approaches and processes that leaders and pioneers in the emerging field of public interest -- or social impact -- design have employed to build sustainable community-based practices. The lecture will also cover issues of equity within the built environment design field, and strategies for greater inner inclusiveness and justice.