Public Interest Design Institute workshop in our fair city…

A big shout out to my colleague Nadia Anderson, whose Community Design Lab here at Iowa State has been working with local towns and neighborhoods to build a better social world…CDL has been instrumental in bringing one of several Public Interest Design workshops to Ames on 6-7 March this year–an amazing thing given that PID’s other locations this year include Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Detroit.  From the announcement:

The Institute will provide design and planning professionals with in-depth study on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design. The curriculum is formed around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) metric, a set of standards that outline the process and principles of this growing approach to design. This process provides a step-by-step aid for those who want to undertake public interest design. Certification in the SEED process will be given.”

Registration is here, more information on the PID is here.  This promises to be an outstanding opportunity for folks in community design, government, architecture, preservation, and citizens to talk to one another and think big.  (And to be the first on your block to be SEED certified…a long overdue counterpart to that other certification…)

Other sponsors include Design Corps and AIA Iowa.