OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER COMMUNITY-DRIVEN SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN

Plan Selva Plan Selva How can design address the problem of education for internally neglected communities? Plan Selva is the Peruvian Education Ministry’s plan to bring quality education to remote regions. The result self-empowers indigenous people to cultivate their knowledge and live productively in the Amazon. How can design address the problem of education for internally neglected communities? Heritage Foundation of Pakistan Heritage Foundation of Pakistan Can post disaster housing be sustainable and respectful of local vernacular? The Heritage Foundation of Pakistan is one of the world’s most successful providers of sustainable, resilient disaster relief structures. They are also involved in historic conservation projects in Pakistani villages. Can post disaster housing be sustainable and respectful of local vernacular? Urban poetry Karelle Menine and Ruedi Baur, Mons, Belgien, 2014. Civic City Can graphic arts be an agent of political change? The team of Vera & Ruedi Baur / Civic City are widely credited with launching a wave of political activism within the fields of graphic design and its allied professions. Can graphic arts be an agent of political change? Theaster Gates Theaster Gates Can we design community engagement? Theaster Gates is an artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator. His projects catalyze social engagement and political change. Gates’ studio practice works in tandem with urban interventions integrating art and community regeneration. Can we design community engagement? Harare Urban Park, 2009. Image Credit: Bruce Sutherland, CoCT Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading Can urban upgrading reduce crime? In Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) uses urban planning to fight crime, developing interventions in high-crime spots. They create decent, livable communities through local planning. Can urban upgrading reduce crime?

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The Curry Stone Design Collaborative is a design studio that equips underserved and marginalized communities with methods to design, develop and improve their own built environments.

Launched in India in 2016, CSDC is a true collective of social design practices, architects and civic planners that work collaboratively with communities in need.

Learn more about CSDC and our process of community driven social design here.

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Hosted by Eric Cesal, Produced by Baruch Zeichner.

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IN MEMORIAM

Jockin Arputham dedicated his life to working with slum dwellers to build representative organizations into powerful partnerships with governments and international agencies for the betterment of urban living.

Mr. Jockin Arputham

We are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and incredible humanitarian Mr. Jockin Arputham.

Jockin dedicated his life to working with slum dwellers to build representative organizations into powerful partnerships with governments and international agencies for the betterment of urban living. Arputham was the president of the National Slum Dwellers Federation which he founded in the 70s and of Slum Dwellers International which is now a network of slum and shack dweller organizations and federations from over twenty countries across the world.

The National Slum Dwellers Federation works closely with Mahila Milan, a collective of savings groups formed by homeless women and women living in slums across India, and with SPARC, a Mumbai-based NGO that was awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize for their instrumental work in supporting tens of thousands of the urban poor access housing and sanitation throughout India.

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