As part of the same-title session at the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Ed Orlowski, associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University, shared a brief presentation about organizing college and graduate-level students to respond to real-world design challenges posed by local community groups. There is much in Orlowski's approach that echoes the work of traditional K-12 architectural organizations, but, of course, his Activist Architecture and Design Studio course at LTU deals with emerging designers in higher education.
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At the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Jill Farley and Patrick Miner of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) led a breakout session on "Developing Your Organization's Digital Content Marketing Strategy." Content marketing focuses on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience. This presentation uses CAF's new website as a case study to demonstrate the challenges and opportunities that content marketing presents. Don't miss the valuable list of online resources at the end of the slideshow.
As part of the same-title session at the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Helen Slade, architect, educator and co-founder of the Chicago-based design collective, Territory, shared a brief presentation about organizing high school students to respond to real-world design challenges posed by local community groups.
As host of the International Directors Council meeting (aka large organizations round table) at the 2015 Design Matters Conference in Chicago, IL, Kent Martinussen (CEO, Danish Architecture Centre) shared an overview of several architectural organizations practicing in Asia and Europe. The talk emphasized the recent proliferation of architectural organizations globally, and enumerated some of the unique hybrid roles being asked of these organizations by both the design industry as well as government agencies.
Lyla Catellier, the Coordinator of Public Engagement at the Chicago Archtecture Foundation, presented a snapshot of the annual CAF Scavenger Hunt at the 2015 Design Matters Conference in Chicago, IL. These slides provide an overview of the audience statistics and number of sites, as well as a high level look at the outcomes from the event.
Mark Hinshaw, FAIA, FAICP, Principal at Walker Macy, presented a participatory planning project in Port Angeles, Washington as a case study during the 2015 Design Matters Conference. This photo slideshow gives a glimpse into the process behind placemaking efforts at this public harbor walk.
Kieran Long, Keeper of the Design, Architecture, and Digital Department at the V&A, served as the opening keynote of the 2015 Design Matters Conference. The photos in this slideshow illustrate the power of everyday objects to tell meaningful stories. The slides show Kieran's approach to collecting, the V&A's history of welcoming all types of visitors, and a hint of what the new V&A outpost in East London will be.
Megan Canning (Design Trust for Public Space) presented on the Role of the Fellowship at the 2015 Design Matters Conference. This PDF is packed with information on how the Design Trust defines fellows, recruits them, and involves them in their projects. Using the "Under the Elevated" project as an example, the slides show the output from the five fellowships, and how engaging professionals can enrich your organization's process. Also see the Call for Fellows PDF below.
At the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Jake Barton (founder of award-winning interactive media firm Local Projects) shared his thoughts on new and meaningful ways to encourage people to interact with educational content and each other. Browse the slideshow to see examples of his projects, including StoryCorps, the 9/11 Museum, and interactives for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
In this 2015 Design Matters Conference breakout session, Jen Masengarb (Chicago Architecture Foundation) and Shawn Allee (WBEZ Chicago Public Media) led a discussion about the value of collaborations with Curious City as a case study. These radio stories originate with the public’s questions about Chicago, the region, and its people – past or present, air on Chicago's major public radio station, and with CAF's Masengarb as content expert and co-reporter.