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On this platform you can exchange information about DesignBuild activities, promote your projects, organisation and your own expertise, search and offer literature, initiate collaboration, look for support, find answers to questions about pedagogy, logistics, liabilities, funding and construction.

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News / Events


Building on the Common Ground: Conference, PIDI and SFI 17 in Portland

Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), dbXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the are pleased to announce the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards and co-hosted Structures for Inclusion conference.

Invitation to enter the World Habitat Awards 2017-18

Every year two outstanding housing projects are selected as winners of the World Habitat Awards. Entries are now open for the 2017-18 awards. We are looking for housing projects and approaches which:  

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world
  • can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate
  • are already being implemented or are completed, i.e. not at design stage or very early stages of development
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.

The winning projects will receive a £10,000 prize and international recognition for their achievements along with the chance to attend an award ceremony at a global UN event in 2018.
All entries must be received by 1 March 2017. 

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Previous winners and finalists

Wissenskooperation NaBEK_

Discussion, lectures and wokshops related to sustainable disaster management and development aid.


VENUE: humantektur I  Ganghoferstr. 2 | 12043 Berlin

DATE: Berlin, April, 29-30th


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KITCHEN-HUB Inauguration in Berlin

Opening: 27.11.2015 I 5 pm
Rossbachstr. 6, Berlin Schöneberg


Presentations: 5 pm – 6.30 pm
Food & Live Music: From 6.30 pm

Über den Tellerrand e.V. and CoCoon announce the opening of the KITCHEN-HUB, a place of mutual exchange between refugees and locals.

The KITCHEN-HUB is a DesignBuild project and was realized in close collaboration with Habitat Unit building on the experiences and outcomes of the Design Studio Refugees in the City at the TU Berlin.



Announcing the winners of the 2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards

Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), designbuildXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design, are pleased to announce the 2017 Awards winners to recognize excellence in public interest design.

Two winners were selected from each of the three networks to exemplify each network’s public interest design principles.

Press Release 2017 Award Winners

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Call for Papers “Building on the Common Ground”

Application Deadline:

3 February 2017 – Deadline for abstract submission for Paper proposals.
13 February 2017 – Notification of acceptance for Papers and Workshops.
7 April 2017 – Paper Presentations at Conference
21 April 2017 – Deadline for submission of Full Papers. Note

For seventeen years, the purpose of the SFI conference has been to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served by the design professions. Continuing that tradition, Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), DesignBuildXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design at the Portland State University School of Architecture, are pleased to announce the Structures for Inclusion conference call for papers.

Venue: Portland State University, USA

Registration: https://designcorps.org/sfi/

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Call For Papers: „Architecture Connects" - aae 2017 conference

International Peer Reviewed Conference
6-9 September 2017, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
Architecture Connects is an international peer reviewed conference on the theme of architectural education and research that collaborates with people, organisations and other disciplines in real world contexts for their mutual benefit. This includes any external collaboration that engages academics and students in learning, practice or research in order to create new knowledge. The Call For Papers includes Papers, Workshops, Case Studies and Films.
Call for papers: https://aaeconference2017.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
For more information please visit the aae 2017 conference website: https://aaeconference2017.wordpress.com/
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HANDS ON, June 1-3, 2016 Vienna

on  academic designbuild  studios

The registration for the conference and the excursion will be available end of April 2016.

Fees will be:

Conference (June 1-2, incl. coffee + snacks): € 15,00
Meals with speakers at conference (dinner June 1 + lunch June 2): € 50,00
Excursion (June 3, bus tour incl. Austrian Heurigen-lunch): € 30

Full conference package: € 95,00

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New Publication: Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook

Edited by Lisa M. Abendroth, Bryan Bell: Routledge – 2015 – 364 pages
The first book to demonstrate that public interest design has emerged as a distinct profession. It provides clear professional standards of practice following SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology, the first step-by-step process supporting public interest designers. The book features an Issues Index composed of ninety critical social, economic, and environmental issues, illustrated with thirty case study projects representing eighteen countries and four continents, all cross-referenced, to show you how every human issue is a design issue.
Contributions from Thomas Fisher, Heather Fleming and David Kaisel, Michael Cohen, Michael P. Murphy Jr. and Alan Ricks, and over twenty others cover topics such as professional responsibility, public interest design business development, design evaluation, and capacity building through scaling, along with many more. Themes including public participation, issue-based design, and assessment are referenced throughout the book and provide benchmarks toward an informed practice. This comprehensive manual also contains a glossary, an appendix of engagement methods, a case study locator atlas, and a reading list. Whether you are working in the field of architecture, urban planning, industrial design, landscape architecture, or communication design, this book empowers you to create community-centered environments, products, and systems.
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