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aae conference 2017: architecture connects

International peer reviewed conference of the association of architectural educators

6-9 September 2017

Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Oxford. UK.


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.



Interview by the Curry Stone Foundation: Can Design Education Promote Social Justice?

Podcast by the Curry Stone Foundation: Emiliano Gandolfi and Eric Cesal

Epiode 68: Bringing Designers Together, Pt. I

Sergio Palleroni and Jane Anderson offer a history of the collective effort to establish a global network of social design teachers and practitionersEpisode 69:

Epiode 69: Bringing Designers Together, Pt. II

Ursula Hartig and Bryan Bell offer us a glimpse into how Design for the Common Good can provide resources to practitioners and educators across the

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All-inclusive engagement in architecture I Publication - Call for Projects

Eight projects on the topic of All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture will be selected by peer-review and will be included in an upcoming publication edited by Farhana Ferdous and Bryan Bell.

The case studies sought should portray socially engaged architecture as a broad intellectual project that proposes and presents novel innovative modes of architectural production that serve through architecture a multitude of “others” -- the poor, victims, the famished, the homeless, refugees, insurgents. The book terms this work, taken as a whole, all-inclusive engagement.

more information: https://easychair.org/cfp/Publication_Call_for_Case_Studies_All_Inclusive_Engagement_2018

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Design for the Common Good - a network of networks

On Thursday 7 September at 3.20pm representatives of SEED, Live Projects network and dbXchange.eu will present Design for the Common Good, a network of networks at the aae conference 2017 at Oxford Brookes University. 


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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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