The legacy of Community Design Centers follows the spirit of Whitney M. Young. It is described (here). These centers were tasked to prove that respect for shaping something into something better is more than an object in a place. Many spatial problems do not require a physical solution but a process thoroughly invested in a community facing intractable problems. Planning and design offers tangible results in these two spheres of change. Nevertheless, the politics of architecture required to succeed by combining challenged communities with sustained professional forces is failing. Today, architecture is a profession that contributes to, as well as, awaits disaster by failing to lead with effectiveness and confidence.RLC
The Big Fail
The resources of planning, design, and architecture should be available to all people in society, regardless of economic circumstances. The altruistic instincts of architects are vital to this idea, but these efforts remain organizationally insufficient. The value of design practice as a social enterprise is critical for every community to view a future. Too many communities across the nation have a future that they are unwilling to see. Still, the unique services of planning and design have yet to form the institutional structures essential to the quality of service all people need and urgently required.
The objective of this directory is not exhaustive, but it is a search for a select group of design agents of the “common good” as institution builders, stewards of the environment, and stalwarts against all threats to human dignity. The agents listed here will be explored for their failure while in search of those who have found ways to lead positive community change. The nonprofit practice of planning and architecture as community design is an investment in neighborhoods as the reinvention engine of a city, region, or state. The antagonists with whom a confrontation is necessary are also pursued.
Please find a nonprofit design resource in your community. If you do not, contact us (here) and now.
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