There is a legacy of Design Centers that follows the spirit of Whitney M. Young. It is described (here). These centers were charged by Young with proving 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 so thoroughly invested in a community and design that it produces a heritage. The resources of design, planning, 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 the design as a social enterprise is critical for a community. Still, it has yet to form the institutional structures essential to the quality of service all people need.
The objective of this directory is exhaustive, but it is a search for a select group of design agents searching for 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 say on the path that leads to community. The nonprofit practice of planning and architecture as community design is an investment in neighborhoods as the reinvention engines of a city, region, or state. The antagonists with whom a confrontation is necessary are also sought.
Please find a nonprofit design resource in your community. If you do not, contact us (here) and now.
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