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Saturday, June 9 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
A Framework for Social Design Projects

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Excuse our Dust

The social value created by public interest design is notoriously difficult to convey because of the complexity inherent in social conditions and the long frame for impact. Assessing social value through a business lens excludes two critical aspects of design: material agency and impacts beyond the artifact to activities, institutions, and societal transformation. What is needed is a robust framework for assessing social value that is grounded in the work of design itself. This workshop will present a provisional framework for describing, evaluating, and strengthening community design projects. Participants are invited to test run the framework on their favorite projects and engage in a vigorous discussion!

*This is an "Excuse our Dust" Session!*
Excuse our Dust is  a series of interactive workshops focused on in-process projects, from a women-led, San Francisco-based group working to support diversity in the field of public interest design to an East Baltimore community developing cooperative ownership models. Participating groups are interested in feedback, so come with questions and ideas.

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Peter Aeschbacher

Associate Professor, Penn State University
Peter Aeschbacher is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.  His scholarship and practice focuses on community design, the public realm, and inquiry-based tools and methods for spatial analysis and action. He works... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Impact Hub Baltimore: Open Space West