"Public Interest Practices in Architecture," a comprehensive report funded by the 2011 AIA Latrobe Research Prize, has been released by authors Bryan Bell (LF 2011), David Perkes (LF 2004), Roberta Feldman and Sergio Palleroni.
The team surveyed public interest practitioners, their partners and general architectural practitioners to understand public interest models and methods and answer 5 key questions:
- What is public interest design?
- What needs are addressed by public interest practices?
- How are current public interest design practices operating?
- What strategies have proven effective?
- How can public interest design practices be sustained and expanded?
The research found that public interest design is transforming architectural practices and is a widespread response to the concern that conventional practice limits the profession’s capacity to address the problems of our time. The prize jury stated that the "research that will help us understand and deal with the dramatic social, economic, environmental, and technological changes that have occurred in the wake of the Great Recession. . . Many of the assumptions that have long guided the field of architecture no longer seem relevant to the challenges we now face not only as a profession and discipline, but as a civilization. . . Nor can we assume that the practices that have guided architectural practice in the 20th century will serve us in the 21st.”
Read "Helping Designers Help the World: The Latrobe Prize Report" in Architect.