From urbanization and climate change, to displacement and equity, the biggest problems of the twenty-first century are attracting design professionals with a desire to leverage their skills to create meaningful solutions. At the same time, the recent successes of social impact designers have raised public awareness about the potential of design to effect positive systemic change. Today, nonprofits, governments, NGO’s, foundations, and others are looking to design professionals with renewed interest, seeking to create partnerships and work together to solve social problems.
Are we ready to engage?
Gheskio Cholera Treatment Center; image courtesy of MASS Design Group
The first annual Impact Design Summit: The Practice of Impact Design was developed through collaboration between the Center for Design Research in the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design and the Autodesk Foundation, with the support of the National Building Museum.