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6 Small Scale Projects with Large Social Impact

The field of architecture has the potential to influence human relations in countless ways through the built space. In small-scale projects, in particular, the challenges of tackling the dialogue between the space and the individual are combined with the task of conveying ideas to inspire people to explore the use of these minimal spaces. 

Center for Women in Masai Village / C-re-aid. image: © Laia GarcíaTea, Chocolate, Coffee Pavilion / knitknot architecture. Image: © Josema Cutillas100 Classrooms for Refugee Children / Emergency Architecture & Human Rights. Image: © Martina RubinoThe Green Embassy / Steffen Impgaard. Image: © Kirstine Mengel+ 7

Designing Differently

An evening of inspirational talks from women who are designing differently. Whether that's combining design and another discipline, or using design to create social and environmental impact, or changing the design landscape for future generations.

At this International Women’s Day event we want to challenge stereotypes, broaden perceptions and celebrate women's achievements. Join us, and be inspired.


A weeknight event where we’ll hear from women carving out alternative and impactful careers in design, architecture and the built environment. The evening will be interactive, with brainstorming and networking.


We’ll use fast-paced presentations to drive discussion about the role of designers in a changing world,

Social Design Festival

A five-day national festival to seed, incubate and showcase socio-environment design successes.
Workshops are three-day hackathons that address design issues in the social realm.
Conference as a forum to understand how design can bridge the deficit in the public domain.

Social problems are design problems, and the design community has long felt the need to proactively push for positive change using the potent combination of government, design and active citizens.

This festival ties up with government departments and addresses different problems through three-day workshops, for instance, can we initiate thinking on how to cope with flooding of coastal cities, placing wide-ranging

Call for Entries: Eliminate Loneliness Through Design

***Registration Closes at 00:00 EST on April 8th, 2019***

The After-Life Of The Architectural Model: Where Can History's Lost Models Go?

The architectural model: a tool, a sculptural artifact, a prized possession, and yet in the digital age of BIM and Virtual Reality, perhaps becoming an enigma, a relic for settling dust. And yet, we are still making them. If you imagine that famous photo of earth from space, of every model ever made in a single image, it raises the question - where are they all? Where does the architectural model go to die?

Video: Dan Stubbergaard Explores Architecture's Social Impact through Time and Context

"The role of public buildings should be the first to show quality, sustainability, and an embrace of the people," says Copenhagen native and architect, Dan Stubbergaard, in this recent video from the Louisiana Channel. In COBE: Monuments of the Future, Stubbergaard speaks in favor of architecture that reinforces the welfare state, beginning with the philosophy behind the process: "Our buildings are like a hard disk of our memory or history" says Stubbergaard, "and you can see that this was the best you could do at that time."

Founder and creative director of COBE in Copenhagen, Stubbergaard focuses his practice on work varying from public space to large urban planning. Stubbergaard explains how architecture can be a way to understand how cities grow, live, break down and grow again. It is the architecture, the buildings and structure that direct people to the most popular cities, as it is "embedded into the history."