Tag Archives: Architecture and Design

Monumental Conversations: What the Andrew Mellon Foundation found when they analyzed America’s monuments

As part of The Mellon Foundation’s unprecedented new Monuments Project, Philadelphia-based nonprofit art and history studio Monument Lab undertook a comprehensive audit of our country’s commemorative landscape, scouring almost half a million records of historic properties to better understand the dynamics and trends that have shaped our nation’s monuments.

Join Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Dr. Paul Farber, Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab, for a discussion that will dive into Monument Lab’s findings and explore what they mean for the future of our commemorative landscape.

Date: Wednesday, September 29

Time: 4pm EST

Click here to register for the event!

Adaptive Public Space: Places for People in the Pandemic and Beyond

Building on its longtime commitment to public spaces, Knight Foundation commissioned Gehl — a global urban planning, design and strategy firm — to conduct an impact assessment of seven public spaces in its portfolio. The findings illustrate the power of public space as a platform for community development: whether by building resident trust, spurring social activity, supporting economic and workforce development, or catalyzing neighborhood change.

This power makes public spaces a key ingredient in the recovery from COVID-19 — a crisis that has raised the stakes for overcoming deeply rooted, systemic challenges in our cities. For policymakers, funders, and practitioners, these findings are a call to action. By elevating public spaces, leaders nationwide can drive more equitable outcomes in the pandemic and beyond.

THE APPROACH

Located in Akron, Detroit, Philadelphia, and San Jose, the seven projects in this study represent $5 million in direct Knight investments. An additional $50 million in co-funding and follow-on investments from other funders including the Reimagining the Civic Commons network went toward these sites, wider area improvements and ongoing space operations. The spaces range widely: neighborhood parks that give residents a go-to gathering spot; nature spaces that re-engage locals with the outdoors; and citywide destinations that offer art studios, beachscapes, and more.

Given the diversity of spaces, this study did not set out to measure the spaces against one another using a common set of metrics. The goal was to understand impacts related to four core themes, and to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:

  • Spaces that reflected resident needs, historic character and the arts had more regular visits from residents. 
  • Community participation and responsive engagement is vital for equitable spaces. 
  • Prioritizing community engagement throughout the lifecycle of a space led to ripple effects in the wider community. 
  • Flexible community-led design, inclusive processes, and capacity-building helped sites develop sustainable operating models and adapt to changing conditions — including the pandemic. 

The report also offered recommendations for optimizing public space design:

  • Create spaces with equity in mind.
  • Design spaces with the input of communities that are impacted.
  • Become financially sustainable.

Click here to read the full report.

Are you passionate about art and design? Register for the Merchandising at Minted info session – Tuesday, March 16

Minted is a marketplace for independent design, where you come to find things for your home and special occasions that are trend-setting, well-curated, high quality, and made unique to you.

Minted is a late stage startup based in San Francisco, and was founded in 2007 by CEO Mariam Naficy (Williams Alumna). Minted is hosting a virtual info session on Tuesday, March 16 at 5:00pm EST. Join Becca 0O’Leary (Sr. Manager, Merchandising) and Caitlin Bernstein (Recruiter) to learn about their disruptive e-commerce marketplace and exciting opportunities for recent grads in their Merchandising function.

Becca will be telling her story, chatting about merchandising and the role, and answering any questions you may have. Minted is looking for creative thinkers who are passionate about art and design, curious about the world of e-commerce, wholesale and retail merchandising, and have strong analytical and quantitative skills to join their Merchandising team.

Click here to register for the event in handshake!

The Lime Connect Lens: building accessible and inclusive workplaces – Thursday, December 3

Lime is excited to share the details of their virtual offerings that are designed to raise awareness about the experiences of people with disabilities, opportunities to create more accessible workplaces and the learnings around disability that have come from working in a virtual environment.  

Building back better: Opportunities for creating a more accessible workplace 
11:00am ET/8:00am PT
Lime Connect partners will share lessons learned during the transition to working virtually; and the impact of key practices and accommodations that were implemented as a result.  
The unique disability perspective: Accessibility @ work
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT
Lime Connect Network members will share the unique strengths, skills, and perspectives that people with disabilities bring to the workplace and the world; and the tangible benefits to their companies.        
Accessibility and inclusion through Google technology 
2:00pm ET/11am PT
Kyndra LoCoco, Accessibility Partner & Community Programs Manager at Google, will highlight the accessibility features in Google products; and how we can create more accessible experiences for all users. 
Accessibility and inclusion through Microsoft technology 
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
Ricardo Wagner, Microsoft Canada Accessibility Lead, will explore the impact that accessible technology can have for people with (and without) disabilities; and specific features of all Microsoft products. 

Click here to learn more and register for the event!

Time4Coffee Podcast

Time4Coffee is a social enterprise — the centerpiece of which is a podcast — dedicated to helping college students, grad students and young professionals still looking for the right job in the right career, navigate a rapidly changing global job marketplace. 

As the Time4Coffee name implies, these in-depth ‘caffeinated career conversations’ and related blog posts, explore many of the same topics covered when people meet, in person, over a cup of coffee to ask for career advice. However, without personal connections and geographic proximity, most young people wouldn’t have entrée to meet these professionals in person. Therefore, Time4Coffee’s mission is to level the playing field so that no matter who you know (or don’t know) and no matter where you live, you can still have access to the same amazing career advice 24/7 just by pressing play.

Time4Coffee also aims to leverage social media platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram to generate meaningful engagement between young people and professionals, from the entry-level up to the C-suite, around the country and the world.

Click here to hear first-hand career insights about Architecture, Design, Authors, Writers, Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, PR, Journalism, Media, Sports, Arts, Film, and more!

Planning for Resiliency: Cohort Summer Internship Program Addressing Climate-Driven Threats

Middlebury has partnered with Historic New England, a historic preservation organization headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, to offer a three PAID internships this summer working on an initiative called “The Planning for Resiliency Cohort” which will include a Design Intern, Ecology Intern, and GIS intern.  The cohort interns will complete an integrated project addressing climate-driven threats at four seventeenth-century museum properties in Newbury, Mass.
 
They are very interested in finding students with background in majors addressing design (HARC), GIS (Geography), and ecology (ES/Conservation Biology). Specifically, if you are a rising junior, this might be the perfect internship for you. The internship will include a stipend from CCI and housing in the Boston area with the other interns.
 
The application deadline is March 24th; don’t wait to apply!  Below are descriptions for each of the internships. 

Planning for Resiliency Cohort Program: GIS Intern

Planning for Resiliency Cohort Program: ECOLOGY Intern

Planning for Resiliency Cohort Program: DESIGN Intern