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Social Design Insights is a weekly podcast of conversations with leading designers who discuss innovative projects and practices that use design to address pressing social justice issues. The podcast is hosted by Eric Cesal and Emiliano Gandolfi, and produced by the Curry Stone Design Prize. Learn more.

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Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our sound engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Taryn Turner, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation, for pulling everything together.
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Episode 1
Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman

Reimagining the Border, Part 1

Part 1
Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman discuss their practice at the Tijuana/San Diego border, and how design transcends politics.
How do Designers enter the world of policy? Can Designers be Policy-Makers?
How can Design empower communities?
24:58
Episode 2
Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman

Reimagining the Border, Part 2

Part 2
Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman continue their discussion of design & politics at the San Diego/Tijuana border.
How does design decriminalize a border? Can Designers position themselves against anti-immigrant rhetoric?
Can Designers provide language which can bridge communities?
30:58
Episode 3
Mark Lakeman (City Repair)

The Street As a Revolution

Mark Lakeman of the City Repair Project discusses motives and methods for igniting neighborhood change, street by street.
How does Guerilla Practice become Policy?
Is the U.S. Exporting Sprawl to Developing Countries?
How has the CRP philosophy played out in the streets of Portland?
22:35
Episode 4
Arquitectura Expandida

Engaging Community, Engaging Practice

Arquitectura Expandida discusses its approach to working in informal communities alongside (and sometimes around) government.
How do Architects Engage Informal Communities?
How do you engage with the Government?
How do you convince a community to build something?
25:13
Episode 5
Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas)

Flirting with Illegality

Santiago Cirugeda - Spain’s 'Guerrilla Architect’ - explains how he challenges urban authority and makes neighborhoods work for everyone.
How did Recetas Urbanas get it's start?
How is Your Practice Shifting to Deal with Larger, Systemic Problems?
What do you do went public agencies won't let the public use public buildings?
20
Episode6
Breaking Ground + Jonathan Kirschenfeld

Fighting for Dignified Housing

Part 1
Jonathan Kirschenfeld and Brenda Rosen share their thoughts on the right to housing, and methodologies for doing supportive housing well.
Is the Right to Housing Real?
Setting Aside Clichés, What Does Homelessness Look Like?
What is the Difference Between “Supportive” Housing and “Affordable” Housing?1
20:00
Episode7
Breaking Ground + Jonathan Kirschenfeld

Fighting for Dignified Housing

Part 2
Jonathan Kirschenfeld and Brenda Rosen share their thoughts on the right to housing, and methodologies for doing supportive housing well.
How Can Housing Rehabilitate a Neighborhood?
What’s the Difference between a Community Facility and a Residential Property? Why is that Important?
Can Doing Good Work Inadvertently Encourage Gentrification?
20
Episode 8
Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

Growth, Equity & Asian Cities

The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights is a large broad­based coalition of like­minded groups fighting for housing advocacy throughout Asia; they share with us their strategies.
What Are the Main Issues Confronting Asian Cities?
What is a ‘ParaArchitect?’
How do you Ensure that New Housing is Done Well?
How Does an Architect Work with Other Disciplines?
26:34
Episode9
Anne Lacaton & Jean Phillipe Vassal

Add, Transform, and Reuse!

Lacaton & Vassal Deconstructs Their Widely­ Acclaimed methods for the Re­adaptation of Modernist housing blocks in France.
Through the Lens of ‘Less is More,’ What are the Important Challenges Facing Architects Today?
How do you Create an Inclusive Community with Disparate Populations?
How Must Housing Evolve to Accommodate the Needs of Evolving Society?
24:45
Episode10
Project H + Public Architecture

Emily Pilloton and John Peterson Argue for Design as the Great Equalizer

Part 1
John Peterson and Emily Pilloton share their practices and discuss how design can subvert structural inequality
What are the origins of Project H?

Windsor Farmers Market in Bertie County North Carolina 2010. One of the first projects completed by Studio H, the project was designed and built entirely by high school students.

How do designers respond to the needs of their community?

Public Architecture helped to develop an anchor strategy for University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that aligns with priorities of low-income communities and encourages equitable regional development throughout South Texas.

26:16
Episode11
Project H + Public Architecture

Emily Pilloton and John Peterson Argue for Design as the Great Equalizer

Part 2
We continue our discussion with John and Emily about what role design can play in challenging rising economic and social inequality.
What does the future of social design look like?

Girls Garage participants with a sign that reads FEARLESS that they welded as a group.

Tell us about the Girls Garage?

Completed thesis projects by Girls Garage participants.

24:47
Episode12
El Equipo Mazzanti

Why All Architecture is Social

Giancarlo Mazzanti shares his thoughts on transforming Medellin and how great architecture can bring neighborhoods together.
What’s the most important question to answer when engaging a community?

Pies Descalzos School, Shakira´s foundation in Cartagena by Sergio Gómez

How do we bring the lessons of the Medellin transformation out into the world?

Santa Marta´s park renovation, canopy by Rodrigo Dávila

23:20
Episode13
Al Borde

How to Design a School for $200

David Barragan of Al Borde discusses how design can empower a community to become their own designers & builders.
How did you find a common language between the designers and the community?

Al Borde at work.

How do you translate the wisdom of the field into pedagogy?

Esperanza Dos, Under Construction.

26:51
Episode14
Active Social Architecture

Combining Ancient Traditions and Contemporary Social Design

Coming 03.30.2017
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