In July DRAW attended the First Suburbs Coalition Regional Housing Summit, an event gathering urban planners, elected officials, policymakers, and designers to discuss the current trends and data surrounding the affordable housing crisis. By positioning affordable and workforce housing within the context of economic development, the Summit’s presentations and discourse facilitated a solutions-oriented dialogue among participants, with the intent being to identify the steps necessary for developing a regionally approved economic development plan.
At DRAW, our “why” is to create positive impact design. Positive impact design considers leading with empathy for our clients, stakeholders and the community and using radically resourceful approaches to sustainability and efficiency. It also has to do with the way we use cultural resources and how the community around a project is impacted by the building and its programming.
Hired by the City of Kansas City, MO to design five prototype homes that will be situated on scattered sites throughout the city, we at DRAW are conducting a deep analysis of the contextual neighborhoods along with broader housing and societal trends in order to inform our designs. Our goal is to positively impact the neighborhoods in which we are working and create models that are replicable, resourceful, and innovative.
We all know the stories of Ellis Island and the famed words enshrined on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free..." But the reality of unwelcome various groups have experienced to this country has long been tainted with racism and bigotry, which were rationalized by eugenics. Now we use other terms and other rationalizations, but the result is the same ugliness and unjust demonization of people.
If you have missed it, there is are clear and compelling indicators that our AEC industry is on the precipice of transformational evolution, thanks to industry thought leaders taking a giant leap into the realms of smart buildings, IoT, and data.
In 2016, DRAW was shortlisted out of an initial list of hundreds of artists to create public art for a transit station on the Purple Line in Prince George's County, Maryland. Print Veils was developed in response to our research on the site and the "International Corridor" community in which it is situated--a community dominated by immigrants from Central and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.