Designing from the Heart

  • Filming "Grow Dat Youth Farm" Emilie Taylor of the Tulane City Center talks about the unique combination of needs met by public interest design work at Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, LA. Image Credit: Chuck Olsen

  • Pueblo Renovation Rebuilds Community Renovations of traditional pueblos in the Owe’newh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project near Santa Fe were featured in the first SEEDocs video. Image Credit: Chuck Olsen

  • Pueblo Renovation Rebuilds Community Renovations of traditional pueblos in the Owe’newh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project near Santa Fe were featured in the first SEEDocs video. Image Credit: Chuck Olsen

Designing from the Heart

Every person has the right to live in a socially, economically, and environmentally healthy community. –SEED Mission

The power of design to create, strengthen, and restore relationships is the focus of SEEDocs, a series of short documentaries on award-winning projects that showcase the value of designing public spaces in collaboration with community. 

From restoring culturally relevant living space through a collaborative redesign of Tewa pueblos in New Mexico to nurturing future leaders through urban gardening in New Orleans, the project by DesignCorps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network is capturing this inspiring global body of work on video. Other SEEDocs will tell the stories of an ecologically focused school in Peru, a Rwandan maternity hospital and a school revitalization project in Kansas City.

“Design has a moral and ethical charge to serve the needs of the public, the entire public, not just those who can afford expensive fees,” says Bryan Bell, an architect, activist, and SEED co-founder. “Designers are frequently in love with the objects they create, but love, respect, and compassion for those who need their services is much rarer.”

 

Projects include:

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Restoration

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Bancroft School Renovation

Pitagoras School and Park

Maria Auxiliadora School

Nyanza, Rwanda Hospital

This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Design Professions.