What does it mean to engage in activism through design? To engage in design through activism?

 Image provided by the McHarg Center

Image provided by the McHarg Center

The recently opened Ian L. McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania posed the following question to design practitioners and academics: What does it mean to engage in activism through design? To engage in design through activism?

Read the responses here, including Nina Chase's essay about working proactively, as opposed to reactively, in the field of landscape architecture. Inspired by the Landscape Architecture Foundation's New Landscape Declaration (and the subsequent Olmsted Scholar's response), Nina offers the following actions as a working blueprint for design activism: show up, start small, get loud. 

Bae Bae's Greenhouse opens as Pittsburgh's first Spark

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Bae Bae's Greenhouse opened this week! The Greenhouse was designed as part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Spark Pilot program. The Spark program aims to create safe, active complete streets by creating extensions for sidewalk activities in existing parking spaces. The Greenhouse, while small in size was made possible by a big effort of many including Bae Bae's Kitchen, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Microsoft, Technique Architectural Products, Earthspan, and Ethos Collaborative. Learn more about how the Greenhouse is designed as smart, pop-up green infrastructure at www.baebaesgreenhouse.com. The Greenhouse is designed with sensors to track stormwater collection and air quality and will be live tweeting soon. Follow along on Twitter @BaeBaesGreen!

Chris invited to join Exhibit Columbus Curatorial Advisory Committee

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Chris Merritt joins the 2018-19 Exhibit Columbus Curatorial Advisory Committee. The Committee helps to further develop Exhibit Columbus as an innovative program that builds dynamic cultural projects in Columbus, IN. The 2018-19 Curatorial Advisors represent architecture, art, and design, and community through a myriad of professions: curatorial and scholarly work, architecture and design practice, public relations, graphic design, criticism, publishing, and education.

Learn more about Exhibit Columbus's National Symposium, September 26th-29th here

Nina joins the City of Pittsburgh's Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP)

The Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP) is comprised of 8 members with expertise in the physical development of Pittsburgh. The panel's mission is "promoting quality of life in the City of Pittsburgh." To fulfill this mission, CDAP advises the Department of City Planning by reviewing and providing design guidance on selected, higher profile projects throughout the City. Learn more about CDAP here

Nina discusses Pittsburgh's public landscapes with The Corps 340

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The Corps340 is a Pittsburgh-based podcast centered around craft and community and is a collaboration between Brian Bronaugh, Rob Deaner and Gordon Robertson.

"Nina Chase obsesses about connecting people with public spaces. First in Boston, and now on the aggregate walkways of Pittsburgh, Nina sees possibility to improve the quality of life in small and grand ways. On today’s podcast, we discuss the 446 bridges, 700 steps and 3 rivers we navigate every day, but rarely give the consideration they deserve." - The Corps340

Nina's "Experimental Landscapes" Essay Featured in LAF's The New Landscape Declaration Book

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The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)'s The New Landscape Declaration: A Call to Action for the Twenty-First Century book is now available. The book features 32 “Declarations” written for LAF’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, including Nina Chase's "Experimental Landscapes: The Power of the Prototype." The book is available in hardcover and ebook form through online retailers, including Powell’s, Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.