Tuesday, February 19, 2008

On Social Responsibility


On 1 December 2005, SoCA held an Open Dialog at the GSD on Social Responsibility. Over 100 students and a half dozen faculty packed the Stubbins room to discuss what many felt was the GSD's bias toward formalism at the expense of any larger social agenda.

If individually we support social and economic justice, why as a profession have we remained indifferent? Are we independent agents for change, or the pawns of clients, competition juries, approval boards and building code? Can we make what we do in studio matter in the real world?

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April 3 OUR COMMUNITIES: FUTUREPRESENT
A symposium and initiative to increase diversity in the design professions.
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April 4-6 SYSTEMS FOR INCLUSION 8
Harvard GSD and Design Corps host the latest offering of the annual SFI conference series on design and social action. SFI8 conference website ∙ designcorps.org/sfi

Call for Papers and Media: Students and professionals are encouraged to submit papers, media and projects that engage this year's SFI theme of design agency and "systems" for inclusion. Selected papers will be published in the online GSD student-run journal, re: