Project Case Studies

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Below is an archive of project case studies; each one is a designer’s vision to ignite change in the world through creative problem solving. We aim to bring big ideas such as these out of the studio and into the community to inspire like-minded changemakers. Projects are posted by Design Ignites Change participants and award applicants.

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Rubble to Real Estate

Iowa State University

There are always communities coping with the aftermath of natural disasters – from flooding and hurricanes to earthquakes and forest fires. In mo... more ⇒

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$300 Hybrid House

University of Southern California School of Architecture

The basic concept of the design is to utilize the same materials that are typically found in slum housing. The house is a hybrid compressed earth block... more ⇒

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The Green River Newspaper

The Green River Newspaper is a community print project made in collaboration with the people of Green River, Utah. By working primarily with m... more ⇒

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Crossing Borders

University of Southern California School of Architecture

Crossing Borders is an organization with a dual mission; we bring design services to those who cannot normally afford them and provide students at the ... more ⇒

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Safe Agua - Ducha Halo

Art Center College of Design

Through a collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi País, The Safe Agua Project ... more ⇒