Design Census 2019

The Design Census is an open and collaborative resource for understanding the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the design practice today. Learn more at https://designcensus.org Section I — Who is designing in 2019? A wide-angle view of the backgrounds of designers practicing in the field today. Section II — How do designers work?

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How To Be Optimistic, Even When You’re Feeling Pain And Despair

33% of people are medially optimistic only 13% highly optimistic. All outcomes are improved when people are optimistic…two techniques to increase optimism 1. When possible and to feel less intense emotional and physical reactions. Replay negative experiences from a self distance 3rd person “as a fly on the wall. 2. Increase your time spent with

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This week, architects and designers responded to racial inequality

Removal of statues is an opportunity to acknowledge slave trading of the past with an appropriate memorial…like a statue of protesters taking down a slave trader. Other opinions include Architects choosing to stop working on spaces that imprison and treat people inhumanly. The week on Dezeen, graffiti artist Banksy sketched a memorial to slavery, architects and designers created

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An Open Letter to Graduating Landscape Architecture Students

Landscape Architects are uniquely talented designing systems for both people and nature at all scales. Land8 is encouraging you to pursue your dreams of being a Landscape Architect. A “growing” field! Dear graduating landscape architecture student, I am thinking of you all as you graduate—Congratulations and well done! You have spent a lot of time

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Is architecture heading toward an unemployment crisis?

Retail, hospitality, restaurant and tourism have been the hardest hit projects. But, design work continues to pick up in healthcare,affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure, landscape Architecture. Larger firms especially in NYC, Boston,Philadelphia where construction activities have stopped are seeing the more layoffs as small and medium firms managementand leaders are taking pay cuts. It is

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Promote Remote Team Bonding

Daily virtual check ins with your team 15-20 minutes a day sharing topics not related to daily projects for mental health. Show empathy because everyone deals with stress differently. Take time to connect on a personal level. How are you feeling? What is distracting you? Host a virtual coffee break and informal messaging…important to stay

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What is the role of Architecture in Fighting a Pandemic?

MASS Design Group has made available as part of its response is a list of Best Practices for Designing Spaces for infection control. Topic areas include everything from improving ventilation in existing spaces to thinking about materials selection in projects going forward. Amidst the search for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the implementation of large-scale human behavior

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