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DesignBuild takes students from their studio desks into the physical world of human interactions and construction.

On this platform you can exchange information about DesignBuild activities, promote your projects, organisation and your own expertise, search and offer literature, initiate collaboration, look for support, find answers to questions about pedagogy, logistics, liabilities, funding and construction.

We welcome teachers in academic and non-academic education, students, researchers, planners, clients and users, politicians, entrepreneurs, donors, craftsmen and sympathisers to get involved!

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EXPERIENCE IN ACTION! DesignBuild in Architecture / CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 20, 2020


TUM's Architecture Museum is opening its largest and most comprehensive exhibition on “DesignBuild” to date – a teaching method which has a long tradition, but in recent years has become an increasingly popular concept at many universities. The purpose of the exhibition is therefore to inform the general public about the social impact and longterm significance of this teaching method.

Curator | Vera Simone Bader
Exhibition architecture | Labor Fou
Sponsor | Sto-Stiftung, Pin. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne, Arte Generali


CONFERENCE / MARCH 18, 2020 – cancelled –

Organized to coincide with the opening Experience in Action! DesignBuild in Architecture, this conference provides a platform for discussions of the contents of the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, under the categories Interdisciplinarity – Evaluation – Local vs. Global.

Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium 
in der Pinakothek der Moderne 
​Barer Str. 40, 80333 Munich
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Publikation 2020 Experience in Action. DesignBuild in Architecture by Vera Simone Bader and Andres Lepik

Edition Detail

DesignBuild is a method of instruction that students use to design and build actual projects at several architecture schools around the world, often in developing countries, but sometimes on their own doorsteps. With DesignBuild, students gain experience that goes far beyond planning and design. The focus is on temporary buildings and long-term projects, experimental approaches and interventions into infrastructures. With respect to the main aspects of research - dialogue - design - build, research contexts and processes of individual projects come under discussion. Constructive aspects and social exchange are also important. The book provides a critical overview of the most exciting DesignBuild projects worldwide.

Editor Vera Simone Bader and Andres Lepik
ISBN number | 978-3955535148
Price | 34,90 €

Learning from Failure - Call for Papers

Deadline 1 June 2018

The Design-Build Exchange (dbX) will be launching its North American portal soon. We are seeking short papers for the second of a peer-reviewed series concentrating on parameters for success in design-build education. For this session, we are collaborating with the DesignBuild Xchange (EU) platform, part of the network Design for the Common Good.

Accepted papers will be presented online in a virtual conference format on Saturday, 8 September 2018. Instructors, students, and administrators from across North America and Europe are invited to tune in online to view and discuss presentations.

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Abstracts must be submitted through the ACSA online interface. Follow the steps below to begin your submission. The web interface will guide you though the steps to complete your submission.

  • Go to:


  • Login with your ACSA username and password.



aae conference 2017: architecture connects

International peer reviewed conference of the association of architectural educators

6-9 September 2017

Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Oxford. UK.


Building on the Common Ground: Conference, PIDI and SFI 17 in Portland

Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), dbXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the are pleased to announce the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards and co-hosted Structures for Inclusion conference.

Invitation to enter the World Habitat Awards 2017-18

Every year two outstanding housing projects are selected as winners of the World Habitat Awards. Entries are now open for the 2017-18 awards. We are looking for housing projects and approaches which:  

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world
  • can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate
  • are already being implemented or are completed, i.e. not at design stage or very early stages of development
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.

The winning projects will receive a £10,000 prize and international recognition for their achievements along with the chance to attend an award ceremony at a global UN event in 2018.
All entries must be received by 1 March 2017. 

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Previous winners and finalists


NEW - Starting in February 2020 POSTGRADUATE DEGREE | BASEhabitat

Join the new POSTGRADUATE DEGREE | BASEhabitat – Become a builder of change
2nd Call: Sept 30 – Nov 08, 2019

The built environment has an enormous role in the way we live together in this world. Today´s construction activities are extremely resource-intensive and harmful to the environment and our climate.

BASEhabitat invites built environment professionals to develop radically new ideas for dealing with today’s global challenges.




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CALL: 2018 SEED Awards

Announcing the 2018 SEED + Pacific Rim Awards Competition
For Excellence in Public Interest Design
Call for Entries Now Open

More information HERE

The deadline for each application on all three network platforms is July 15, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. The Award Winners will be announced on the networks’ websites on September 4, 2018.


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Interview by the Curry Stone Foundation: Can Design Education Promote Social Justice?

Podcast by the Curry Stone Foundation: Emiliano Gandolfi and Eric Cesal

Epiode 68: Bringing Designers Together, Pt. I

Sergio Palleroni and Jane Anderson offer a history of the collective effort to establish a global network of social design teachers and practitionersEpisode 69:

Epiode 69: Bringing Designers Together, Pt. II

Ursula Hartig and Bryan Bell offer us a glimpse into how Design for the Common Good can provide resources to practitioners and educators across the world.

Listen to podcasts: klick here

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All-inclusive engagement in architecture I Publication - Call for Projects

Eight projects on the topic of All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture will be selected by peer-review and will be included in an upcoming publication edited by Farhana Ferdous and Bryan Bell.

The case studies sought should portray socially engaged architecture as a broad intellectual project that proposes and presents novel innovative modes of architectural production that serve through architecture a multitude of “others” -- the poor, victims, the famished, the homeless, refugees, insurgents. The book terms this work, taken as a whole, all-inclusive engagement.

more information: https://easychair.org/cfp/Publication_Call_for_Case_Studies_All_Inclusive_Engagement_2018

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