A well-designed facility doesn't need xeroxed wayfinding signs. The mission of an organization should be clear through its space: how it's arranged, what atmosphere it presents and the information it highlights. In non-profits, limited resources understandably hinder environmental design. However, it is here that spatial experience matters most. People seeking assistance should feel welcomed into an organization, and a building should clearly advertise its mission and quality of service inside and out. Working in partnership with the Men and Families Center and Charm City Clinic in East Baltimore, I'm examining inexpensive and efficient solutions to this issue.
In parternship with: Men and Families Center, Charm City Clinic
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More about 2012 MA in Social Design Thesis Show
Living and working in East Baltimore, students in the M.A. in Social Design are challenged to explore the designer’s role and responsibility in society, produce new ways of thinking, facilitate new institutional collaborations, utilize design to bring about social change and develop contexts in which their ideas can be sustained. The program implements a project-based curriculum emphasizing learning by doing; extensive studio and field experience create opportunities to work on collaborative, issue-based projects with a variety of disciplines, organizations and community members. The thesis show provides a first-hand look at the innovative approaches and ideas for positively impacting our communities.