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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Cease 4 Peace

C.S. Mott Community College

Addressing his personal experience growing up in Flint, Michigan, DeMarcus Smith has designed a project that speaks to youth in his community about th... 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 b... more ⇒

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The Grand Assembly

School of Visual Arts

The Grand Assembly is a curated online community showcasing a generation of 60 and older creatives to a wider audience through their craft and li... more ⇒

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Community Library for Newbern, Alabama

Auburn University Rural Studio

Within the rural context of Newbern, Alabama, a library can become a social center within the community. A group of dedicated ... more ⇒

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Together+

University of Notre Dame

Turmoil, illness, and depravity tend to push positivity and collaboration aside in favor of selfishness—separating communities and dividing individuals. To... more ⇒