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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Democracy Now!

School of Visual Arts

Democracy Now! is an award-winning, independent news show hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Over 4 million fans worldwide tune in d... more ⇒


No one wins

Kansas City Art Institute

No one wins in a pillow fight, nor do they in a "hate" crime. This idea is designed to serve the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning... more ⇒


Watershed: Creating a New Water Ethic

On Friday, April 11th 2014, UMN Students for Design Activism will host Watershed Event; a public symposium on future scenarios... more ⇒


Fortress Farms: Activist Architecture

USC Design Studio
University of Southern California School of Architecture

This architectural thesis explores the concept of a fortress farm; a defensive agricultural community built on lands in danger ... more ⇒


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 ... more ⇒