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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Anchor: Campus Crime Prevention

Kansas City Art Institute

Crime is an ongoing issue, and it's been on the rise due to our economic state. As a case study, the campus and surrounding neighborh... more ⇒

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Thinnings Bathhouse

Auburn University Rural Studio

Four students from Auburn University's Rural Studio are partnering with the U.S. Forestry Service to design an architectural thesis project with... more ⇒

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Ben's Book: Little Red Flying Hood

Foothill High School

As part of our inclusion program, students with special needs are encouraged to be active members in the school community. Ben, wh... more ⇒

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Floatfarm

University of Southern California School of Architecture

Floatfarm proposes a community of floating shrimp farms as a means of adapting to the ongoing rise in sea levels of the Mekong Delta, where aquaculture ac... more ⇒

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