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  • Pattee Fletcher

    Social design is a way to bring back the commons. It both gives to and uses its environment and the community within. I want to point to one way that this is being accomplished on a small scale, small investment, and potential large community return. There is an NPO called the "Little Free Library" which began creating small book spaces that could be either purchased or home built. The idea is to put such a piece in an accessible spot - I have mine on a public community path, facing the path. Fill it with books - free books, and keep it filled. I have been giving away books now for a year and the people who are taking the books are now also putting books in my/the little library. I can see them from my deck where I sit and we generally enter into conversation about the notion of a little free library, literacy, and books. The school kids love it most of all. I am building a social community around a very simple idea, a literate public, free cycling books, and doing so with a simple structure.

  • Mayer Dahan

    A good design should always be constructed around its ability to better the surroundings and the quality of life of the people using the design, with that being said collaborating with other people from different walks of life only will give designers and architects a bigger, and broader perspective which everyone can benefit from.

  • James Sedgwick

    I think this concept can and should apply to other aspects of life as well, in areas like art and even in simple, everyday things. The juxtaposition of the functional with the aesthetic creates much more value than one without the other. Finding a way to further incorporate other important aspects like environmental responsibility only serves to enhance the beauty and artistry of said design in the metaphorical fabric of the object being designed.