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2012 desigNYC call for entry is now open

Demonstrating the Power of Design to Improve Life in NYC
2012 theme: Recharging Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY, October 11, 2011—Today desigNYC announced its 2012 Call for Nonprofit Projects and Pro Bono Designers. Launched in 2009, desigNYC is recruiting for its 3rd round of project collaborations connecting extraordinary nonprofit organizations with talented design professionals who are leaders in the fields of architectural, landscape, interior, experience and communications design. The deadline for submission is THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2011, 5PM E.S.T.


This season, desigNYC will focus on selecting nonprofits projects and programs that are helping to transform and revitalize our local communities, and improve the quality of life for those that live, play and work there. Recharging Communities will support projects that connect communities, strengthen their social fabric and improve neighborhoods. From better housing and public places, to communication systems and knowledge networks, we will leverage all kinds of design disciplines to strengthen communities and bring about a sense of place, applied to cross-cutting issues such as sustainability, health, diversity, livability, vitality and economic renewal. “We want to encourage designers to think of the city as the next frontier for design,” says executive director Laetitia Wolff. “desigNYC harnesses the power of the creative community to imagine and affect a better urban experience. We are here to heighten public perception, understanding and participation in the making of our city, all together.”

We seek 501(c)(3)s, organizations that receive fiscal sponsorship from another 501(c)(3), or city agencies that are creating solutions that improve the lives of New Yorkers around the theme of RECHARGING COMMUNITIES. We are looking for projects that connect communities, strengthen their social fabric and improve neighborhoods.

We seek multidisciplinary designers, located in NYC, that are prepared to make a formal commitment to the nonprofit and the overall quality and timely delivery of the work. We encourage a participatory design process and the integration of sustainable design principles and practices wherever possible.

Submit your profile here.

Our 2012 Jury will be announced in the coming weeks. Selection of nonprofit organizations and design firms will be first shortlisted then partnered teams will be announced by end of the year, to start work in January 2012. Please refer to the FAQpage for more information about our selection process. If you still have urgent questions, email us at info@designyc.org.

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