2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards Competition

Announcing the 2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards Competition

For excellence in public interest design

If you have any queries, please email: liveprojectsnetwork@gmail.com

EstudioSPN & Eugenia Muscio


Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), dbXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design, are pleased to announce the 2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards and co-hosted Structures for Inclusion conference.

For the first time, these three international networks are combining efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. Recognizing design projects with exceptional social, economic, environmental and pedagogic impact, this year the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards will represent the greater scale and growing relationships needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in all communities globally. While each network has a unique focus, sharing the awards acknowledges their common ground: supporting the growth of excellence in public interest design.

A total of six projects will be selected for awards through a competitive juried process. Two winners will be selected by each of the three host networks that represent their public interest design principles and selection criteria. Applications are made directly to each network – see criteria and application information below.


Winning projects receive a $2,000 honorarium for a trip for one team representative to present their work at an international conference, taking place at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon from April 7-8, 2017. Built on the framework of the annual Structures for Inclusion Conference, this joint conference will focus on sharing built works, research, and discussions which can inform the future collaborations and efforts by these networks, and others, to promote access to design as a basic human right.

The deadline for each application on all three network platforms is 6th January, 2017, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. The award winners will be announced on the networks’ websites on 26th January, 2017.


The Awards Jury will represent the three combined networks:

  • Sergio Palleroni, Chair, co-founder of the BaSiC Initiative and Director, Center for Public Interest, Portland State University
  • Bryan Bell, Executive Director, Design Corps, and Associate Professor, NC State University
  • Sue Thering, Programs Director, Design Corps
  • Ursula Hartig, Director of CoCoon-Studio and Co-founder of the dbXchange network, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Peter Fattinger, Director of design . build and co-founder the dbXchange network, Technische Universität Wien
  • Jane Anderson, Co-founder of the Live Projects Network, Oxford Brookes University
  • Colin Priest, Co-founder of the Live Projects Network, Chelsea College of Arts

Live Projects Network Awards:

Projects eligible for this award must:

  • Fulfil this definition of a live project: “A live project comprises the negotiation of a brief, timescale, budget and product between an educational organization and an external collaborator for their mutual benefit. The project must be structured to ensure that students gain learning that is relevant to their educational development.” (Anderson and Priest, 2012)
  • Be in the field of the built environment.

The criteria for this award are:

  • Participation: what expertise did different participants bring that is relevant to this project?
  • Excellence: how and to what extent does the project achieve the highest possible design quality, relate to its context and its users?
  • Impact: what sustainable social, economic and / or environmental benefits did the project bring to the local community?
  • Dissemination: how have the different participants disseminated and applied the various forms of knowledge created by this project to others?

Instructions for competition entry:

To enter the Live Projects Network Awards please follow this link to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the pro-forma and attach seven images of your project.


Kaspars Kursišs

About Design Corps

Design Corps creates positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Design Corps was founded in 1991 with a mission to create positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Our mission is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives. Design Corps’ programs, including the SEED Network, the SEED Evaluator, and the Public Interest Design Institute, bring the skills sets of design and planning to empower communities. designcorps.org

About the SEED Network
Established in 2005, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network provides a common standard to guide, evaluate and measure the social, economic, and environmental impact of design. SEED is premised on the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the SEED process guides professionals to work alongside locals who know their community and its needs. This practice of “trusting the local” is increasingly recognized as a highly effective way to sustain the health and longevity of a place or a community as it develops.

About dbXchange Network

The dbXchange platform addresses projects in the framework of academic education with an emphasis on the built environment. The main aims of the platform are to exchange knowledge and experiences on academic DesignBuild projects as well as to stimulate the DesignBuild methodology. The platform provides tools for supporting DesignBuild project workflows as well as providing access to detailed information about the projects themselves, their related networks and stakeholders. dbxchange.eu

About Live Projects Network

Established in 2012, the Live Projects Network is an online resource to connect students, educators, clients, practitioners and researchers involved in live projects. Its aims are to promote the use of live projects in education, share best practice, encourage dialogue and also contribute to the establishment of a theoretical basis for the study of live projects. The site includes case studies of contemporary live projects from around the world that can be filtered by their various resources and contexts, links to further information and connects to the sites of network members.

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