Calls for Entry

Public Interest Design Lab: Open Call for Applications

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Deadline: March 31, 2021

In 2021, Washington DC is at the epicenter of threats to civil society and to our shared humanity. Recent events have also demonstrated how planning and design contribute to conditions of injustice just as they can and must be used to restore justice to our cities. The mission of our collaborative Public Interest Design LAB is to use design to strengthen the social bonds that are vital to a thriving, equitable city, and to support the development of design practitioners from many fields confronting the most urgent issues in their communities.

The Public Interest Design LAB is a fellowship created by the Goethe-Institut and the DC Public Library that will invite up to six D.C.-based designers in various fields who work closely with social movements and local community-based organizations. The fellowship will support development of existing projects that confront inequities and foster connectivity through community-based design. Priority is placed on projects that will benefit from international exchange and a broadening of professional networks. Applications are due on March 31, 2021 and the fellowship will begin in mid-May, 2021. The fellowship will run for approximately eight months, through December 2021.

Full information and a link to apply are available here.