Scale Scope: Social Impact Design Symposium and Workshop

Thu. 20 March, 5:00pm - Fri. 21 March, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery

scale scope prompt

Social Impact Design has reached the mainstream, with projects regularly featured in the press, conferences and exhibitions across the globe, yet options to practice out in the real world remain limited to a handful of nonprofit organizations or the pro bono work of larger firms. Scale/Scope will empower design students to engage their social agenda through combining a high-level symposium with student workshops. We want to create a new value proposition for design education - to make a public case for engaging in broad social agendas that deliver charged, meaningful projects with a wide and ambitious scope.

We will examine a handful of groundbreaking design projects through multiple lenses - information, infrastructure, method and market. These lenses will demonstrate how the leading edge of impactful design practice is an innovation on the process and product of design itself, and to prime students with a strong message for the design challenge. The discussion will be formatted as be four lectures running from Thursday afternoon through Friday.

To put these ideas into practice, a student design challenge will run concurrently with the symposium. Interdisciplinary teams of three students will come to this challenge with a social or environmental issue they want to tackle, a previously developed project from a studio or seminar, and a context in which they want to work. Between the lectures they will have a chance to workshop their ideas with the panelists, helping them develop sophisticated proposals for further work. At the end of the symposium, speakers and judges will award a fellowship to allow one team to further develop the best proposal during the summer. Get Details


Thursday, March 20

5pm Student Presentations

6pm Introduction: Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor

Keynote: John Peterson, Public Architecture

Meet up with Urban Geek Drinks, A Monthly Happy Hour For Civic Do-Gooders in Philly at Frankford Hall

Friday, March 21

9:30am  Workshop with Gilad Meron & Mia Scharphie, Proactive Practice

11:00am Anne Trumble, Emerging Terrain & Luis Callejas, LCLA Office

12:30pm Lunch on your own

1:30pm   Chris Scovel, MASS Design Group  & Brent Buckman, Hyphae Design Lab 

3pm Phillip Crosby, PennDesign & Alex Gilliam, Public Workshop, Bevan Weissman + Workshop

5pm Closing Conversation: Winka Dubbeldam, PennDesign/Archi-tectonics & John Peterson, Public Architecture

6pm Happy Hour 

Organized by:

Josh Jordan, M.Arch ‘14
Nick McClintock, M.Arch ‘15
Anooshey Rahim, M.Arch/MLA ‘14
Graham Prentice, MLA ‘13


Sponsored by:

autodesk foundation

upenn GAPSA