Design-Altruism-Project is Ten Years Old
Monday, March 7th, 2016

David Stairs Design Altruism Project started ten years ago today with this post. From its humble beginnings it essayed to represent new notions of professional practice from a variety of viewpoints, both new and established. We wanted to celebrate our tenth anniversary with an uplifting story.

New African Design
Sunday, November 6th, 2011

We’re pleased to observe that our friends at Terrestrial Design in Pretoria, South Africa recently won an award from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), that country’s design oversight body, for their safe Arivi paraffin stove. 2009 INDEX Award finalist, the Arivi addresses a much needed improvement in stove efficiency and safety for people […]

Small Kindnesses from Campus to the World
Friday, November 12th, 2010

We don’t do much link relaying here at D-A-P, that’s not our purpose. But I just received this worthy link from College Crunch and think it deserves a plug. Volunteerism on campuses is seemingly at an all time high. Maybe, just maybe we can save this world, but only if the younger generation continues to […]

Small Kindnesses Latin Style
Friday, June 18th, 2010

We’ve heard from Yetta Aguado who, like Carolina Vallejo, is concerned about South America. Yetta’s project is related to “temporary collective housing (less than 10 persons) for homeless people. The design of the interior spaces and the equipments, in 3 different categories.” If you read Spanish or Portugese, contest information can be found here:

Disaster Aversion
Monday, February 15th, 2010

David Stairs I want to be upfront about this: I’m not giving any money to Haitian relief. That sounds mean-spirited, I know. But truth be told, on the heels of my Oxfam donation following the tsunami, I was already beginning to feel relief fatigue. Although they dispute this statement, Architecture for Humanity, an organization I’ve […]

small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES
Friday, July 24th, 2009

Wes Janz onesmallproject Every human who has walked the surface of our planet has thought and acted in relation to the landscape. We have some understandings of these dynamics including Ansel Adams’ photography of the U.S. southwest, Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for Fallingwater, Jane Jacobs’ insights into the life of American cities, the New York […]

Small Kindnesses ’09
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Design-Altruism-Project has been included in the recently published Blogs: Mad About Design from Barcelona’s maomao publications, and Singapore’s Page One. Edited by Macarena San Martin and featuring over 500 pages and 243 sites from the design blogosphere, the book promises to be a resource for anyone with an interest in contemporary online design discourse. D-A-P […]

Small Kindnesses in China
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Since June, Wang Jing in Nanjing and AGI member Robert Appleton in Toronto have been working on an international exhibition of design, art and music to benefit the survivors of the Sichuan earthquake. It opens in Nanjing this Sunday for one week only. “5:12 CHINA’S MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE. A COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION.” includes works donated by over […]

Smallscale Philanthropy
Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Designers Without Borders is the only non-profit organization in the world specifically dedicated to enhancing development through communication design education. We have long supported improved technological access for people in the developing world. DWB spent academic 2006-2007 working with hundreds of African students, developing and improving computer labs, planning design curricula, and donating design computing […]

Small Kindnesses 6
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Readymade’s INDEX nomination goes semi-final

Small Kindnesses 5
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

D-A-P turns one year old