Public Architecture and the One Percent
Activist Architects was recently made aware of the work of John Cary (no, not John Kerry!), based out of San Francisco, who has started a number of initatives aimed at increasing the activist role of architects. His "firm," Public Architecture, allows architects to truly engage the public realm. According to their website, "Public Architecture is a new model for architectural practice. Supported by the generosity of foundation, corporate, and individuals grants and donations, Public Architecture works outside the economic constraints of conventional architectural practice, providing a stable, ongoing venue where architects can work for the public good."
In addition, Cary has formed "The One Percent" Solution as a means to encourage other architectural firms around the states to donate one percent of their time to pro bono work in the public realm. At this time, there is only one Minnesota firm (Paulsen Architects in Mankato) that has signed on, but we can hope that the idea may catch on, especially given the fact that Cary is a University of Minnesota alum!
FYI - You may recognize Cary's name from ArchVoices, the electronic newsletter for architectural interns that he co-published with one of his colleagues.