Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility

Organisation – Berkeley, USA

1981 onwards

Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is an organisation that brings together design professionals, is funded through membership and 'works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building and social justice.' They have developed different initiatives since they started promoting nuclear disarmament in the 1980s. In the nineties they focused their effort on ecologically and socially responsible development. Their current campaigns include a Prison Alternatives Initiative which started as a call to boycott prison design, including their construction and renovation. They have a growing list of architects and designers unwilling to work in the sector and who instead advocate community based solutions to incarceration with an emphasis on rehabilitation. Another recent initiative is the Katrina Task Force for the reconstruction of New Orleans, where ADPSR are advocating community participation and control over the reconstruction process. They are working to ensure that existing communities are not dispersed and new designs follow ecological principles. In their effort to bridge the gap between community activists, architects and academics, ADPSR also publish as New Village Press, their titles include, Asphalt to Ecosystems, Building Commons and Community and Co Housing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. They also organise the Lewis Mumford Awards 'to honour people and organisations that exemplify ADPSR's goals'.

References About

Sharon Danks, Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation (Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2010).

Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant, Co Housing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves (Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2007).

Robert Leonard and Ann Kilkelly, Performing Communities: Grassroots Ensemble Theaters Deeply Rooted in Eight U.S. Communities (Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2006).

Karl Linn, Building Commons and Community (Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2008).

"New Village Press,"


'The goals of our programs are to:
1. raise professional and public awareness of critical social and environmental issues;
2. further responsive design and planning; and
3. honor persons and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility.'


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