design | community | impact
bridgeport, chicago, u.s.a.

we are designers harnessing human potential & fresh perspectives to create conditions for more effective change & social impact.

our approach

Our core philosophy, our services and how we innovate.


our team

OUR design TEAm (+ you?)
Learn about who we are and what kind of changemaker you might be.


our reach

Partners, clients, sponsors, idols and events.


"RESUSCITATE |riˈsəsəˌtāt| to bring back to a conscious or active state again."
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary

"Efficiency in production should not be a guiding principle, for it takes away all humanity and creativity."
- Grace Lee & Jimmy Boggs

"All men up, no man down."
- Whitney Young, Sr.

"All too often a solution is sought in some kind of formalism ... devoid of its original spirit"
- José Antonio Coderch

"Promote the general welfare of the people."
- Preamble of the U.S. Constitution

"Embrace complexity to uncover simple solutions."
- Eric Berlow

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- Buckminster Fuller

featured ideas:

community-designed grocery store vision
community-grocery demand | finalist for Design Ignites Change 2013 Fellowship

housing cooperatives visioning
housing cooperatives visioning

what is changemaking
what is changemaking? | dissecting the world of planning, policy & other changemaking disciplines

bus node businesses
bus node businesses | part of First Place entry for Design Makes Change 2012 competition

corner store network
corner store network | part of First Place entry for Design Makes Change 2012 competition

multi-use public schools
multi-use public schools | part of First Place entry for Design Makes Change 2012 competition


civiclab TIF poster
tax-increment financing poster visualization | in collaboration with CivicLab

redefining suburbia
redefining suburbia

plan for detroit
a plan for detroit

equitable transit options

blurred and proud neighborhoods
blurred & proud
| a chicago neighborhoods project

USER-TESTING: look for the next version of our tool that makes it easier to consider housing cooperatives with friends.

RECOGNITION: our project was a finalist for the Design Ignites Change 2013 Fellowship. we are extremely honored and are working hard to realize the ideas outlined in our proposal.

our entry for the Design Makes Change's Sweet Homes Chicago 2012 competition won 1st place! many thanks to the organizers, jurors, and supporters. implementation is underway ...