Education is one of the biggest design challenges in the 21st century. Designer Emily Pilloton (right) moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.
Emily Pilloton and her Project H Design initiative are looking at:
(1) Design For Education - the physical construction of improved materials, spaces, and experiences for students and teachers;
(2) Redesigning Education - a systems level look at how education is administered, what is being offered, and to whom;
and (3) Design As Education - actually teaching design in schools by coupling design thinking with real construction and fabrication skills fulfilling an actual, useful community purpose.
The Project H design principles are:
1. Design through action
2. Design with, not for
3. Design systems, not stuff
4. Document, share, and measure
5. Start locally, and scale globally
Click on the heading above to see Emily Pilloton explain her work in a small, rural community to apply the idea of Teaching Design for Change at a recent TED conference.