“We break bread all the time.”
Details is a nonprofit social enterprise which deconstructs buildings to salvage their materials and fixtures which would otherwise be demolished and hauled to the landfill. The deconstruction crew is tight-knit; many share the common history of facing previous barriers to employment. Our partnership with Details, under the mentorship of George Aye from Greater Good Studio, focused on helping them design and activate their new expanded home.
After extensive interviews with ten of their staff, we worked to draw insights about their current challenges and wishes for their future home. Patterns started to emerge: they wanted to share more downtime, knowledge, and games. They wanted stronger interactions between administration and the crew members.
Three teams grew out of these insights: one to create a vision for career development and emotional well-being of the crew, one to address the desire for collectivism and community, and finally one team to crystallize all into a logical architectural design.
Takeaways: Grouping by themes became an effective way to process the hundred of pages of interviews; we started to see common threads throughout multiple responses by multiple people. Framing those themes into “How Might We…?” questions encouraged us to think of solutions which addressed the root of the interview responses.
Project completed within the graduate program in Social Design at MICA.
Project Team: Matt Barr, Denise Brown, Jaynie Chartrand, María Isabel García-Díaz, Smile Indias, Devika Menon, Naeeme Mohammadi, Patricia Natalie, Molly Reddy, Rachel Serra, Mimi Yang, Irina Wong
Faculty Advisors: Thomas Gardner, Mike Weikert, Bori Fehrer.