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Design You Like You Give a Damn 2 Nomination Process

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Nomination Brief

We are looking for nominations that highlight breakthrough design solutions with the power and potential to improve our lives and the world. These designs may improve the human spirit, increase awareness of the environment, or respond to areas of need in the world, whether to provide shelter and clean water or address climate change and humanitarian crises. We'd love to hear from you -- for questions or suggestions, email dlygad at architectureforhumanity dot org

Nomination deadline: October 1, 2010

Video by: Chris Gray Austin

Design means: – encompassing architecture, urban planning, product, landscape, graphic, interior, and industrial design – although we invite new definitions that defy this traditional definition.

Here are the criteria:


Some Questions to Resolve

Anyone can enter a project. In researching prospective projects please provide enough information to answer fully the following questions:

1. Are we considering a group of projects or a single project?

2. What is the humanitarian mission/aspect of the project that should be highlighted/considered?

3. Is the project in use by people and benefiting their lives? Or is it still in the development/prototype phase? If so how many people has it impacted? If not, why do you think it has merit?

4. Is this an emerging project or has it emerged? In researching please provide information on whether the project has received ample funding, has been widely publicized and where, whether it has received awards or honors, whether it has been successfully commercialized, whether it has been recognized and/or replicated by peers.

5. Is this a project that will result in a specific building or product or is it a process/strategy that will result in a specific outcome towards a social goal? Provide detailed information on the final product/building or outcome resulting from the design.

6. What is the structure of the project? Is it a commercial project making social impact or a socially motivated project that may or may not have a commercial element

7. How is the project sustainable, scalable or replicable?


> Step 1: Create a new nomination project

Select the 'Enter Now' tab at the top of the Design Like You Give a Damn page. Login or register, then click on 'Create an Entry.' A template entry with filler text and a placeholder image will be created.

> Step 2: Update the Project Description

Click on the 'Edit' button in the upper left-hand corner of your nomination entry. In the text box, you can complete information about the project, ie: project name, project description, and other project details. Fill out as much as know and always provide source credits. NOTE: you can embed videos with the embed code from Youtube or Vimeo, among others. Don't forget to complete the selection fields below the project description (as much as you know) as this will make the project searchable on the Open Architecture Network.

You will have to assign a book chapter (go with what sounds right) and create a custom URL path (the project name with underscores is a good choice. Delete any placeholder or explanation text. When complete, the entry should look something like this. When you have finished select the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. You edit the profile as many times as you like.

> Step 3: Upload Images

Select the 'Files' tab at the top of the page. Here you can upload any images, drawings, renderings or additional documents. When uploading files make sure to check all (3) check box options. This ensures the image is displayed in the slideshow on the 'Overview' page as well as in the 'Workspace' section ... and makes it accessible to the Open Architecture Network users. Always add credit/source information, even if it is just a web URL. You can change the order of the images by clicking on the 'Overview' tab and selecting 'Reorder' (displayed underneath the slideshow.) Then, simply drag and drop.

Note: Please do not rename images you find online (this makes it easier to track them at a later stage, when securing rights.)

Fair Use

As it applies to text, fair use is generally considered to be any text (even 100%) taken from a press release OR any (2), 200 word excerpts (for a total of 400 words, but no more than 200 words per instance) taken from from a single source (article, website page, etc) for educational purposes and knowledge sources. A good question to ask yourself is: how much of the piece did you take? Try to keep it to 20-30% … otherwise paraphrase. The fair use exercise is partly mind and partly heart. Ask yourself: are you infringing on this person’s copyright OR are you using an excerpt to explain their point of view and lead people to them? As you follow fair use guidelines, remember to ALWAYS use quotes and attribute everything. Cite sources in the footnotes (or resources section).

If you need to share an article or report in its entirety, simply link to it.
Feel free to link to videos on YouTube - they are public.


Check out the "Crash Course in Copyright" by the University of Texas at Austin explaining fair use and the "four factor test":

Also, take a look at the University of Minnesota fair use printable, PDF worksheet (great resource to help evaluate and weigh fair use):


Any press release, in its entirety, falls under fair use.


Open the image in the browser by itself. This will give you the name of the image. Then search for the original source for the image … or contact the blog itself. If you do not have time for this, simply make a note of the image title and source and do not rename the image - this will facilitate a future release of permissions.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization transforming the creative landscape by offering a free licensing system that allows authors, artists, scientists, etc to amend their work license from the traditional copyright ("all rights reserved") to "some rights reserved" or other nuanced, shared distributions. There are many different types of creative commons licensing, allowing the creator to tailor the license to their need. Some things are expressly licensed for your use, for example YouTube, Flickr, and others. Always provide attribution.


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