Bryan Bell’s work is focused on public interest design, which he researched as a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2010-11. After the fellowship, Bell cofounded the Public Interest Design Institute which provides training in this emerging field. He has published two books on the subject including Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism with Metropolis Books.

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What do you consider a design issue? Beauty? Form? Material? How about reducing disease, saving chimpanzees, or helping to prevent crime? While not yet the conventional attitude, a new field called public interest design is bringing together a broad range of professionals—from architects to landscape and graphic designers—to tackle new …

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