Public Interest Design is defined as is a human-centered and participatory design practice that places emphasis on the “triple bottom line” of sustainable design that includes ecological, economic, and social issues and on designing products, structures, and systems that address issues such as economic development and the preservation of the environment.
In the past few years, the engineering firm that I am working for, SEH (Short Elliot Hendrickson), has begun seeking many projects of public interest design. One of the more recent projects that we have had the pleasure of working on are cast-in-place concrete walls that provide visual interest to the community. These walls are located in Minneapolis on Lake St. the purpose of the walls are to tie the community together by creating sculptural walls with extruded and engraved cultural symbols of the people that live around the area. It creates a sense of home for the residents.
With a background in LEED, Light Imprint New Urbanism and SmartGrowth strategies, SEH bring a fresh perspective to a complete range of projects – parks, trails, riverwalks, downtown streetscapes, public plazas and more. We’re collaborating with clients and community members to create inspiring landscapes that fulfill the full spectrum of design objectives. Balancing project, community and user needs, we design artful places and functional greenspaces that also work to improve economic, environmental and social resiliency. SEH designers help clients achieve their goals and make a lasting contribution to quality of life.