Nicole and Lauren are co-founders of The Residence, a global learning collective of civil servants, civil society, and social designers/innovators, that elevates multidisciplinary and cross-sector practice to tackle complex problem problems.
Workshop Creating Without Commissions is a design collective founded in 2012, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico led by Yazmín M. Crespo MArch, Omayra Rivera PhD, and Irmaris Santiago MArch. The collective has developed participatory design-build projects titled Collective Architectures. Our mission is to investigate, build and support architecture that promotes equity in all scenarios. We look at how design and architecture can have agency in the ideation and construction of spaces.
The authors are all PhD candidates in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. As transition design researchers, the authors are committed to and have conducted a diversity of projects engaged in societal shift toward long-term, sustainable futures and lifestyles that are simultaneously place-based (local) and internationally networked (global). As researchers originally from Latin America they all share an interest in critically grounding design research and participatory design practices to the Latin American context.