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30 Resources to Inspire Reflection and Action

30 Resources that Inspire Reflection and Action 

Blog – New Framework for Healing-Centered Community Development

Read about our New Framework for Healing-Centered Community Development

Trauma-informed Design: Designing for Healing, Dignity and Joy

Trauma-informed Design: Designing for Healing, Dignity and Joy

Design Matters Toolkit

The Design Matters Toolkit provides three industry-tested tools that allow developers to incorporate thoughtful, people-focused design into any affordable housing project – no matter how tight the budget or complex the timeline.  Watch our video to get started.

Design Matters Toolkit

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Design Matters Toolkit
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Get started fast! Quick, easy-to-use documents for writing design briefs and RFPs, crafting meeting agendas, and creating surveys. 

design development

Take a deeper dive: resources to reconsider your pre-development process, from guides to improve RFPs and create design guidelines, to ideas for participatory process.

targeted outcomes

Focus your efforts: tools to meet your impact goals – such as health, aging, and community building. 

case studies

Learn from others: see how your peers have achieved more with thoughtful design. 


Learn about the Rose Fellowship, which partners emerging architectural designers and artists with community development organizations.

Find out about our annual convening of leading designers and developers to charrette individual projects. 

Discover our work to support community development and housing initiatives to leverage arts, culture, and creativity.

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Many Thanks

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our philanthropic partners: the Barr Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Surdna Foundation in developing the Design Matters toolkit.

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