Across the world, communities are using design to develop innovative approaches to urgent crises. These urgencies include forced migration, accelerating impacts of climate change and widespread lack of access to water, food, education, affordable housing, and clean air. Designers can help.

By investigating local issues, building knowledge and trust, working for the rights of the community, and applying design practices, designers are emerging as one of the forefront groups addressing the world’s acute social inequality.

Curry Stone Design Prize seeks to inspire a new level of understanding of how design can help residents build more vital communities, take ownership of their neighborhoods and improve daily living conditions.