The Design for Freedom report contains nearly 100 pages of original content and resources from industry leaders and experts.
Tell us a little about yourself to download our free report and to receive our monthly newsletter.
“If others use this as their guide too, we can transform the industry.”
FXCollaborative is committed to being advocates for change in order to have a positive impact on our profession, our community, and the planet. Key tenets that are critical to our mission are:
Our resource library should reflect these tenets and articulate our values and commitment to issues of social justice, sustainability, and the health and well-being of our planet and the inhabitants of the environments we create. The resources we select must contribute to the creation of a healthier, more equitable future for human-kind and the planet. What we specify has significant and lasting impacts on the ecosystems of our planet and the human condition. As designers, we can influence and look to our practice to insist on industry accountability and change. By signaling to manufacturers and product suppliers our firm values, we send an important message and convey our sense of responsibility to collectively advance manufacturing practices and industry resources.
Finding clear, simple, and transparent information about materials is difficult. Databases are incomplete, and the issues are often complex, technical, and can seem insurmountable. We lead busy lives, working to tight deadlines and often don’t have the luxury of time, nor the resources to research in depth. We rely on supplier information which can be ambiguous and selective as it comes with its own agenda. Without the right information, we are prey to whitewashing and/or greenwashing.
How can we make informed choices and advocate for better outcomes in our objective? This manifesto is our action plan for doing so, and we encourage our peers and faculty at universities to create a manifesto too.
As we prepare for our move to Brooklyn, it is a time to reflect, edit, and re-formulate our resource library. Our goals are:
We want to know what we are specifying. To do so, we will ask manufacturers and product suppliers to divulge information related to their production and practices. Below is an outline of the criteria – three primary lenses – we will use for evaluation: social justice and ethical sourcing, human health and well-being, and embodied carbon and sustainable practices.
Social Justice and Ethical Sourcing:
Human Health and Well Being:
Sustainability and the Climate Crisis:
Editor’s Note: The Materials Library Manifesto is a working example that can serve as an achievable Action Step for Architects and Faculty/Students.
Your purchase of our ethically-manufactured Design for Freedom face mask, released in partnership with Herman Miller and Design Within Reach, will help to advance our movement to eliminate forced labor in the built environment.