Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. ADPSR programs aim to raise professional and public awareness of critical social and environmental issues, further responsive design and planning, and honor persons and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility.
ADPSR was established in 1981 as a 501(c)3 public-benefit organization to promote nuclear disarmament and correct the imbalances caused by military excesses overshadowing domestic needs. Throughout the 1980s, ADPSR initiated numerous peace projects including peace parks, conferences, exhibits, and citizen diplomacy exchange programs with the former Soviet Union. In 1993, ADPSR was honored for this work by the American Institute of Architects, calling ADPSR "a strong, resounding voice for social and political justice."
Since the 1990s, ADPSR has focused much of its effort on ecologically and socially responsible development. ADPSR NorCal has been conducting a monthly "Building Ecology" lecture series in San Francisco for over a decade and also produced an annual tradeshow on ecological construction, which became West Coast Green. Recent ADPSR projects include a Prison Design Boycott and the promotion of community-based alternatives to incarceration. ADPSR is an NGO in the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT). ARCPeace is ADPSR's international affiliate.
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New Village Press is the publishing division of ADPSR and the first publisher to serve the field of grassroots community building. The Press began as ADPSR’s national periodical New Village Journal and switched to publishing books in 2005. New Village publications provide inspiration, practical guides, and a deeper understanding of critical issues, with emphasis on noteworthy models of inventiveness emerging from self-organizing communities. New Village encourages new and better-informed connections among groups coming from disparate sectors—between teachers and environmentalists, academics and citizen activists, or between artists and city planners, to name a few examples. With three to six books per year, the Press brings the classroom into the community, and provides a forum for authors and readers to explore creative solutions to seemingly intractable social, environmental, and economic problems.
ADPSR and New Village Press are committed to non-discrimination and to encouraging the equitable inclusion and participation of minorities in the activities of the organization and within the professions we represent and influence. ADPSR and New Village employ, compensate and advance personnel without regard to sex, gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, physical disability, sexual orientation or marital status.