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2017: Mid-Year Review

A look at what we’ve been up to…

In the final months of 2016 and first quarter of 2017, the Douglas C. Allen Institute gained an incredible amount of support : over $40,000 from 60 different firms, organizations, and individuals has been raised during that period alone. With that funding, DCAI has expanded its staff to hire Candler Vinson as Communications Director. Candler is a graduate of Emory University and an accomplished non-profit professional, with experience at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Environment Georgia, and currently as the Program Manager for CNU Atlanta. He is also a practiced writer and editor, having written for Creative Loafing Atlanta and The Urban Times, as well as his own blog, The Suburban City.

In December, Executive Director Paul Knight gave his second Streets lecture at the Atlanta City Studio to a crowd of nearly fifty attendees, in addition to giving a modified version of that lecture at Jacobs as part of the “Jacobs Future” lecture series.

In February, we released the first History of Urban Form video was released which currently has over nine hundred views. This 45 minute presentation features Doug’s audio with updated graphics and animations. Work is already underway on the second lecture.

In March, we executed an agreement with the University of Georgia’s School of Landscape Architecture establishing the Doug Allen and Kappa Sig Scholarship. This is due in large part to the effort of DCAI board member Bill Haley. More details will be forthcoming.

And in May, we are excited to announce a collaboration with the Georgia Design Alliance Partnership to archive Doug Allen’s body of work. Details can be found in Otium Issue 02.

We can only do all of this with your generous support. We are seeking like-minded designers, writers, and media-makers to join in this effort, and funders to make it all possible. Please contribute today by mail or online. And remember we are a 501(c)(3) organization, so you can take full advantage of the tax deduction.