For my last full week at the STEAM Factory before working remotely in August, I got to sit in on a meeting with the Neighborhood Design Center. You’ve probably passed their office a million times on campus, but, like me, had no idea the amazing things they are doing for our community.
Their mission is simple: to bring design to all communities, as a right rather than a privilege. They specialize in architecture, landscape design, and even urban planning and as a nonprofit, they work with the city to charge low costs to their clients. They focus on six areas around the city that are the most in need of their services, places like West Franklinton, where the STEAM Factory is located.
This fact led to their meeting with STEAM, which mainly focused on ways to collaborate in the future. Isabela Gould, the executive director of NDC, is looking for ways to partner with STEAM and our faculty to find even greater solutions for these underserved areas.
What I loved most about NDC is the way they are using their passions and talents for good. Their creative ways of thinking and commitment to serving Columbus have led to some powerful change in their six locations, and I’m excited to see what they will accomplish with STEAM in the future.