Over 150 dedicated community members, non-profit organization staff, and University of North Texas Interior Design students gathered on October 9th to participate in the charrette Design to Serve, a public interest design movement intended to create a community-centered design for the Serve Denton Assistance Center, a place where people in need will be able to receive help from several different nonprofits. “This is a huge step for us because the next step is to raise money for the renovations, and we are working hard to connect the community directly to this space in meaningful ways, including UNT, our nonprofit partners, and city staff,” said Serve Denton’s Director of Operations, Heather Quinn Gage.
Honorary guest architect Bryan Bell, director of DesignCorps, assisted in the charrette with his expertise in public interest design, offering solutions for the big project.
UNT students also turned to the community after the initial designs were drawn, and ultimately received an abundance of helpful comments and responses. With their help, the students incorporated community members' feedback into several designs throughout the building.
On October 23rd, a gallery exhibit of these designs was opened for the community to see the progress UNT Interior Design's hardworking students have made.