NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. NEXT.cc introduces what design is, what design does, and why design is important. It offers activities across nine scales- nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world. NEXT.cc’s journeys integrate museums, institutions and contemporary practices. NEXT.cc reaches young people, their teachers and their families with meaningful learning experiences that create positive influence on lives.
INSPIRE wonder of built and natural worlds
PROMOTE stewardship of the environment
ENABLE eco literacy and digital fluency through place based design projects
CONNECT classrooms in an eco-web community
NEXT.cc is a collaborative effort by principals, teachers, architects, artists and students. Founded as an educational non-profit in 2007(after 2002 and 2004 pilots) NEXT.cc researches and creates transdisciplinary journeys that engage local ideas with global practices. Participants move from the computer into the community and learn about themselves, their neighbors, and their friends as they engage history and culture of place and explore sustainable design possibilities. NEXT.cc delivers eco literacy and digital fluency changing STEM teaching to STEEAM (Science,Technology,Environment, Engineering, Art and Math).
NEXT.cc is partnered with Ace Mentors, Earth Day Network, National Environmental Education Foundation, Global Campaign For Climate Action, US Green Charter Schools, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Creative Divergents, the Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Harvard Career Links Project, FutureLab’s InfoCow, UIA’s Architecture and Children Program, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. NEXT.cc workshops have reached over 3500 teachers and 15,000 students since the inception of the eco web.
Union of International Architects Architecture + Children Golden Cubes
USGBC Excellence in Green Building Education
American Architectural Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts