Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is the parent organization of New Village Press. ADPSR 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, traveling exhibits, and citizen diplomacy exchange programs with the former Soviet Union. Since 1990, ADPSR has focused much of its effort on ecologically and socially responsible development.
Green building and ecological design has the been the focus in California since the 1990s. Since 2004 ADPSR has been involved in human rights, especially issues related to inceration in the United States. ADPSR's Prison Alternatives Initiative calls on architects, other design professionals, and the public to support community-based alternatives to incarceration and to refuse to design prisons. As of 2012, ADPSR's efforts on prisons have been aimed more specifically at stopping the human rights abuses of the design of spaces for execution and prolonged solitary confinement, especially by working with the American Institute of Architects. Other ADPSR projects include the facilitation of citizen participation in local and regional planning, low-income housing advocacy and participate as an NGO in the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT). ARCPeace is ADPSR's international affiliate.
Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and its project, New Village Press, are committed to non-discrimination, as well as 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.
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