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21 Architecturally Inclined Social Businesses

From Community Design Companies to Office Pop-ups

— June 30, 2013 — Social Good
This list of architecturally inclined social businesses include companies that pay attention the surface of things. That is to say, the exterior whether it's a building or community living, what is highlighted here is what kind of skin brings the organization together to unite around its social and/or environmental missions.

In France, Acta Vista is a social enterprise that offers training programs that have in the past included stone masonry, stone carving, carpentry and eco-building. In the United States, there's Optico, a certified B Corporation that has been around for a while. "Blending the best from the past with the most innovative ideas of the present, our multidisciplinary approach results in state-of-the-art projects that are contextually rich, architecturally solid, and aesthetically appealing," the Optico website says.
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Cross-Sector Strategists
Cross-Sector Strategists
The Partnering Initiative Supports Collaboration for Social Change
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Equitable Community Designs
Equitable Community Designs
The Hester Street Collaborative Fosters Local Resiliency
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Sustainable Housing Education
Sustainable Housing Education
Bould Helps Trains Builders On Eco-Friendly Housing Construction
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Italian Communal Housing Models
Italian Communal Housing Models
Cooperativa Sociale DESY is an Inclusive Social Enterprise
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Impactful Intrapreneurship Ventures
Impactful Intrapreneurship Ventures
Central City Concern is an Innovative Portland Non-Profit
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Eco-Building Employment
Eco-Building Employment
Acta Vista Provides Training and Work Experience to Employees
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High-Quality Low-Income Housing
High-Quality Low-Income Housing
The Fez Ta Pronto Construction System Builds Foundations
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Altruistic Nature Centers
Altruistic Nature Centers
IslandWood Aims to Foster Environmental Stewardship for Life
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Clean Tech for Non-Profits
Clean Tech for Non-Profits
Sun Light & Power Offers Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy
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12
Cohousing Companies
Cohousing Companies
McCamant & Durrett Architects Offer Collaborative Design and Living
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Community Design Companies
Community Design Companies
Opticos is a Certified B Corporation in California
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Sustaining Rural Development
Sustaining Rural Development
Barefoot College Supports Professionals in the Majority World
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Community-Building Barter Apps
Community-Building Barter Apps
Bright Neighbor is the First Sharing Economy Mobile Platform
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Destroyed Architecture Art
Destroyed Architecture Art
Beyt by '2b design' is a Social Enterprise Employing the 'Unemployable'
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Philanthropically Inclined Accommodations
Philanthropically Inclined Accommodations
The Hotel de la Paix in Cambodia is Elegant and Giving
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Recycled Cardboard Toys
Recycled Cardboard Toys
Paperpod Offers Eco-Friendly Furniture and Playhouses
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Exotic Ethical Carpets
Exotic Ethical Carpets
GAN Rugs are a Cozy Alternative to the Persian Mats You've Been Buying
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Office Pop-up Hotels
Office Pop-up Hotels
PinkCloud.dk's Business Concept Transforms Office Space into Hotels
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Utopic Eco Villages
Utopic Eco Villages
Costa Rica's Kopali Communities Adheres to the Triple Bottom Line
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Mushroom Packing Materials
Mushroom Packing Materials
New York Company Makes Packaging from Agricultural Waste and Mushrooms
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Eco Mini-Homes
Eco Mini-Homes
Lanefab Design/Build is a Company Focused on Energy and Solar Power
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