The purpose of our Concept Development process is to imagine, design and develop spaces and places that restore and transform communities.
As many of DJ+DS’ projects are new typologies and intended for communities that require significant external financing, the concept development phase is critical to explaining and evaluating (1) what exactly we intend to build, for whom and why; (2) how thoughtful design can amplify, build capacity, and possibly improve outcomes for program partners; and (3) how much upfront and ongoing capital is required to build and maintain the project.
The Concept Development Fund will support the development of a well-constructed financial model, budget, design research, and imagery that represents the aesthetic vision for the project. DJ+DS and/or its clients will use these valuable tools to obtain project financing from foundations, social impact investors, and city agencies.
High-performing nonprofits seeking infrastructure to deliver services to more stakeholders, build organizational identity, and support fundraising/development.
Client example: Center for Court Innovation’s Near Westside Peacemaking Center
City agencies, Sheriffs, and District Attorneys looking to allocate a greater percentage of capital works funding to new types of infrastructure that support restorative programming.
Client example: San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Women’s Resource Bus
Low income communities of color facing gentrification who want to plant a firmer stake in their community, be their best selves, and thrive.
Client example: Causa Justa :: Just Cause’s housing clinic
Typically, a request for design/development services is made by a builder, public servant or hero who has learned of our work and believes that an alignment of missions may exist. A physical infrastructure deficiency has already been identified, such as a lack of space or non-functional space, and there is an interest in taking the next steps toward acquiring, developing, or repurposing a project. The next step is Concept Development.
In the development of the concept, DJ+DS engages its clients and their stakeholders in activities to identify and evaluate a project for development, some of which include a pre-qualification evaluation to identify “fund-ready” program partners, staff and community engagement to assess needs, site identification journeys, a full financial analysis of the organization, and training to use remote learning tools and help program partners identify development sites.
The potential client/tenant has most likely neither planned, nor is able to completely pay for its financial costs. While the opportunity may be promising, the process stalls. The Concept Development Fund intends to address this challenge by financially supporting design exploration during the first stages of a restorative justice/economics development.