School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 3250: Public Interest Design: Community-Based Projects

Public Interest Design: Community-Based Projects

ARCH3250
Spring Semester 2014

Adjunct/Visiting Faculty‎
James Wheeler


Community Design is a movement focused on the creation and management of environments for people. This process promotes change to the built environment from the neighborhood to regional scale, and aims to meet community needs through participatory decision-making at all levels. Community Design helps to establish active partnerships with community residents and institutions and to advocate and develop strategies for strengthening neighborhoods through design.

 

These workshops will provide opportunities to engage in design projects with active partners that are addressing needs in their neighborhood and communities with an emphasis on partners in North Minneapolis, the Central Corridor, and the University District. We will partner on projects that will range in scale and scope as well as vary in the stage in which the project will be developed. Students will be introduced to the partners and projects and then work in groups of two to three to develop a scope of work and deliverable schedule with the client group to address the needs of the project during the course of the eight-week course and in some cases helping to plan for implementation beyond the end of term and into subsequent workshops.

Community Design is an incredibly fluid process that can be very intense and requires a good deal of effort, patience, and commitment. We have the opportunity to engage in partnership with a number of amazing organizations and institutions to make these design projects happen. We have the responsibility as designers to make sure that we are clear about our intentions, abilities, and assets we are bringing to the project and looking to our partners to help strengthen the aspects of the project that we are unable to provide through the development of partnerships through collaboration.



PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN: COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS 1

SPRING SEMESTER: FIRST HALF (2 CREDITS)

MONDAYS/FRIDAYS 9-12

This first half workshop will act as an introduction to community and civic engagement through design. We will be partnering with six to eight non-profits, community organizations, cross-disciplinary University projects, and city initiatives to analyze and respond to community-based issues at various stages in the projects. Each project team of three will establish a work plan to coincide with the project brief drafted by the partner and execute a variety of projects that will range from streetscape analysis and mapping exercises to prospective budgets for small-scale tactical urbanism and community-based agriculture.

PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN: COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS 2

SPRING SEMESTER: SECOND HALF (2 CREDITS)

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS 9-12

The second half workshop will focus on development of projects from the first half workshop on a finer scale. Each project team of three will re-position themselves within projects or continue with project partners to bring depth to schematics and analysis preparing budgets, beginning to detail simple structures and urban installations and learn more about processes of implementation and feedback from the communities that project partners serve.

PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN: COMMUNITY-BASED DESIGN+BUILD [TENATIVE]

MAY TERM (3 CREDITS)

MONDAY-FRIDAY 9-12

This workshop examines simple building techniques in collaboration with building and funding partners to design and build structures for growing and learning with a focus on facilitating urban agriculture projects in the Twin Cities. Former partners have included the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, Kwanzaa Community Center, the City of Minneapolis, Urban Homeworks, HandsOn Twin Cities, and Accenture.

PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN: COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS – STITCH [TENATIVE]

SUMMER TERM (3 CREDITS)

MONDAYS/FRIDAYS 9-12

This will explore the impact of tactical urbanism and pop-up architecture. What can their role be in supporting community growth and to help bridging gaps between Minneapolis and St. Paul? How can the relationship between with the built and natural environment be better understood and more visible?



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