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A46 ARCH 563LDesign as a Social Practice: Community Practice in Pagedale3.0 Units
Description:This course will strive to understand our community through examining the inequities, divisions and tension within the St. Louis Metropolitan region and harness design as an agent for change and empowerment. The social and economic upheaval experienced in inner city neighborhoods and underserved communities over the last half century are the result of government and social services having withered in a period marked by dramatic social, demographic and technological changes effectively restructuring the US economy. These issues may seem unrelated to the practice of architecture and urban design, however they are fundamental to how design shapes community. At this moment, we are challenged as design professionals with the opportunity to engage, and serve communities that have been marginalized by conventional modes of thinking and creative practice. The seminar builds upon existing relationships and a body work and engagement in the Pagedale community while laying the groundwork for new action. This seminar questions traditional modes of practice and common assumptions through focusing creative production to confront the challenges facing residents and decision- makers. The course seeks to break down physical and disciplinary boundaries to achieve a radical new production. The seminar will include the following: examination of entrenched assumptions by students and community members through reading and discussion; involvement in the community, including volunteer work, community engagement and civic participation; research into pressing issues that will culminate in a creative project; and dissemination of information to both classmates and the community as a whole. This course is open to disciplines outside of architecture. Students in Art and Social Work are encouraged to register. The course will meet periodically in the community.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
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