COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Students will work in the field and the classroom. Community engagement with residents will be based on participatory design activities in public spaces, utilizing open methodologies. The students will design and strategize activities to do alongside the community during the initial research and design stages, taking into consideration residents’ age, background, interest, or field of expertise. These activities could take the form of a game, interview, round table or workshop, with the aim to get feedback during the design process. Later, locals will be invited to the students’ presentations to provide further feedback.
PARTNERS: The class will work with three different partners: locals, advisors and designers. By conducting participatory design activities, the students will inform locals about the future development projects, providing decision-making tools that will allow them to share their thoughts and incorporate them into the student’s proposals. Advisors from the academic, private, and public sectors will be invited to the class in order to provide feedback about the proposals. This will include professors from the Engineering, Social Studies and Economics department, private organizations and NGOs focused on alternative transportation systems, ecology and public life, and finally members of different Municipality departments such as Planning, Social Action, and Education. Also, Perkins Eastman’s Master Plan Designers will accompany the class during the entire process providing data, lectures, and constant feedback.