Unraveling Urban Life and Space
I'm pleased to say I'm teaching a second edition of Studio: Next this semester in the School of Architecture. As my latest adventure in social media and pedagogical experimentation, I'll be posting course materials on this blog (and tweeting them @susandieterlen, as always). So for you blog readers not in the studio, feel free to ignore the class-related stuff or to follow along. Better yet, feel free to comment! Email me or tweet using the class hashtag #citybynext .
As usual, we'll be working with community collaborators from industry, non-profits, and public agencies, and focusing on the development of professional skills. This year the big theme is on using the transition to clean and distributed energy to make the postindustrial city a better place for people.
Here's the course flyer, featuring work by Kevin Nagle, Brad Wells, and Dave Warzyniak (all BLA 2014). If you're reading this, guys, thanks!
Coming next week to a symposium near you: an interdisciplinary conversation about what's new, what's needed, and what to do about public infrastructure in urban neighborhoods. I'll be chairing this session and moderating the discussion, as well as presenting about public perception of infrastructure. Hope to see you there! (Registration link below).
Infrastructure has many connotations - public crisis, essential service, architectural buzzword - but also encompasses innovations like broadband and community microgrids. In older urban neighborhoods, political realities and lack of open space force infrastructural interventions to share public rights-of-way, spaces crowded above and below ground and home to many competing uses, such as all-weather transportation and street life. Dialogue and synergy between these many interests are crucial to financially feasible plans to make urban neighborhoods vibrant and attractive places to live and work. Presentation topics will include public perception of neighborhood infrastructure, green infrastructure in public rights-of-way, the Syracuse I-Team initiative, and community microgrids for neighborhoods.
2015 SyracuseCoE Symposium
Clean Energy Frontiers: From Lab to Market (Nov. 9-10)
Assorted drafts, previews, and outtakes from the book I'm currently writing about the impact of vegetation and neglect on urban life. I also take other thoughts for a test drive here, including nascent design and research ideas.