Unraveling Urban Life and Space
Cities are systems, systems within systems. Government, infrastructure, food, healthcare, education, taxes, ecosystems - these are just a few examples. We live in a time characterized by dysfunction and lack of investment (#neglect) in many of these systems. Some of these are spectacular – levee failure – to mundane - a crack in the sidewalk. As we’ve seen in #Flintwatercrisis, catastrophes happen when multiple system failures align in the same space.
Understanding the systems operating within cities lets us understand cities and how to accomplish tasks (change, built work, permit approval) within them far better. In this project the systems of the city become more visible to us through the places where they break down. We reframe these places as opportunities for design.
How can design utilize dysfunctional urban systems to create more just, healthy, and sustainable environments?
Project site: Chosen by individual student for his/her Part II design. Choose a site that:
Th 2.11 Part I in-class presentation, posts to social media/your online portfolio, tagged with @samedelstein and @Andrew_Maxwell, #iteams (+other hashtags at your discretion)
Part II project brief posted via @susandieterlen and on City Wild (blog)
Tu 2.16 & No formal class meeting-
Th 2.18 no studio deadlines week. Email me with questions or to meet by appointment.
Tu 2.23 80% complete; Regular studio meeting
Th 2.25 Poster Session with Syracuse I-Team (location and details TBA)
M 2.29 5:00 p.m.: Parts I and II due in pdf to class Google drive folder. Please submit your Part I work as completed for 2.11.16, even if you used a different system for Part II.
Post final boards to social media/your online portfolio, tagged with @samedelstein and @Andrew_Maxwell, #iteams.
Pdf of final boards uploaded to course website, AND
For poster session: 2 – 24”x 36” boards in hardcopy, unmounted, oriented horizontally (eg: 36” wide). Also include a separate paragraph explaining your design intent (300 words or less) – details about how to submit this paragraph will be forthcoming.
Boards should include:
Designs should be realistic in terms of scale and relationships of site elements, with materials specified for key elements.
Copyright © 2016 Susan Dieterlen
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.