There are still 4 spots open in the course Cynthia Lawson (Parsons) and Fabiola Berdiel (Milano) are co-teaching this spring. It has been taught since 2008 (under a different title, “Designing Collaborative Development”) and always has a wonderful mix of Parsons, Milano, Lang, Media Studies, and NSSR students.
COLLABORATING WITH URBAN COMMUNITIES THROUGH DESIGN
Spring 2016 | Fabiola Berdiel + Cynthia Lawson
CRN: 7984 | PSDS 5515A
Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:50 p.m.
In this course students will learn, and practice, the skills and concepts needed to collaborate with marginalized communities towards socially just urban development. The course will prepare students to work with marginalized populations and grassroots initiatives in urban settings by developing social impact projects through needs/asset-based capacity building, project design and development, and by establishing networks of collaboration. During the first half of the semester we will examine concepts and practice skills in the areas of development, social impact design, business, marketing, media communication and documentation, design of community development models, and workshop facilitation in informal settings. In the second half students will prototype a collaborative community development model in which they put into practice everything they have learned – testing and enacting the thoughts, assumptions, and ideas that have been generated in the first half of the semester. The course ends with students translating their proposals into collaborative workshops for implementation. This course is open to graduate students across all disciplines and juniors and seniors with permission.