Sep '06 - Dec '09
My group and I just finished our project for my final pro-practice course "A New Framework for Practice" with Paul Nakazawa.
As I mentioned before we chose to look at the pressures that slums are putting on the built environment across the world and how architects can best expand the current practice paradigm to work there. Our conclusion is that there are no set paths to work in the many different slums around the world, instead what is needed is a platform where designers can gather, categorize, analyze, and easily share information of projects going on in slums. We then spent some time designing just such a platform using a series of quadrants (see image below) and categories we created using observations from current projects and slums as documented by the UN. The final goal is to turn the chart into an interactive website where you can access it at any quadrant and gather the necessary information on any slum, project, governmental organization, financial institution, etc... you may be interested in.
Anyway, although the class is over we are still working on some aspects, I wanted to share the blog we created to follow the process that we went through over the semester.
Social Design Practice team:
Dan Spiegel, Ryan Wampler, Julia Watson, Noel Murphy, Josh Dannenberg, Q