AIADO 4101-001 (2094)
SAIC Design @ Homan Square combines professional practice design experience with community activism. Operating out of SAIC’s facility in the Nichols Tower at Homan Square, the course engages students in a focused dialogue on social project implementation in Chicago and provides the tools and frameworks to realize those projects. Functioning as a pro bono “design consultancy” where the residents, small businesses, and community groups of North Lawndale act as “clients,” each job is treated as a discrete project involving research, knowledge-sharing, and design action. The projects cover a two-semester cycle with each semester being offered as an independent class. The projects will cover a two-semester cycle with each semester being offered as an independent class. The fall semester focuses on contextualizing the issues and problems and issues brought by the community. Students will perform a deep dive into the culture, politics, and geography of the community, revealing the larger structural issues that are often the rood cause of specific problems. The deliverable for the first semester class is a solid design brief that provides a research deck and a set of design directions. The course running in spring semester will emphasize the last three stages of the design thinking process: ideation, prototyping, and testing.
Odile Compagnon / Lynette Stuhlmacher
This multidisciplinary studio builds upon previous analysis regarding housing developments in North Lawndale, including some in historic districts. Students will review newly proposed strategies for the production of affordable housing in underserved neighborhoods, and collaborate with community organizations, schools, and businesses to develop a supportive housing program. By working on the design and renovation of an existing building, the studio will aim to answer how designers can work with local agents, social activists, artists, artisans and contractors to enable youths, and help them take control of their own access to housing and family services.
Spring 2021: Asha Iman Veal
Fall 2020: shawné michaelain holloway
Fall 2019: Asha Iman Veal & Haman Cross
Spring 2019: Leah Gipson and Eva Marxen
This course is an introduction to self-reflexivity and research in community settings. Students will learn how to question personal and institutional motivations for working in particular contexts, examining issues of power, multiculturalism, urban environments, mythmaking, and spatial imaginaries and realities. From a position of equity and creative citizenship, students will explore the shape and politics of cultural encounters among people, neighborhoods, and institutions. This class will be based at Homan Square, on the West Side of Chicago.