A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Contemporary Issues in Design: Safety in Numbers


AIADO 4954 002
Faculty: Douglas Pancoast

Course concept: Make a tool of inquiry to explore an urban place or condition, then help teach someone how to use it, modify it or extend it to consider and communicate ideas of “safe”.  

Working with community participants from the Homan Square / North Lawndale area of Chicago, the course will develop tools of inquiry and instructional modules for exploring space and place. Focusing on data collection technology and environmental media as a process for iterative inquiry on the complex issue of “safety” and its formation, the class will create a series of tools, and ways to use them, that encourage people to investigate their environment and share their findings as public visualizations and materializations. 

The course is underwritten by a grant from the Motorola Foundation and will host a guest teacher and researcher from the MIT Center for Civic Media.

This course will be creating partnerships and working in the North Lawndale Community. It will take place in our new classroom at Homan Square.

Nichols Tower (The Old Sears Tower) 12th floor
906 S Homan Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
A 3 block walk from the CTA Homan Blue Line Stop