Units: 
6
Option: 
Required

This course introduces students to design problems of increasing depth and complexity, and continues developing their skills in graphic and verbal communications. Studio projects emphasize site planning for large sites and/or complex programmatic requirements. Students are expected to address site context, ecology, sociocultural factors, and artistic principles of design in all project work.

 

Grading: 
Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E
Enrollment Requirement: 
For majors only.
Special course fee required: 
$25

The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams. (http://www.completestreets.org/ visited August, 2010).

Students explored sustainable practices in design, regionalism, connectivity and urban identity to rethink Campbell Avenue as a complete street from Speedway to River. They asked the following questions:

  • What is the existing identity of the street?
  • Does the character along the street change - how so?
  • Within this existing character what are the unique positive characteristics?
  • What are the potential themes that can be created to enhance identity and experience?
  • How might the street be reconfigured to accommodate pedestrians of all ages?
  • What are the programmatic elements (outdoor festivals, water harvesting gardens, traffic calming, shade, outdoor eating, etc.) that might be used to guide redesign and promote the making of a complete street?

Students responded the need to improve interpretative visitor facilities at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Schematic concepts were developed for a multipurpose auditorium expansion. The effort provided the National Park Service with background research, and preparatory master planning efforts for improved visitor experience and environmental sustainability.