ARC 606-1– Inclusive Design Studio

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Course No.: 18047

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Crosby – TBD

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:20PM

Faculty: Smith

One billion people, a sixth of the world’s population, live in informal “squatter” settlements. By 2030, the number will double. Despite the rapid growth of informal settlements, architects, planners, and designers have played only minor roles in the planning, development, design, and improvement of these environments, while inequities in health and well-being grow wider between nations with highly-advanced healthcare systems and developing nations. This studio, therefore, explores the political, cultural, economic, spatial, tectonic, and aesthetic phenomena of informal settlements. How and why do informal settlements arise? What are the similarities and differences among settlements throughout the world? What role can and should architectural design play? Each student conducts research on one settlement, identifies the primary inequities in health and well-being (compared to U.S. standards), and develops an architectural solution to one of those inequities.