Course Description

At this moment two parallel conditions press the viability of cities. On one hand, the environmental costs of modern urbanization are now coming due as exemplified by the impacts of the climate crisis. On the other, the social liabilities of development led by private interests have produced inequities in terms of housing, services, and employment. In the past, addressing one has often meant sacrificing the other. Forces that intertwine social and environmental issues manifest themselves physically in the built environment. For example, new density to alleviate housing inequity can sometimes occupy land that might otherwise have sequestered carbon and absorbed storm water runoff. Robust green infrastructure for mitigating floods might inadvertently drive up land value and costs of housing resulting in a form of “climate gentrification”. This studio will negotiate these seemingly conflicting endeavours by providing a platform for students from the Daniels Faculty’s various design disciplines (MLA, MUD, MArch) to engage in common areas and sites of research and design. In this one semester, there may not be the time to synthesize all of our knowledge into a single project, rather each discipline will approach shared subjects of investigation from a lens appropriate to their field of study. The studio, as a platform, will provide a space for student to work from distinct disciplinary approaches that are ultimately shared through a common body of knowledge.



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