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Controlled Chaos: Modeling Interdisciplinary Practice for Architecture and Engineering Students in a Real World Community Engaged Design Project.This paper describes, analyzes and assesses “The Berg”, a design project undertaken byengineering and architecture students at ___ University in collaboration with the city of___. The students created designs for the conversion and expansion of a defunct FieldHouse into a recreational facility and community center suitable an urban park in animpoverished ____neighborhood. The authors, a structural engineer and licensedarchitect who served as advisors on the, assert that community-service design has thepotential to ignite debate about design both outside and inside the professions. Who isentitled to good design? Do underserved constituencies, such as physically disabledchildren and lower income citizens, need good design? Does design for the socially andeconomically challenged need merely to meet minimum legal standards? What doesdesign for such non-profit clienteles look like? What role do the values of so-called higharchitecture play in such community-engagement designs?The Berg was realized in two courses: a comprehensive design studio for fourth yeararchitecture students and a professional elective taken by mostly engineering students anda small number of architecture students. In consultation with multiple community andinstitutional stakeholders, the project afforded an opportunity for students and facultyalike to consider the issues outlined above and present their own responses. The multi-dimensional collaborations and design iterations represented an opportunity for thestudents to model modes of contemporary practice in engineering and architecture. Forthe architecture students it was a first experience in having to request, manage andappropriately integrate outside technical knowledge into their design process, for theengineering students it was their first exposure to the design process and the multifacetedway their highly specific skills are deployed in a real world process. The teaching,evaluation and assessment of the courses represent an opportunity for educators to thinkabout the role of service learning in architecture and engineering education. The Bergcompelled students to integrate technology and structure in the design process, requiredstructural engineers to and as such can be seen as experiments in advancing designpedagogy.
MacNamara, S., & Bowne, L. D. (2015, June), Controlled Chaos: Modeling Interdisciplinary Practice for Architecture and Engineering Students in a Real World Community Engaged Design Project. Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23746
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