June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Design in Engineering Education
Capstone projects are usually designed to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity using the knowledge and skills students acquire in their coursework. This paper presents the initial findings of a two-semester-long, industry-facilitated, and collaborative capstone project in Spring and Fall 2018. A team of construction management and interior design students at California State University, Fresno was tasked to design and build a temporary home prototype for a local homeless shelter to raise awareness of an urgent social and economic issue in the community. The new design aims to create a more comfortable and uplifting environment for the homeless. The project provides an immersive interdisciplinary learning environment with a tangible scope, featuring direct mentorship of faculty and a local architect, collaboration between two colleges, and active interaction with a non-profit organization. The project is evaluated based upon information gathered from student design artifacts, construction process documentation, and perceptual data via surveying and reflection. This paper discusses the benefits and unique challenges of Design for Homeless (DfH) and provides insights on its implementation as a capstone experience.
Luo, Y., & Polgar, S., & Wu, W. (2019, June), Design for Homeless (DfH): A capstone experience Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32601
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