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Instructor Info:Myrna Breitbart
Office Extension x5457
TA Info:Audrey Wachs
Julie Pedtke
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 103
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 103
Description: Built environments reflect prevailing social priorities. At times, they are also useful in challenging those priorities and demonstrating the possibility of new and more equitable social and economic relationships. This course examines historical and contemporary examples of creative place-making that intentionally employ the built environment to create a sense of place; educate; disrupt prevailing social patterns and perceptions; or actively foster new social imaginaries through experimentation with alternative ways of living and working. Through case studies, we will explore alternative planning practices, temporary occupations and transformations of public space, creative mapping, and youth-driven experiential environmental activism. We will also consider the importance of a sense of place and learn about participatory design methodologies that can infuse social activist agendas. Opportunities will be provided for both individual and collaborative research, presentations, and (depending on interest and imagination) Hampshire-based creative design interventions.