Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2011
Class ARCH 506
Class Title Design Activism and Social Change
Description The resurgence in socially-conscious design is due in large part to groups of students and practitioners who are inspired by the widening gap between the haves and have nots; some in the field have leaped back into the arena of problem-solvers with great enthusiasm. Empowering people and designers to take direct control over their environmental and professional development, the resulting work has been both impressive and promising. Labeled as ?social entrepreneurs? by some ?design activists? by others, this loose group of designers has mashed the issues of accessibility, affordability, mobility, sustainability and aesthetics into a small, but exciting field of design activism. The projects of these broad-minded, multi-talented designers are impacting and improving lives, preserving local cultures and providing hope for the future in this country and all over the world. Their efforts bring balance to the perception that architecture is only concerned with the object by drawing attention to the kind of design that has the inherent ability to transform and in some cases, actually change lives.

This course examines the history, theory, mechanisms and projects through which architects, planners and other socially-conscious activists put their professional skills in service to the idea of social change.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Friday 9:00am-12:00pm 2227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Craig Wilkins
Syllabus Arch506-007.pdf