Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
Alberti Program: Architecture for Young People
Gay Lorberbaum
, ARCH 490A/B
In the Alberti Program: Architecture for Young People, 4th-9th grade students from St. Louis Public Schools work with WUSTL students to learn about architecture and complete hands-on 2D and 3D problem solving projects. Semester: Fall; Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to grads and undergrads.
Art Practices Public Practice (Realized Actions)
Noah Kirby, F10 386A, 486A, 586A, 686A
This studio course focuses on the realization of art projects in the public sphere.  It is a forum for students to explore self-generated public and community art projects as well as public art opportunities brought to the class from outside sources. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Additional Info: For art majors only.

Art Practices: Public Practice
Noah Kirby, F10 ART 413A
This course is designed to enable students to research a place, work with the stakeholders of the area and together create a work of art that is relevant to the community as defined by each student. If successful, the student or teams of students will receive a commission from the city of University City to realize the project they have presented. Works are installed for a seven month period. Semester: Fall-annually. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Additional Info: For Art majors only.

Beyond Words, Beyond Images: Representation After History
Monika Weiss, F20 ART 429E
“Representation After History” focuses on art in the public domain and examines contemporary practices that engage political and social issues. The conceptual scope of the seminar comprises strategies of representation, classification, activism, and performativity employed by contemporary artists in the contexts of public memory and the meta-city. Works examined in this seminar engage social and political circumstances and invite us into territories of temporality projection, trauma, witnessing and post memory. The seminar prompts students to consider their own practice in the context of art making understood as activism and how such work may contribute to global cultural and political discourse.
This graduate-level seminar offers weekly, illustrated lectures and incorporates regular readings, screenings, class discussions, and individual research and rigorous writing assignments leading towards the final term paper. The theoretically and individually focused research is combined with independent studio production leading towards the final project. Individual studio consultations are offered as a platform for the discussion of student’s evolving practice. Ephemeral, kinetic, sonic, cinematic, textual, community-based, and performative projects may be produced. While the seminar is specifically designed for MFA candidates it also welcomes graduate students in architecture, and graduate and postgraduate students across the university interested in augmenting and expanding their understanding of relationships between history, memory and citizenry. Prerequisite for undergraduate students: permission of instructor. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to MFA students.

Community Building, Building Community
Bob Hansman
, X10 XCORE 307
The Community Building, Building Community course takes students into the neighborhoods of St. Louis to begin to understand complex relationships between the built environment and the social environment, both historically and in the present day. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to all students. 3 credit course.
Community Development and American Cities
Hank Webber
, ARCH 5079
The world is becoming increasingly urban. Recently for the first time more than half of the world's population lived in cities. While urbanization has brought great opportunities it also comes with significant challenges. The goal of this course is to introduce and analyze interventions that improve the quality of life of Americans by improving their neighborhoods, and that strengthen neighborhoods as essential components of competitive regional economies. We will focus both on strategies to alleviate urban poverty and on strategies to make urban neighborhoods attractive to large numbers of potential residents of all races and classes. The course will include a rigorous introduction to community development strategies with specific attention to the role of community organizations, the need for strengthening key service areas such as schools and safety, and the importance of density and place-making. While the focus of the course will be on St. Louis and other older industrial cities, the lessons learned are applicable to all cities throughout the world. In addition to St. Louis, we will also spend concentrated time on New York City as an example of a fast-growth, strong market city. Course pedagogy will emphasize intense interaction between students and between the students and instructor, using lectures, small group discussions and active debates. Class assignments will include the requirement to write five short (3-4 page) papers over the course of the semester. All papers will be based on class reading. For MSW Program SED Concentration students, this course fulfills the SED Theories, Problems, and Issues requirement. For MSW Policy Specialization students, this course fulfills the elective requirement. For Master of Architecture students, this course fulfills the Urban Issues elective requirement. For Master of Urban Design students, this course fulfills the MUD Track elective requirement. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: For MSW Program SED Concentration students, this course fulfills the SED Theories, Problems, and Issues requirement. For MSW Policy Specialization students, this course fulfills the elective requirement. For Master of Architecture students, this course fulfills the Urban Issues elective requirement. For Master of Urban Design students, this course fulfills the MUD Track elective requirement.
Digital Filmmaking: City Stories
Monika Weiss
, XCORE 344
Digital Filmmaking City Stories is a cross-University video art course designed for students interested in making short films through a trans-disciplinary and time-based storytelling in both narrative and non-narrative formats, encapsulating diverse forms of technology-mediated communication, civic engagement and advocacy for social change. In this course we examine the ways in which art and cinematic technology can be leveraged to develop creative and tactical responses to critical ecological and socio-political issues in the public sphere. Whether documentary or abstract, individually produced or collaborative, all projects in this course will have a required social and urban engagement component, where the City becomes a laboratory for experimentation and contribution. Students will be encouraged to meaningfully engage St. Louis [and/or another city], and their projects will address sites of concern and explore the complex fabric of the city by way of framing and poetic juxtaposition. Students study the role of artistic interventions and tactical tools, such as video art, experimental film and documentary film, to support civic agency and participatory action, as well as transform, disrupt or subvert changing urban, political, and social conditions in critical and poetic ways. In this production-oriented studio course students are expected to work individually and in teams to research and conceptualize their film-based video projects. The projects undertaken should critically examine principles of design, artistic practice, and ethical responsibility within the socio-cultural and institutional settings that they seek to engage or disrupt. CITY STORIES will merge several arts and humanities disciplines, including exploration of experimental cinema and documentary journalism, and create an opportunity for empathic listening and inquiry as students discover stories built from collective as well as individual memories. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to all university students.
Explore & Contribute: Collaboration between Washington University & Henry Elementary School
Gay Lorberbaum, ARCH 490A
The Explore & Contribute course offers interdisciplinary service learning. WUSTL students work with course instructors and a community partner to design and teach hands-on problem solving projects for students at the Henry Elementary School. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Please consult with the instructor. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
For Purpose: Art & Design as an Ethincs-based Model of Entrepreneurship
Albert Mitchell, A46 ARCH 404D
In For Purpose, students are matched with technology entrepreneurs and given the opportunity to apply design skills to specific challenges facing the start-up organizations. These challenges may include graphic design and branding, product design, package design, as well as conceptual strategic thinking and problem solving. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students. Potential community partner: T-REX Leadership Management Team (The Partnership for Downtown, Downtown Community Improvement District, Regional Chamber & Growth Association, and St. Louis Development Corporation).
From Design to Realization -University City Sculpture Series
Noah Kirby, ART X96A
This course is designed to enable students to research a place, work with the stakeholders of the area and together create a work of art that is relevant to the community as defined by each student. If successful, the student or teams of students will receive a commission from the city of University City to realize the project they have presented. Works are installed for a seven month period. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Selection by University City’s Arts & Letter committee. Additional Information: Open to BFA students with junior level standing and others, including minors, with consent of instructor.

Furnish It, with Pieces

Pablo Moyano, ARCH 435E
Public space is a key constituent that determines the character of a neighborhood and a city. It is embedded the urban fabric and it can mediate the relationship between people and their particular surrounding landscape. Urban furniture and hardscape can play an important role in offering a wide range of uses for public spaces. The design of such pieces affects the way people live and experience a particular environment. The ultimate goal of this course is to design, fabricate and install a set of repeatable units to equip a vacant urban lot in order to offer opportunities for social interaction. The seminar focusses on the in-depth understanding and development of ideas based on the technical, experiential and aesthetic exploration of one material: concrete, into one specific application: urban furniture. This seminar builds up on the scope of the Creative Activity Research Grant awarded by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts where 5 porous concrete pavers were designed for a vacant plot in North St. Louis. The challenges are: to adapt the given pavers to a new site condition and to propose new urban furniture made out of concrete. It involves the construction of pieces able to equip a gathering space as well as sidewalks that can offer local residents the opportunity to interact with others. This provides not only aesthetic appeal to the residents and visitors, but also allows the possibility of implementing an actual project in an abandon plot in Old North. We will enrich the community with a wide range of training opportunities as each step in the process of making the plaza will be used for teaching purposes, from making pavers and other pieces, to salvaging, reusing or repurposing recycled material. Students are asked to design and build concrete urban furniture necessary for the gathering area. The pieces can encompass a wide range of uses: chair and benches, tables, raised beds, planters, litter bins, modular fencing and mobility-related pieces such as bike racks, bollards and car stoppers. This is an opportunity for hands-on experience. These pieces have to consider the limitations of the material in terms of strength, weight, size, etc.; learning about the material itself as well as the act of construction, assemblage and mass production, which will include methods and technology, ranging from tools to molds. The formwork for the concrete pieces will be built through a process of CNC milling and rubber molds or vacuum formed plastic. The challenges are to define environmentally sensitive strategies for problem solving, conceptual development and poetic expression at both levels of the design process, conceptual and real. Sustainable principles such as the use of recycled materials as an aggregate in the concrete mix will be an important consideration. Construction is the ultimate goal of this class. We will be working in collaboration with Anova, a local manufacturing company dedicated to the design and production of site furnishings. Anova will provide some materials and bring their expertise to the project. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Three credit course.

Metropolitan Sustainability
John Hoal, A49 MUD 658
This seminar will investigate contemporary theory and practice of the design and development of sustainable regions, cities, communities, infrastructures and landscapes.  By 2050 three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities and with cities being the world’s largest consumer of resources and a focus of climate change impact, it will be the design of cities that frame the essential theory and practice of sustainability.  Consideration will be given to the definition and reasons for the sustainability paradigm; conceptual frameworks for urban sustainability; indicators & measures of sustainability; different sustainability functional categories (water, air, food, energy, transportation, social capital, equity, development patterns & density, etc.); and various approaches to urban sustainability including Regenerative Urbanism, Healthy Cities, Ecological Urbanism, Eco-Urbanity, Resilient Cities, Smart Cities, LEED ND, the Natural Step, ICLEI and ZED Cities. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Fulfills MUD Track elective requirement. Three credit course. Undergraduate enrollment is allowed by arrangement with the instructor.

NOMA National Design Competition
Charles Brown
, ARCH 486A
This course will allow students to work collaboratively to develop a comprehensive body of work (including presentation boards, physical models, and animated digital graphics) in response to a design challenge in a yet to be disclosed major metropolitan city in the United States. The general design criteria will be based on a forthcoming program in association with the 2013 NOMA National Student Design competition. During the first half of the semester, there will be an optional overnight field trip to the city to visit the site and gather other information relevant to the project. Students will work collectively to develop thorough schematic level solutions. After a review of the general concept, the class will collaboratively develop highly detailed plans, elevations, sections, details, 3D views (animation optional), cultural, sustainable, and accessibility design concepts. Not only will this activity culminate into a final review, but the students will submit and formally present their design solution at the National NOMA Conference to be held next year in the Fall of 2013. Ultimately, the course will be crafted in such a way that the time/work demands on students will not compromise their core studio and class responsibilities. The students will be competing against at least 15 design teams from other nationally respected universities. A cash award will be given to the top 4 team finalists (note: Washington University participated for the first time in 2009 and placed 3rd in the national competition; 2nd in 2011 and 2012). Semester: Spring and summer. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: The seminar is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. On a case by case basis, a student may submit to take the course for two credits or as an independent study.

Of Donks and Dyads II: The Quadrangle Experiment
Don Koster
, ARCH 5-600
In the Quadrangle Green Rehab Experiment Design Studio Course, students develop an experimental framework for testing sustainable redevelopment strategies in University-owned apartment buildings located in the Parkview Gardens neighborhood. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of ARCH 419. Additional Info: Open to Graduate Architecture & Construction Management students.
Reconsidering the Margins: Pagedale
Albie Mitchell
, ARCH 563D
The financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent recession exposed the frailty of conventional modes of practice. The freezing of credit markets set off a contraction of increasingly bureaucratized creative fields such as architecture and fine arts and led to massive layoffs and underemployment. This extreme disruption coincides with an ongoing governmental disengagement from social assistance. The combination of the surplus of talent left by immobilized corporate practice and the vacuum created by a retreating government presents an opportunity to reconsider practice for a new generation in a way that engages a broader set of issues and problems. The seminar builds upon existing relationships and a body of previous engagement in the Pagedale community while laying the ground work for new action. This seminar challenges traditional modes and focuses of creative effort to arrive at a radical new form for creative practice. By challenging common assumptions and using creative production to confront the challenges facing residents and decision-makers, the course seeks to break down physical and disciplinary boundaries to achieve a radical new production. The seminar will include the following: examination of entrenched assumptions by students and community members through reading and discussion; involvement in the community, including volunteer work and civic participation; research into pressing issues that will culminate in a creative project; and dissemination of information to both classmates and the community as a whole. This course is open to disciplines outside of architecture. Students in Art and Social Work are encouraged to register. This course fulfills the Urban Issues and Service & General Design elective requirement. The course will meet periodically in the community. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to graduate students in architecture, art & social work.
Service Learning Course: Environmental Issues
Gay Lorberbaum, A46 ARCH 350
The Environmental Issues course offers interdisciplinary service learning. WUSTL students learn about, design, & teach workshops on 2-D & 3-D hands-on problem-solving around environmental issues for students at Compton-Drew Middle School. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: This course is for Arts & Sciences students of differing majors and minors, business, social work, architecture and art students, and engineering students from all engineering departments. 3 credit course.

Urban Development Seminar
Charles Brown & Barbara Levin, A46 ARCH 564A
This course includes project-based research and discussions focus on the legal policy, social and architectural issues affecting the redevelopment of St. Louis and suburban areas such as Clayton, Westminster Place and prototypical redevelopment of public housing projects of Carr Square, Darst Webbe and Vaughn into tenant ownership and market rate housing neighborhoods. Topics include public policy issues affecting development, the availability and types of housing, transportation linkages, business, zoning issues, social and historical precursors. Through interaction with community leaders, teams of students from each discipline prepare a design proposal for an actual problem in the St. Louis area. This seminar is an interdisciplinary effort taught by faculty members of Washington University School of Architecture and the St. Louis University School of Law, Social Work and Department of Public Policy Studies. Semester: Fall-annually. Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5012 & S15 SWCR 5039. Additional Info: Course is open to March, MLA, MUD, and MSW’s. Cross registered with the Brown School.

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