Architecture Service Learning Program (Alberti Program)
Gay Lorberbaum, A46 ARCH 488
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 all students. 1 or 2 credit course.
Art/Architecture and Social Practice
Susan Colangelo & Gina Martinez, ART 5080
Art/Architecture & Social Practice draws from intersections of social work, arts, architecture and design, exploring how values, language and approaches are informed and success is measured and evaluated. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to MFA and MSW students. 3 credit course.
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 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. Students work on a community-based project related to this theme. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to MSW, MUD, and March students.
TBD, A46 ARCH 241
This course builds on the investigations of Arch 121, Community Building, Building Community, and concentrates on the connections among place-based economic, political, and social dynamics. The class immerses itself in the urban laboratory of St. Louis while relating local issues to broader trends. The course is part of a multi-year inquiry into the potential of design to improve the reality and perception of public safety through targeted projects. Students will assemble relevant research on applicable design techniques, brief project partners to define focus areas, and assess the applicability of design strategies to specific focus areas. Semester: TBD. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Class is divided into a lecture/discussion session on Thursday and a lab section on Friday. The lab section is divided between independent research and bi-monthly facilitated meetings with city representatives. 3 credit course.
Contemporary Practices of Sustainable Urbanism
John Hoal, A49 MUD 657
This seminar investigates contemporary practices of sustainable urbanism exemplifying a concern for locality, place, culture, community and authenticity. Different methodological approaches to urban sustainability are investigated, including LEED ND, ZED Cities, Regenerative Urbanism, The Natural Step, Eco-Urbanity, Resilient and Smart Cities. The research project focuses on the Delmar Loop/ Parkview Gardens neighborhood, which was recently awarded a HUD/DOT Sustainable Communities Grant with the intent that the students develop a sustainable urban design plan and code for the area. This course is augmented with presentations by local practitioners of sustainability plans and includes an optional site visit to Portland, OR and/or Vancouver, Canada to fully investigate and understand the respective city’s implementation of sustainable urbanism. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Undergraduate enrollment is allowed by arrangement with the instructor. Additional Info: Fulfills MUD Track elective requirement. 3 credit course.
Developing Sustainable Urban Communities
Hank Webber, Molly Metzger, Stephen Mueller, A46 ARCH 5078/A49 MUD 5078
This project-based graduate course engages interdisciplinary groups of students in contributing solutions to substantively and politically challenging urban redevelopment projects in St. Louis. Students work in small teams to cultivate their projects over the course of the semester through research, dialogue with a team of interdisciplinary faculty, examination of relevant case studies, and engagement with "client" organizations in the community. The goal of these projects is to contribute to the process of building high quality, mixed income, vibrant and sustainable communities in St. Louis. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Preference is given to graduate architecture and social work students; other graduate students will be admitted by permission of the instructors. This course is by pre-registration only. Complete application on Inside Brown during pre-registration days April 2-10. Course requires previous coursework in community development or urban design demonstrated by completion of S60-5079, Community Development & American Cities, or equivalent. Additional Info: Same course as S60 SWCD 5078.
Digital Filmmaking: City Stories
Monika Weiss, XCORE 344
Digital Filmmaking: City Stories is a new course that brings together interdisciplinary students interested in making short experimental films to encapsulate diverse forms of communication, civic engagement and advocacy for social change. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to all students. http://samfoxcitystories.org
Explore & Contribute: Collaboration between Washington University & Henry Elementary School
Gay Lorberbaum, A46 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 the Bottom Up: A Grassroots Approach to Healthy Communities & Neighborhoods
Janet Baum, A46 ARCH 568D
This course examines the “built environment” as it relates to health and environmental outcomes. Students work on a community-based project related to this theme. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional information: Open to graduate students only.
Furnish It, with Pieces
Pablo Moyano, ARCH 435E
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 focuses 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. Sustainable principles such as the use of recycled materials as an aggregate in the concrete mix will be an important consideration. Semester: TBD. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
NOMA National Design Competition
Charles Brown, ARCH 486A
This course allows students to work collaboratively in response to a challenge presented for a major metropolitan city in the US. Students visit the site, understand the community, conduct research, & develop a design submission for the competition. Semester: Spring; Summer. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to all students.
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 Reconsidering the Margins course builds on relationships in Pagedale with the city and Beyond Housing. In 2014, students developed a pedestrian-focused way-finding campaign aligning with a Great Streets Grant and planned development. 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.
Sustainability Exchange: Community & University Practicums
Pratim Biswas & Bruce Lindsey, I-405/L82-405
In the Sustainability Exchange, interdisciplinary teams tackle real-world energy, environmental, and sustainability problems identified by the course clients/partners. Students participate in projects with clients and partners on or off campus, developed with and guided by faculty advisors drawn from across the University, with the intention of delivering an applicable end-product that explores problems requiring innovative methods and solutions. The team-based project will be complimented by a seminar that will explore the field of design and design thinking. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Additional information: Project based class.
University City Sculpture Series
Noah Kirby, ART X85A, ARCH X96A
Through the University City Sculpture Series, WUSTL students work with municipal partners to get approval for and execute public sculpture in University City. Participants gain valuable experience proposing works of public art for temporary installation. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (X85A). Selection by University City’s Arts & Letter committee (X96A). Additional Info: Open to BFA students with junior level standing and others, including minors, with consent of instructor.
Urban Development Seminar
Charles Brown & Barbara Levin, A46 ARCH 564A
This seminar is taught jointly by WUSTL & SLU. Interdisciplinary teams respond to RFPs for community development projects focusing on the legal policy, social and architectural issues affecting in St. Louis. Semester: Fall-annually. Prerequisite: 400 level and above. Additional Info: Same course as S60 SWCD 5077. Fulfills Urban Issues elective for Masters in Architecture degree. Open to MArch; MLA; MUD; MSW students. 3 credit course.