Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
Applied Design
Albert Mitchell, A46 ARCH 486B
Working with the leadership and management team at The Regional Entrepreneurs Exchange (T-REx), students matched with technology entrepreneurs 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. Students work with a host venture for three to five hours per week for ten weeks to apply their design skills to a specific problem or project. This course exposes students to the entrepreneurial atmosphere of a start-up organization, while allowing them to apply and develop their professional skills through engaging real world problems within the constraint of limited resources. The final assignment is for students to graphically present their work and its contribution to their host organization. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: Open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students. Community partners: T-REx Leadership Management Team (The Partnership for Downtown, Downtown Community Improvement District, Regional Chamber & Growth Association, and St. Louis Development Corporation).
Washington University graduate and undergraduate students in architecture participate in the important responsibility of being teaching assistants for the Alberti Program. Fourth through tenth grade students from schools in the St. Louis Public School District complete 2-D and 3-D hands-on problem solving projects, use the libraries and computer labs on campus and are introduced to the field of architecture through lectures and discussions about design projects they will undertake. This course trains architecture students to work with K-12 students from nearby school districts and teach them about issues of architecture, design, and the environment. Semester: Fall, spring, summer (June). Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 2 credit course.
CityStudio STL
TBD, TBD *Note- course and section varies by school and academic year.
CityStudio STL is an initiative inspired by Design for Excellence, the Sam Fox School's 10-year strategic plan. Offered in partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, this program supports a series of community engagement and outreach projects in the city of St. Louis. CityStudio STL allows students and faculty — working in collaboration with local groups and residents—to conceive, plan, design, and ultimately construct publicly minded projects. Semester: TBD. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course. Visit the CityStudio STL website for a list of upcoming courses:
Community Building
Bob Hansman, X10 XCORE 307
This course takes students into St. Louis neighborhoods to begin to understand the complex relationships between built environment and social environment, both historically and in the present. For the first half of the semester, students tour a different St. Louis community nearly each week, piecing together interlocking, and at times difficult, themes of history, social justice, ethics, policy and health, among others, into a story that is both uniquely St. Louis and also the story of many American cities. Students then build on the experience of the tours through further research, reading, videos and discussion; and in personal relationships developed with people in the various communities. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: This course is open to students at all levels and from all disciplines. 3 credit course.
Community Dynamics
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 in the Mayor´s Office of the City of St. Louis, and work with representatives of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department 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.
This course brings together several different disciplines and methodologies to look at the practice of the arts in the context of community. The course combines hands-on work and observation, theoretical analysis and reflection, and specific proposals. For our case studies, we explore several programs and places currently existing or developing in the St. Louis region and concentrate on the City Faces Program in the Clinton-Peabody Public Housing community. We discuss both ends versus means and systems of evaluation that draw upon, among other things, art, architecture, social work, and community development. We explore values and ethics as they apply to community practice and the arts. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: 3 credit course.
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, 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: Fall. 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:
Undergraduate and graduate students from different fields work with the course instructor and school principal to apply their disciplines to the goal of designing and teaching hands-on problem-solving projects for students at the Henry Elementary School. Henry Elementary is implementing a GREEN School Model that emphasizes environmental sciences and energy alternatives while developing leadership and high quality academics. Semester: Spring. Prerequisite: Please consult with the instructor. Additional Info: This course is available for credit toward the American culture studies major. 3 credit course.
This course allows students to bring their knowledge and creativity about the many subjects they are studying to students at the Compton-Drew Middle school, St. Louis City Public Schools. Students learn about the creative process of lateral thinking (synthesizing many variables, working in cycles, changing scales). Students work with a teammate to experiment with the design of 2D & 3D hands-on problem solving workshops, about exciting environmental issues, for small groups of students to accomplish at the middle school. Students devise investigations for the workshops about environmental issues embracing fields in the natural sciences, fields in the humanities, fields in the social sciences, fields in architecture and engineering, and the community.
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.
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: None. Additional Info: For Art majors only. 10 credit course (including core and major courses).
Urban Development Seminar
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 Darst Webbe, 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: 400 level and above. Additional Info: Same course as S60 SWCD 5077. Fulfills Urban Issues elective for Masters in Architecture degree. 3 credit course.

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