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Public Interest Design Education Guidebook

Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies

Edited by Lisa M. Abendroth, Bryan Bell

© 2018 – Routledge

248 pages | 122 B/W Illus.

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Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies presents the pedagogical framework and collective curriculum necessary to teach public interest designers. The second book in Routledge’s Public Interest Design Guidebook series, the editors and contributors feature a range of learning competencies supported by distinct teaching strategies where educational and community-originated goals unite. Written in a guidebook format that includes projects from across design disciplines, this book describes the learning deemed most critical to pursuing an inclusive, informed design practice that meets the diverse needs of both students and community partners.

Featured chapter themes include Fundamental Skills, Intercultural Competencies, Engaging the Field Experience, Inclusive Iteration, and Evaluating Student Learning. The book consists of practice-based and applied learning constructs that bridge community-based research with engaged learning and design practice. SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) academic case studies introduce teaching strategies that reinforce project-specific learning objectives where solving social, economic, and environmental issues unite the efforts of communities, student designers, and educators. This comprehensive publication also contains indices devoted to learning objectives cross-referenced from within the book as well as considerations for educational program development in public interest design.

Whether you are a student of design, educator, or designer the breadth of projects and teaching strategies provided here will empower you to excel in your pursuit of public interest design.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Foreword by Mohsen Mostafavi Introduction Cynthia Mohr Part 1: Public Interest Design Curricula 1. Designing Design Education Lisa Abendroth and Bryan Bell 2. Portland State University, Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design Sergio Palleroni, Todd Ferry, Margarette Leite, B.D Wortham-Galvin and Travis Bell 3. University of Minnesota, Certificate in Public Interest Design Jim Lutz and Virajita Singh 4. University of Washington, Department of Landscape Architecture Jeff Hou and Ben Spencer 5. Metropolitan State University of Denver, Communication Design Program Lisa Abendroth, Kelly Monico and Peter Bergman 6. North Carolina State University, Department of Architecture Bryan Bell 7. University of California Davis, Center for Design in the Public Interest Susan Verba Part 2: TBC 8. Skills Beyond the Technical 9. Intercultural Competencies 10. Designer/Researcher 11. Inclusive Iteration 12. Systemic Sustainability Part 3: SEED Academic Case Studies 13. The SEED Evaluator for Academia 14. Case Study Guide 15. SEED Academic Case Studies (15, TBC) Part 4: AppendixAnnotated Reading List Glossary Appendix A: Accreditation Considerations for Curriculum Development Appendix B: University Considerations Appendix C: Methods of Engagement Appendix D: Case Study Cross-Reference Guide Appendix E: Case Study Locator Atlas Bibliography Index

About the Editors

Editor Biographies

Lisa M. Abendroth is a professor and coordinator of the Communication Design program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado. She is a Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) founding member, a SEED Evaluator coauthor, and a 2013 recipient of the SEED Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design. Abendroth lectures and presents the SEED methodology and case studies in diverse educational contexts, including the Public Interest Design Institute. Her research across design disciplines includes writing, curating, and critically assessing solutions that address underserved people, places, and problems. Along with Bryan Bell, Abendroth is coeditor of the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (2016). She holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and The Rhode Island School of Design.

Bryan Bell founded the nonprofit organization Design Corps in 1991 with the mission to provide the benefits of design for the 98 percent without architects. His current work includes research on the field of public interest design and the SEED Network, which Bell cofounded. His work has been supported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows Latrobe Prize and through a Harvard Loeb Fellowship. Bell has published three books in the field, and he organizes the Public Interest Design Institute and the Structures for Inclusion conference series. He was awarded a National AIA Award and was a National Design Award finalist. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the Smithsonian National Design Museum. Bell holds degrees from Princeton and Yale and is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University.

About the Series

Public Interest Design Guidebooks

The Public Interest Design Guidebooks series educates distinct audiences about the power and potential of public interest design, demonstrating how it has emerged as a distinct profession. The first book, for designers, provides clear professional standards of practice following the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology, with a step-by-step process to support those involved in PID projects. The second text addresses an academic audience, to show you how to implement public interest design methods in your teaching and help you engage students in community-based design through an understanding of the core values. Each book includes contributions from key professionals covering professional responsibility, design evaluation, business development, and capacity building through scaling, along with fully illustrated cross-referenced global case studies to help you engage in community-based design.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General