© 2014 – Routledge
376 pages | 80 B/W Illus.
Winner of the EDRA 2015 Book Award!
Community Matters: Service Learning in Engaged Design and Planning explores issues that resonate with a diverse group of design and planning educators drawn to the challenge of supporting greater community building and empowerment while combining learning with practice. The book explores such questions as:
This book provides compelling evidence that educators should be adopting engaged pedagogies, research methods and theories through which they can bring together education, practice and scholarship at the boundary of community and academy.
Community Matters is a book that matters. Its goals are lofty: "a call for full participation" of all educational institutions, especially design and planning schools, to collaborate with underserved communities to effectively address the complex challenges these communities are facing. And for inspiration and understanding, several compelling programs are described in a compilation of case studies and reflective bookend chapters that illustrate the how-to and challenges of these collaborations. With the rise of service learning programs in U.S. architecture and planning schools, Community Matters provides needed guidance through its articulate report of the purposes, values, and strategies of effective community-engaged design and planning education. And for the emergent Public Interest Design movement, the book provides a powerful argument, backed up by evidence, for necessary, systemic changes in design and planning education. Professor Roberta Feldman, University of Illinois at Chicago
This book demonstrates that community is still the foundation of democracy, requiring attention to shared and unshared values, local participation and global political savvy and the design of everyday places of civic engagement. The authors show how to form, reimagine, contest, build and celebrate community. They collectively answer a most critical challenge: How can universities strengthen community through service-learning that simultaneously serves dispossessed groups and prepares students in planning and design fields to practice in ways that will support democracy. They use inspiring stories to raise tough questions that educators can no longer avoid. Randolph Hester, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction: Why Community Matters 1. Taking Stock: Perspectives on Community Matters (Sigmund Shipp, Hunter College) Part 1: Partnering to Advance Productive Community Dialogues 2. Partnering, Because Community Matters (Cheryl Doble, SUNY ESF) 3. Establishing a Place for Common Ground: A Case Study of the Role of a Service-Learning Studio in Neighborhood University Development (Maren King, SUNY ESF) 4. Spaces of Connection: Implementing the Design of a High-Tech Learning Space for Youth (Gibbs, McFarland, Irish, University of Illinois) Part 2: Original Seeing: Beholding Community 5. Recalling and Remembering Community: Cell Phone Diaries (Kofi Boone, NC State) 6. Considering Public History (Deborah Zervus, U. Mass Amherst) 7. Finding and Reassembling Community Amidst Disaster (Nadia Anderson, Iowa State University) Part 3: Co-Imagining Alternative Worlds 8. Clearwater Studio: Co-imagining a Living Past and a Common Future (Lancelot Coars, University of Manitoba) 9. The Politics of Radical Pedagogy: Transforming Power and Seeking Justice (Abbilynn Miler: University of Illinois) 10. Rust to Green: Cultivating Resilience in the Rust Belt (Paula Horrigan, Cornell University, Jamie Vanucchi, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry) Part 4: Changing from Within: Recasting Academic Communities 11. Democracy Matters, Beginning in the Classroom: Towards a Collaborative (Democratic?) Design Studio (Deni Ruggeri, University of Oregon) 12. Changing Racial Attitudes: Community-based Learning and Service in East St. Louis, Illinois (Stacy Harwood, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and Marisa Zapata, University of Cincinnati) 13. Putting Community First: Reflections on History, Identity, and Power in Local and Global Service-Learning (Lynne Dearborn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Part 5: Outcomes Matter: Creating an Evaluative Community 14. Reaching Out and Reaching In: Investigating Community Impact of a University Outreach Program (Susan Erikson, University of Iowa) 15. Probing Impacts: Voices of Community (Mallika Bose, Pennsylvania State University, Jim Wilson, Danville Business Association) 16. The Semester Ends but the Community Challenges Do Not: A Legacy to Continue the Work in East Harlem (Martin et al, Pratt Institute) 17. Life Before/During/Between/After the Service-learning Design Studios (Jeff Hou, University of Washington) Bibliography
There is increasing global demand for more local involvement in the planning of the environment. This is the only way that communities will get the surroundings they want and make the transition towards a sustainable future. This series of short, accessibly priced, practical books have been written by the world’s leading planning professionals to provide tools to support community planning wherever it occurs. Each book is a stand-alone, but together they create a compelling resource for planning professionals, community groups, activists, planning students and anyone looking to facilitate engagement in a community context.