ARCH4203 | REPRESENTATION III – CULTURE – Public Interest Design: An Introduction

 Public Interest Design is an emerging field within the building industry, focusing on addressing the critical issues of our time. While most architecture firms are committed to serving the top 2% of the population, Public Interest Design strives to provide design services to the masses. This course will introduce students to basic principles of Public Interest Design through the examination of case studies, local neighborhoods, and design. Students will work individually and on teams on three different projects: research and analysis of Public Interest Design precedents, study of the rich history and fabric of three Twin Cities neighborhoods, and a proposition for a Public Interest Design intervention as a contribution to existing community efforts.