En Route: Georgetown + South Park Connection

Course Instructors

Brian Gerich

Course Date

Autumn 2017

Course Type

Advanced Undergraduate Studio

Course Description

The Neighborhood Design Studio has been keenly focused on delivering a design package that would represent the community desire. The hard work and rich data found in: Duwamish Restoration, Vision and Change Over Time by Cari Simson, The Georgetown Green Space Vision Framework and The South Park Green Space Vision Plan helped frame the foundation of the studio process and serves as a robust source of analysis and community effort. In those documents, Georgetown and South Park have expressed that a safe connection between the two neighborhoods is not only wanted, but is necessary. Rather than repeat the rich content of those robust resources, students built upon it to further their site analysis and design framework.

The studio engaged a diverse group of community members at a variety of community meetings. The primary goal was to prompt opportunities for listening and learning from the community, without repeating the activities, research, and processes that were so thoroughly covered in the vision processes. With careful planning, students asked participatory questions, inspired personal anecdotes and stories from residents, and were invited to contribute as welcomed participants in the community meetings. For many students, this was their rst experience in a community meeting. That process is a foundation of this collection of work.

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Painted Dog Research Trust Zimbabwe

Course Instructors

Brian Gerich

Course Date

Winter 2017

Course Type

Advanced Graduate Studio

Course Description

In this design activism studio, landscape architecture designers based in Seattle collaborated with Painted Dog Research Trust in Zimbabwe and the Sizinda community to design options for the campus’ future development. Students designed a bioremediation wetland landscape to treat wastewater within the campus that will serve as a basis for transferable technologies to be shared and implemented in surrounding communities. Seattle-based practitioners and local connections to Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa will be leveraged within the studio to inform and support student learning. Students will explore design research and real-world participatory design methodologies to communicate and engage with PDRT and its community. This studio will develop designs with PDRT in Zimbabwe and Sizinda community members that will be actionable and applicable to the future sustainability of a challenged and complex environment in Zimbabwe.