Friday, May 11, 2012
The Evolution of Architecture Building Communities
Two charrettes with different participants
Like cities, programs grow and develop over time, and Architecture Building Communities at Carnegie Mellon is no exception.
Over the last eight years, this program has transformed from an after school project to redesign a vacant lot into two intergenerational team, urban design charrettes with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Architecture Building Communities consists of two charrettes with different groups of participants. The first, a diverse group of high school students on teams with college students and young professionals; the second, upper elementary and middle school students from a local school, with high schools students and college students from the first charrette. This intergenerational model provides a hands-on, scaffolded environment to learn about urban design and the design process for younger participants and an opportunity to explore a local issue and connect with professionals and community members for all participants.
By: Kelly S. Lyons Program Director, Architecture Explorations