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Title:Encouraging Excellence in Planning and Design Processes and Practices in Underserved Communities
Author(s):Han, Jesse
Contributor(s):Dearborn, Lynne
Subject(s):Architecture
Abstract:The original image was taken from a design-build project in Arusha, Tanzania. I, along with 20 other students, partnered with a local orphanage, Neema Village, to design and build a permanent home for the unadoptable children, where they could grow up with a family until adulthood. The project was a successful case study of what architecture can do when it considers the public’s interest from the beginning, throughout construction, and to occupancy. When designing, we considered the vernacular architecture along with the desires of the orphanage and learned building techniques from local craftsmen. The home is almost completely furnished and ready to house up to twelve children and a host family. Public Interest Design is a relatively new field within architecture which engages designers to use their skills to improve environments of underserved communities. Literature emerged in the form of websites, guidebooks, project analyses, and critical reflection, providing specific recommendations for practice and documenting case studies and methodologies. This paper presents the results of a comprehensive review of this literature to evaluate the breadth of existing resources for Public Interest Design and will explore how effectively the resources inform the public and train the next generation of public interest designers.
Issue Date:2017-04
Type:Text
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URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/95913
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Jesse Han
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-20


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