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NAAN BROI NAM sto tel I Ge GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN COURSES FALL 2012 But as former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros recently put it, seniors who want to age in place “are aging in traditional homes, neighborhoods, and communities that were designed for yesterday's demographic realities.” In New York, for example, most NORCs are in places that were explicitly not designed to be senior communities. In New York City, 33 of 42 NORCs are in Corbusian “towers-in-the-park,” and some of the first suburban NORCs in the country have popped up in postwar suburbs around Levittown. While both typologies have demonstrated a certain amount of resiliency, both present, unique challenges. In Long Istand’s suburbs, for example, a lack of housing and mobility options has resulted in many seniors being isolated in houses they can't maintain, ‘The Good Old Days” is an interdisciplinary studio that challenges students of all departments to come up with creative ways to help seniors in NORCs in New York City and Long Island age in place. After visiting a sampling of NORCs in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island, students will meet with seniors, NORC directors, healthcare professionals, medical researchers, and representatives from New York City’s Department for the Aging, Housing Authority, Department of Transportation, and others involved in the city’s pioneering “Age-Friendly New York City” initiative in order to better understand the challenges and opportunities that come with aging in place in New York. Students will then draw on this research to creatively identify opportunities for architectural, planning, or landscape-based interventions, Note therefore that there is no one site or problem in this studio: deliverables are expected [and encouraged) to be diverse. Helping seniors age in place requires different types of interventions at a range of scales, from apartment to neighborhood to city and region, Field trips are planned to New York City, Long Island, and Central Florida, where we will tour The Villages [the world's largest retirement community) and other fantastical experiments in retirement. Goal: To help seniors age in place in environments that weren't designed for seniors Pedagogic Objectives * To learn how to understand and design for the specific needs of a user, in this case the senior citizen * To understand resiliency and adaptability of architectural archetypes, in this case the tower-in-the-park and the postwar suburb + To learn how to identify opportunities for creative interventions + To learn how to propose ideas that will resonate with a target audience * To learn how to visually and verbally communicate ideas in a way that ensures they will resonate with a target audience 1502: Networked Urbanism Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo Department of Urban Planning and Design, Studio Option, & credits, limited enrollment The boundary between public and private is shifting. The one between personal and professional is becoming increasingly blurred. This rapid evolution has led us to conceive and experience physical space differently than in the past Real-time connectivity, ubiquity, unlimited access to large flows of information and knowledge, have also altered the way we relate to and work with each other. However, despite those rapid social and technological changes, city planning processes worldwide remain dull, bureaucratic and insensitive to how humans experience the city. This studio will bring an alternative to the traditional way of designing cities from a bird's eye view, and a single designer's perspective. It will not only 64 examine the physical dimension of the city, but also its social processes and fluxes, Students will be encouraged to use this data to develop individual and collective initiatives that generate spontaneous transformations and set up conditions for change instead of delivering a completely finished product. Ina connected world, an urban design should be the result of an open and multilayered network of creative designers, technical experts, citizens and stakeholders. The studio will challenge the students to develop designs that reconcile the existing physical conditions — that respond to lifestyles from the past—with the emerging needs of the citizens through network design thinking We will also explore the new role of a designer as an activator, mediator and curator of social processes in a networked reality in which citizens have shifted from being passive receivers or consumers to active producers or prosumers. Main topics will include: communication and information technology, open data, mobility, open source, transparency/mapping, activism, design thinking and environment awareness. 1503: Urban Development and Housing for Low Income Groups in the Rapi Growing City of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Francis Kere Department of Urban Planning and Design, Studio Option, 8 credits, limited enrollment With over one million inhabitants, Ouagadougou is the largest city in Burkina Faso while also being the country's administrative, economic and cultural center. The city experiences a population growth of approximately 100,000 migrants each year from the surrounding rural areas. As a result Ouagadougou vastly expands each year creating new neighborhoods, many of which, without electricity or running water. Moreover, the majority of ‘Ouagadougou’s buildings are one-story clay constructions. The aim of this design studio is to generate new affordable living spaces for the low/middle income groups within the city. The project will involve creating a 45m? housing unit for a modular family of five members {two adults and three children). This standard module will be used in a new urban development consisting of 10,000 units. The intervention will be integrated in the city center in order to avoid creating a socially segregated society. Throughout the process it will be important to take into consideration the layout of existing neighborhoods, the city’s economic situation and the local climate. After a theoretical preparation, a study trip to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso will take place. At the site, the students will meet people froma range of different backgrounds whilst being confronted by the problems caused by urbanization and globalization. In the course, the students will be required to consider economical, cultural, environmental and social factors in order to design a suitable house with the available resources. The project will give the students an insight into some of the important challenges facing developing world. A studio site visit to Burkina Faso is planned in October this year. The class will take place every two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ly 1504: The Jaffa Road Studio, Jerusalem Alex Krieger Department of Urban Planning and Design, Studio Option, 8 credits, limited enrollment The studio will focus on a key site—or two or three—along a historic street that terminates at one of the gates to the walled city of Jerusalem. Historic 65