Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:48:42 MST
From: Renee Buchanan
University of Utah


M. W., F. -1:15 p.m. - 5:15
Instructors: Kazuo Matsubayashi & Roger Borgenicht

Course Description:

The class is one of the topic studios where Second and Third Year students in the Master of Architecture program are combined. The school's syllabus states "Topic Studio students selects from two or more sections that focus on different architectural issues in such areas as specific technologies, building types or population groups, adaptive reuse, preservation, economic development and urban design or theory."

This particular design studio focuses on the idea of mixed-use building in the East Down Town district of Salt Lake City. During the past year this area was studied by a group of volunteer professionals including planners, architects, bankers, developers and public officials under the leadership of Roger Borgenicht, the director of ASSIST, a community design center.

This studio will direct its focus on several specific sites in the district with more defined building programs to demonstrate the feasibility of the mix-use building concept including housing, office, and retail-commercial.

The course shall consist of research and analysis, programming, feasibility study, and design phases with a report as an end product. It is hoped that the report can be used for promoting the idea of developing the East Down Town district as a viable livingworking-commercial mixed use area. By bringing people back to the city center, Salt Lake City shall be revitalized.

Students shall learn about building development processes by receiving inputes from people daily involved in the real estate development, both from public and private sectors. At the same time students are expected to propose new creative ideas not restricted by the past conventions. Another important learning experience of the course is to provide service to ASSIST which has been an active community design center in this city for nearly 25 yeas.

Course format, weekly reviews of various phases, two preliminary design reviews and a final presentation. Final presentation shall consists of drawings, models and report. Attendance to all scheduled class hours is mandatory

Grading policy

weekly reviews 20%
two preliminary reviews 30% (15% each)
Final presentation 50%

The service learning portion will occupy 20% of the total students' work load and will be graded accordingly.

Assist Inc 218 East 500 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 (801) 355-7085 ASSIST, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Community Design Center that provides architectural design, community planning and development assistance to non-profit and community groups, and housing and accessiblity design assistance to low income households or persons with disabilities. Through advocacy ASSIST seeks to steer development decisions towards the overall community good.

ASSIST was founded in 1969 by the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah and the Utah Society of the American institute of Architects.


Emergency Home Repair The Emergency Home Repair program provides immediate attention to serious housing conditions that affect the health, safety and well being of low income residents. Eligible work includes plumbing, heating and electrical problems, leaky roofs, minor structural problems and accessibility modifications for people with disabilities. The program is available to senior citizens, low and fixed income homeowners, buyers and in some cases, renters. The program is currently available in Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Murray, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, and the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County.

Architectural and Accessibility Design Assistance ASSIST provides site assessment, programming planning, development and design services to non-profit and community groups and to low income households or persons with disabilities. We can help analyze building needs and costs, provide assistance for development proposals and prepare design plans to rehabilitate community buildings or make homes and community buildings accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Community Planning and Development Assistance ASSIST works with neighborhood groups, local governments and community organizations to foster community-based planning and design. Projects in the past have included large scale urban design proposals, design of neighborhood parks, historic preservation plans and affordable housing programs.

Community Education and Advocacy An important element of ASSIST'S role as a Community Design Center is community education and advocacy concerning environmental design, housing and planning issues. Offering real world experience to architecture, planning and public administration students to work on community design and development projects has always been a main goal or ASSIST.

Course: Architecture 602, Topic Studio ( 5 credits) Instructors: Kazuo Matsubayashi, Prof. & Roger Borgenicht Visiting Prof. Quarter: Winter, 1995, M W & F, 1:1 5 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Method in which Service-Learning Course requirements are met:

  1. Needed Service: During the past year, ASSIST (see attached sheet) did a preliminary study of the East Down Town district (see attached sheet) of Salt Lake City utilizing a concept of mix-use development. ASSISTS goal is to create a forum in which both the public and private sectors generate ideas in revitalizing the area. This class is an extension of this study and focuses on more specific case studies to demonstrate architectural possibilities. The class will be co-taught by Prof. Matsubayashi and Roger Borgenicht, the director of ASSIST. The end product which includes drawings, models and report will be submitted to ASSIST who in turn may show to city officials, professionals as well as interested private developers to be used as source for discussions.

  2. Relationship between service experience and the Course: The service experience will not only directly help the project but also provide students a hand on-experience of professional activities. Much of the service portion of the class will be devoted to information gathering and analysis of actual sites, thus students will be exposed to the reality of our city.

  3. How service experience connects to learning: The service simulates actual professional service which students will perform when they are in the profession. At the same time, the students shall be learning new urban design theories and methodologies which could be applied in the study area. Students will be encouraged to develop creative proposals to be considered by city officials, professionals and developers.

  4. Assessing the service learning: Much of the early phases of the quarter will be gathering and analyzing various data and information useful to ASSIST. This portion of the work will be put together as a report format. The works constitutes service part of the course will be approximately 20% of the course load and graded accordingly.

  5. Service recipients' evaluation: The director of the ASSIST is the visiting faculty for the class and will be directly involved in the evaluation of the class. In addition the class shall invite several guests to give lectures and review sessions and their comments will be reflected in the final evaluation.

  6. Civic Education: Many professional architects often do volunteer work using their skill and knowledge as they did for the study mentioned above. To design larger living environments beyond individual buildings requires active civic participation. Through this class students will be exposed to such civic minded professionals and organizations such as ASSIST.

  7. Knowledge enhances the service experience: By involving in an project which is being studied by the professionals and ASSIST, students receive first hand knowledge of how cities are constructed where social, economic, political processes are intertwined with architecture. This class attempts to connect the service experience and academic learning.

  8. Learning from others: much of the class work (probably 50%) will be done as a team where work load will be shared and coordinated. Students will be also exposed to various professionals and neighborhood council members who will come to the class as critics.