Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:48:42 MST
From: Renee Buchanan RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu
University of Utah
ARCHITECTURE 602, WINTER, 1995.
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
|two preliminary reviews
||30% (15% each)
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
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
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.