February 16, 2008

Massive Change response paper, due next class, Feb. 20th

“The Massive Change Project explores the legacy and potential, the promise and power of design in improving the welfare of humanity.� (from the Massive change web site:

For this week’s written assignment I’d like you all to research Bruce Mau and Bruce Mau design. Look up the online exhibition of “Massive Change�: and consider the themes of the exhibition as well as the ones we read in the exhibition at Rapson Hall---manufactured housing, the legal system, and sustainability. Can you take one of these themes (either from the exhibit in Rapson Hall or from the online exhibition) and relate it a contemporary issue in Minnesota or in the Twin Cities. In what way could design be used locally to improve “the welfare of humanity�? What improvements are needed?

Write a response to this including a short description of Bruce Mau (who he is and what the “Massive Change� project is all about), followed by relating an aspect of life in Minnesota: Typed double space approx 350 to 500 words.

February 8, 2008

Short writing assignment: response paper, for next class: Feb. 14th

The paper should be approx 300 to 500 words, typed and double-spaced.

These are the 10 Principles for Livable Communities, listed in this article (10 on 10 by E. Tim Carl):

AIA Minnesota August 2007

1. Design on a Human Scale
2. Provide Choices
3. Encourage mixed-use development
4. Preserve urban centers
5. Vary Transportation options
6. Build vibrant spaces
7. Create a neighborhood identity
8. Protect environmental resources
9. Conserve landscapes
10. Design matters

Each principle is essentially a way of thinking about the underlying question of what goes into creating “livable communities.� Ten people each write their own perspective on one of these principles; each person’s particular vocation influences his or her response. In your paper, contrast two of these responses: what’s similar in what they say; what is different: and what do you think?