For each of the last four years, UI senior architecture students have redesigned a neighborhood in the City of Tacoma, Washington. The primary goal is to design not just sustainable buildings but sustainable neighborhoods, pedestrian-oriented environments with connections to public transit that discourage crime and encourage positive social interaction between people who live, work, and shop in the neighborhoods. Before designing, students examine the neighborhoods to gain an understanding of the character and integrity of the existing architecture, businesses, and transportation patterns. Students also learn through interaction with neighborhood groups, representatives from the City of Tacoma, and practicing architects and planners including alumni such as Lyn Messenger (1966), now principal at Belay Architects, and Jeremy Doty (2000), intern architect at BCRA and member of the Tacoma Planning Commission.
Senior Architecture Student at the University of Idaho.
Architecture Arch 453 Architectural Design V
Design in the urban and/or community context. Application of urban theory and appropriate responses to climatic factors to theresolution of architectural and planning problems in community or urban contexts. Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary designencouraged.