As if the future matters : teaching design for sustainable communities

Williamson, Terry, Jones, David, Shannon, Susan and Radford, Antony 2012, As if the future matters : teaching design for sustainable communities, in SFC 2012 : Proceedings of Sustainable Futures Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South conference, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda, pp. 219-223.

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Title As if the future matters : teaching design for sustainable communities
Author(s) Williamson, Terry
Jones, David
Shannon, Susan
Radford, Antony
Conference name Sustainable Futures Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South. Conference (2012 : Kampala, Uganda)
Conference location Kampala, Uganda
Conference dates 25-30 Jun. 2012
Title of proceedings SFC 2012 : Proceedings of Sustainable Futures Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Sustainable Futures Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South Conference
Start page 219
End page 223
Total pages 5
Publisher Uganda Martyrs University
Place of publication Kampala, Uganda
Keyword(s) sustainability
community
planning
education
design
Summary Between 2007 and 2010 a series of intensive annual field trips took around 100 predominantly city-based Australian and international students from The University of Adelaide into rural communities (numbers ranged from 82 in 2007 to 105 in 2009). Country areas/towns (rather than the city) were chosen because in them issues of sustainability are ‘in your face’ and much clearer for students to comprehend than in the city. The trips required co-operation between the respective communities, the School and the students. The organization required for this number of students was time-consuming and prone to disruption, and the series ended when the principal organisers moved on to new positions and the School reverted to less time-costly modes of teaching. This paper provides a retrospective insight into the series of field trips and examines their educational and professional value for the participants – students, staff and communities. We begin by describing the aims of the course and argument for an immersive educational approach, then present the logistics and process for the field trips, discuss the outcomes for the stakeholders, and finally present some conclusions.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051744

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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