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Real-World Plans by Designing Students

Posted March 10, 1999

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Berkeley architecture graduate student Larry Schadt presents a design he created for the Collaborative Housing Studio.

The Collaborative Housing Studio, a new program pairing architecture and planning students with design professionals, is providing a unique learning opportunity for students traditionally taught in a primarily academic setting.

Initiated by the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the studio brings students and professionals together to examine contemporary urban architecture issues.

Last semester, a total of 60 students from the College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly and the California College of Arts and Crafts participated in the program. The students were required to design affordable and market-rate, medium-density housing, in accordance with city zoning regulations, for two San Francisco sites slated for housing development. The final projects were juried by professional architects, planners and bankers.

According to Heather Hood, associate planner for the campus and an organizer of the studio, the jury of professionals exposes students to "a lively discussion between some of the local and sometimes disagreeing 'players'" in housing development.

"It was a great opportunity," she said, "for the students to hear the tensions and for city planners to be shown the wealth of ideas designers can offer before policy is set."



March 10 - 16, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 26)
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