Project Title: Constructing Equitable Terrain: Exploring Issues of Equity and Inclusion in Architectural Education
Student Researchers: Marina Fabela, Andrea Mendoza Juarez, Jacob Rohan, Megan Schulte
Description: Emerging from the collaborative diversity, equity, and inclusion working group, this project seeks to address the role architecture and its allied fields play in undermining marginalized people’s access to well-being, power, and full participation in civic, social, and economic life. We acknowledge the ways in which our nation is built on historical injustice. These harms persist in our local communities and there is an urgent need for repair.
With a mindset towards shifting norms and decentering the status quo, we will focus on a deeper understanding of how DEI issues impact the culture of SARUP. The first phase of research is a search focused on documentation, learning materials, and precedents. These materials will be reviewed based on sustainable but tenacious DEI principles. The second phase involves social science methods and ethnographic inquiry: collaborative workshops and community engagement on developing understanding, leading to materials and practices that fit the context of the Department of Architecture while also challenging the status quo. The third phase of the project involves showcasing the research and development deliverables to the architecture community: students, staff, and faculty, as well as prospective students, alumni, and other virtual and in-person visitors.
NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. NEXT.cc introduces what design is, what design does, and why design is important. It offers activities across nine scales – nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world. NEXT.cc’s journeys introduce activities online, in the classroom, in the community and globally. NEXT.cc journeys and activities are supported with links to museums, institutions and contemporary practices. The eco web network of journeys provides a solid foundation for newly established NAAEE North American Association of Environmental Education standards with place based design activities that address the five goals of environmental education: Awareness, Knowledge, Attitudes and Environmental Ethic, Citizen Action Skills, and Citizen Action Experiences. NEXT.cc is based on Wisconsin Art and Design Standards and Common Core State Standards. NEXT.cc is now set to NEXT Generation Science Standards. Dylan Groshek will contribute his multifaceted talents to NEXT.cc as a designer of many of the graphics including the iconic 9 scales and logo. Dylan will concentrate on conceptual navigation, layout, coding, and graphic art. In addition to visual critique, Dylan’s designs will develop into an advancement of the number of NEXT journeys.
PROMOTE stewardship of the environment
INSPIRE wonder of the built and natural world
CONNECT an eco-web community
ENABLE teachers as collaborators empowering youth-led active project learning
CRITIQUE and impact consumption
PROPOSE humanitarian solutions to social problems
ADVOCATE conscientious alternative living strategiest
Current NEXT.cc usage globally with a 213% increase in 2021