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Spring 2020 Option Studios

About Beloit Beloit is a residential treatment facility for children located in Ames, Iowa. Beloit is a Trauma-Sensitive Care (TSC) environment which focuses on helping children feel safe while they learn to identify their emotions, and how to communicate those to others. While at Beloit, children participate in one-on-one therapy sessions with counselors, group sessions with other children and staff, and therapy sessions with family members. They also participate in “milieu” therapy, where children live in communities together to learn skills like communication and conflict resolution. The Charge Through a participatory design process, students will work with the staff and

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10-5:20

Teaching faculty name(s)

Julie Stevens

Eligible students
  • All ISU majors (junior and senior)
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

This option studio concentrates on cutting-edge solutions in the area of sustainable mobility in smart cities. Smart cities are cities that incorporate information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to improve quality of life for the citizens, improve safety, reduce the effects of climate change, and enhance the quality of urban services such as energy, transportation, utilities, education, etc. Smart mobility plays an important role in the design and planning of modern cities. Striving to achieve sustainable mobility in the cities brings transformation to ways in which people travel, access different locations in the cities and connect with others. The

Course Credit
  • Variable
Days/times for the course

prepferably Tue and Thur

Teaching faculty name(s)

Alenka Poplin

Eligible students
  • All ISU majors (junior and senior)

As a multi-disciplinary design studio, we will focus on creating the physical environment for health and well-being. In the first project, students participate in developing aging in place communities including a sustainable, healthy and active neighborhood and community design, and different types of sustainable residential environments in order to support older adults' physical, psychological and social needs and improve their health and quality of life. One team will be selected for a scholarship and will be awarded at the awards day in the College of Design. The second project will be dedicated to creating various healthcare environments including a patient

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

1:10 - 5:20 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Teaching faculty name(s)

Daejin Kim, Andrea Wheeler and Cameron Campbell

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

Learning Objectives: • Create professional and compelling projects, proposals, and presentations. • Gain experience working with an interdisciplinary team. • Become Familiar with Systems Thinking/Systems Theory concepts and practices. • Use design as a tool for critical inquiry and interrogate existing examples of sustainable design as part of the design process. • Enhance the ability to promote ideas/proposals to funding agencies, employers, and clients. Planned Activities: Work as a team with a local/regional community or organization to analyze and address social, economic, and environmental challenges. Depending on budget and project requirements small scale implementations of the projects may be realized.

Course Credit
  • Variable
Days/times for the course

WF 1:10-5:20pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

Austin Stewart

Eligible students
  • All ISU majors (junior and senior)
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

The digital age with its smart infrastructure and transportation technology offers new challenges and opportunities for urban growth, prosperity, and quality of life. This urban design studio will imagine a future in which autonomous vehicles, ride sharing, and changed car ownership supported by urban policy and infrastructure create optimal access and physical and economic mobility for all. The studio will examine the City of Des Moines’s recently adopted working plans – MoveDMS, Transportation for Everyone (2018) and Connect Downtown (2017) – in terms of its stated goals. It will then anticipate the future of mobility and life-styles – new ways

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

Tu/Th 8-1

Teaching faculty name(s)

Mira Engler

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

In her recent text, Performance Now: Live Art for the 21st Century (2018) RoseLee Goldberg includes a final chapter on the subject of “Performing Architecture”. It shows how young architects entering the profession in the 1970s initiated a parallel movement to that of artists in the 60s in response to the’ economic recession, for whom “the opportunity to apply their thinking to real construction was non-existent”. While situating the emergence in parallel to art is valuable, and recognizing that the conceptually driven architects of the period had no actual outlets for their creative visions as did artists (i.e., like “a

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF/1:10-5:20

Teaching faculty name(s)

Mitchell Squire

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

This course will seek to define sustainable development with a focus on the importance of cultural understanding and appropriate technologies. We will discuss various models of development, and talk about what works and what doesn’t. The course will include class discussions and research on global development. But, for the most part, it will be a hands on class working on the design of several service-learning projects in collaboration with NGOs in Ghana and the U.S. In particulalr, we will be working with Self Help International https://www.selfhelpinternational.org/ the Iowa State Chapter of Engineers Without Boarders https://www.ewb-usa.org/ The projects include developing handicraft

Course Credit
  • Variable
Days/times for the course

Tuesday, Thursday 2:10 to 5

Teaching faculty name(s)

Chris Martin

Eligible students
  • All ISU majors (junior and senior)

At a time when diplomatic relations between nations are increasingly fragile, specialized design becomes a creative, generative force — operating at any scale — that can offer a powerful counterpoint to impasse. Adopting Iowa State University’s focus on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Adventure we plan to teach the fourth iteration of ISU’s College of Design interdisciplinary collaboration on preservation and cultural heritage with the US State Department. Through Casa Carlucci (the official residence of the US Ambassador in Lisbon, Portugal), we will continue to foster international partnerships and advance cultural heritage protection globally through pedagogical and technological innovation. ISU is the

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10pm to 5:20pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

Diane Al Shihabi, Mikesch Muecke

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

This interdisciplinary studio combines architectural design and computational design to explore how augmented reality can blur the boundaries between space and data, creating new potentials for expression and social interaction. The class will design and implement a prototype augmented reality exhibition space for an art museum. Students will install a 1:1 mock-up of an exhibit where visitors will interact with demonstrations of augmented reality art. Unlike virtual reality, which creates an environment independent of the real world, augmented reality (AR) includes virtual elements that interact with existing space. While AR has been used for the visualization of architectural designs, information

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF – 1:10-5:20

Teaching faculty name(s)

Nick Senske

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

What is the role of the state park in the twenty-first century? Originally intended to preserve significant regional biota and geologic features, Iowa’s state parks are now also beloved recreation sites, impacted by thousands of visitors each year. In commemoration of the state park system’s 100th anniversary, this studio will examine the purpose, function, and appearance of the state park in the 21st century, using Ledges State Park as a design laboratory. Established in 1924 and designed by ISU landscape architects, Ledges illustrates many of the issues confronted by today’s state parks throughout the country, including increasing urbanization, industrialized agriculture,

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF1.10-5.20, per catalog

Teaching faculty name(s)

Heidi Hohmann

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

This multidisciplinary (and intercontinental) studio focusing on exhibition design will build off the success of last spring’s first multidisciplinary studio combining architecture, graphic, interior and industrial design students working in concert to address a multidimensional design problem. Students will form multidisciplinary teams to develop a design proposal for a museum exhibition. Utilizing a proven interdisciplinary method, students will work with a museum in Rome, Italy, to craft a proposal for an exhibit at the Maxxi Museum. A weeklong field trip to the Eternal City (i.e. Rome) to tour museums, meet with curators and designers will kick-off this unique and dynamic

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

12:10-4:00 MWF

Teaching faculty name(s)

Andrea Quam, Mike Ford, Pete Evans and Simone Bove

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)

The HOTEL course is co-taught between Architecture & Interior Design, and will focus on the design of a new timber structure hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, CRP, and Graphic Design students are encouraged to apply, as student teams will work cross-disciplinarily to design the hotel and mitigate the surrounding infrastructure. There will be a field trip to the actual site, as well as other relevant environments in and around Oahu. Context is both intensely urban as well as tropical rainforest, and student research into pressing urban issues as well as culturally appropriate responses

Days/times for the course

MWF 1:00pm-5:00pm

Teaching faculty name(s)

Thomas Leslie & Lee Cagley

This course will explore strategies and methods for using art and design to increase social capital in communities. Students from a variety of disciplines will work collaboratively throughout the semester to learn effective ways to engage communities, facilitate meaningful community discussions, and use art, design and culture to build understanding among diverse populations around selected thematic topics. The course will work in a variety of community scales, including the classroom, the College of Design, the ISU campus, and the greater Ames community to develop, test, and refine creative engagement methodologies. Course Goals: • Upon completion of this course students will

Course Credit
  • 4
Days/times for the course

MW/1:10-4:30

Teaching faculty name(s)

Jennifer Drinkwater

Eligible students
  • All ISU majors (junior and senior)

Students will build on the work of previous option studios to help the Acoma Nation in New Mexico envision a future education and learning “campus”/ “neighborhood”/ “complex”/ environment. The work you produce will help them continue to make choices about their future planning and development and their constructed place — buildings and landscapes — as well as their experience at the interior level. Your work may also be used as the Acoma Pueblo works to raise funding to make this project a reality. Students will be required to produce both presentation materials and project documentation for the Acoma Nation. Students

Course Credit
  • 6
Days/times for the course

MWF 1:10-5:30

Teaching faculty name(s)

Lynn Paxson

Eligible students
  • All College of Design majors (juniors, seniors and graduate students)
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