11.945 Springfield Studio

Spring 2004

Springfield School.
The existing Gerena School in Springfield. (Image courtesy of the studio.)

Course Highlights

This class is an in-depth urban design studio set in Springfield, Massachusetts. The class and the community worked together on the final report, which can be seen in the projects section. The image gallery contains the staging maps the class created for the studio.

Course Description

The Springfield Studio is a practicum design course that focuses on the physical, programmatic, and social renewal of an urban community in Springfield, Massachusetts by combining classroom work with an applied class project. The course content covers the areas of physical design/urban design and the related analysis and planning tools used to understand and assess urban conditions from a design and development perspective. Urban design issues are investigated in the context of social and economic challenges within the community. Thus, the course has dual goals:
  1. analyze physical conditions in the community, assess community need, propose physical design interventions; and
  2. assess community capacity and programmatic needs.

The ultimate goal is to explore the integration of social, programmatic and physical development interventions in ways that reinforce community revitalization efforts, and to apply this knowledge through the development of a formal neighborhood revitalization plan that addresses community needs.

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Prof. Ceasar McDowell
Prof. Susan Silberberg

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
3 hours / session