The Research + Design + Build Seminar will generate and analyze context and precedents, identify specific clients as well as develop programing criteria, and propose implementation strategies for specific projects to support school Design + Build efforts. Related course offerings will address design and prototyping in a studio framework, followed by directed research efforts to implement of the projects identified. While not required for enrollment in the initial seminar offering, it is intended that some of the students participating in the R+D+B seminar will be able to participate in the subsequent class efforts and provide the potential for continuity in the Research + Design + Build experience. Since it is not practical to assume or require students to participate in all of the offerings, an emphasis will be placed on clear and complete documentation of the work of each segment of the courses offerings to ensure accessibility and continuity.
This two unit Seminar / Lab course is being offered to study the precedents and operation of existing successful examples of design - build programs and generate programmatic criteria in collaboration with neighborhood users and constituents. The intention is to prepare for subsequent stages of design and implementation using our current course structure of design studios and special course offerings and directed research as required for project implementation.
The course is structured around three components:
- Research – precedents from existing design – build programs at peer institutions will be studied and used to generate an administrative, economic and academic model for the project with particular focus on the needs of our community, the resources of the school and the larger university, and the potential of the program to realize a built demonstration of those intentions.
- Project Focus – through an analysis of existing neighborhood institutions and potential interventions, the identification of a specific project suitable for development involving local user groups will be established.
- Programming of the specific project will involve direct community input and will result in a project brief that can be used in the subsequent spring design studio phase to follow. Collaboration and support exploiting our relationship with the professional community will be used both to gain additional perspective on the requirements of the project and to recruit additional resources during the subsequent design and implementation phases. Prototyping and preliminary design proposals using physical modeling will be used to validate programmatic criteria consistent with the learning objectives of the R+D+B initiative.
Students will identify and analyze existing programs and will be responsible to collaborate on the collection, documentation and analysis of the material and the potential application of these precedents to the local conditions and needs of the USC neighborhood. This will include consideration of funding opportunities potentially available to the neighborhood.
The identification of “users and clients” for the project proposals will build on existing institutional relationship between USC and the neighborhood as well as explore new opportunities.