Grist.org writer and comedian Isa Hopkins recently wrote about the effect–and hopeful impact–of design/build studios that are gaining ground in university architecture programs. “Architecture for the people by the people” calls attention to the increasing amount of projects based in local communities as opposed to traveling overseas. University of Washington professor Steve Badanes and Rural Studio director Andrew Freear contribute thoughts on how these programs have potential to influence the field of architecture at large, along with Public Architecture’s efforts to incorporate this work into practice.
Questions of social responsibility in architecture have a long history of dialog and discussion, however — and if professors like Steve Badanes have anything to say about it, Millennial-generation architects just might be the ones to push these ideas out into the world. Students who go through design/build programs enter their careers not just hungry to make a difference, but empowered by their experience of already having done so.
Click here to read “Architecture for the people by the people,” online at Grist.org.