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Lectures on Public Design Education and Practice

Thursday, OCT 27, 2011


Lecture for Students
Public Design Education: Work of the Students and Public Design Interns at the GCCDS
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Place: UTB ITEC-Center, 301 Mexico Blvd, Room D102

Since spring of 2007 the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio has hosted design students every spring to study, live & work. The work of the students in this unique “study abroad” program is different due to the fact that the curriculum was not designed for them; the curriculum was contextual and was based on issues surrounding designing, planning and building in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
In the fall of 2010, the education programming evolved from the student work to the Public Design Internship. Through this one year internship/certificate program graduate interns are paid ¾ time positions with the design studio and also are enrolled in 6 hrs of class through the university. These classes are 1 studio and 1 seminar focusing on this public practice. Public Design Interns are involved in every aspect of the office work along with unique design projects assigned during each semester.

Lecture for Public
Public Design Practice: Work of the GCCDS & its Partners
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Place: UTB main Campus, Science, Engineering & Technology Building (SETB), 3rd Floor

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio was established soon after Hurricane Katrina and is providing planning and architectural design support to many Mississippi Gulf Coast communities and non-profit organizations. Drawing from parallel professions such as Public Health, Public Design practice looks for areas to be useful beyond the single owner with money and land requirement of traditional practice, to the issues and needs facing communities that often span scales, property lines, ecological areas and political boundaries.

Currently the GCCDS is engaged in work at various levels of community, from individual home design to bayou restoration to regional planning, the work of the studio continues to evolve and explore the idea of Public Design practice.

About Gulf Coast Community Design Studio
The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) is a professional service and outreach program of Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art + Design. The GCCDS was established in Biloxi, Mississippi in response to Hurricane Katrina to provide architectural design services, landscape and planning assistance, educational opportunities and research to organizations and communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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