Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning
Edited by Mallika Bose, Paula Horrigan, Cheryl Doble, Sigmund Shipp
Routledge – 2014 – 352 pages
Community Matters: Service Learning in Design and Planning explores issues that resonate with a diverse group of design and planning educators drawn to the challenge of supporting greater community building and empowerment while combining learning with service. Community Matters explores such questions as:
This book provides compelling evidence for the case that educators should be adopting engaged pedagogies like service-learning, engaged research methods like action research, and engaged theories and practices like participatory design, placemaking and deliberative democracy. Together these approaches are mapping a geography of design and planning education, practice and scholarship occurring at the boundary of community and academy.
Community Matters is a book that matters. Its goals are lofty: "a call for full participation" of all educational institutions, especially design and planning schools, to collaborate with underserved communities to effectively address the complex challenges these communities are facing. And for inspiration and understanding, several compelling programs are described in a compilation of case studies and reflective bookend chapters that illustrate the how-to and challenges of these collaborations. With the rise of service learning programs in U.S. architecture and planning schools, Community Matters provides needed guidance through its articulate report of the purposes, values, and strategies of effective community-engaged design and planning education. And for the emergent Public Interest Design movement, the book provides a powerful argument, backed up by evidence, for necessary, systemic changes in design and planning education. Professor Roberta Feldman, University of Illinois at Chicago
This book demonstrates that community is still the foundation of democracy, requiring attention to shared and unshared values, local participation and global political savvy and the design of everyday places of civic engagement. The authors show how to form, reimagine, contest, build and celebrate community. They collectively answer a most critical challenge: How can universities strengthen community through service-learning that simultaneously serves dispossessed groups and prepares students in planning and design fields to practice in ways that will support democracy. They use inspiring stories to raise tough questions that educators can no longer avoid. Randolph Hester, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction: Why Community Matters 1. Taking Stock: Perspectives on Community Matters (Sigmund Shipp, Hunter College) Part 1: Partnering to Advance Productive Community Dialogues 2. Partnering, Because Community Matters (Cheryl Doble, SUNY ESF) 3. Establishing a Place for Common Ground: A Case Study of the Role of a Service-Learning Studio in Neighborhood University Development (Maren King, SUNY ESF) 4. Spaces of Connection: Implementing the Design of a High-Tech Learning Space for Youth (Gibbs, McFarland, Irish, University of Illinois) Part 2: Original Seeing: Beholding Community 5. Recalling and Remembering Community: Cell Phone Diaries (Kofi Boone, NC State) 6. Considering Public History (Deborah Zervus, U. Mass Amherst) 7. Finding and Reassembling Community Amidst Disaster (Nadia Anderson, Iowa State University) Part 3: Co-Imagining Alternative Worlds 8. Clearwater Studio: Co-imagining a Living Past and a Common Future (Lancelot Coars, University of Manitoba) 9. The Politics of Radical Pedagogy: Transforming Power and Seeking Justice (Abbilynn Miler: University of Illinois) 10. Rust to Green: Cultivating Resilience in the Rust Belt (Paula Horrigan, Cornell University, Jamie Vanucchi, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry) Part 4: Changing from Within: Recasting Academic Communities 11. Democracy Matters, Beginning in the Classroom: Towards a Collaborative (Democratic?) Design Studio (Deni Ruggeri, University of Oregon) 12. Changing Racial Attitudes: Community-based Learning and Service in East St. Louis, Illinois (Stacy Harwood, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and Marisa Zapata, University of Cincinnati) 13. Putting Community First: Reflections on History, Identity, and Power in Local and Global Service-Learning (Lynne Dearborn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Part 5: Outcomes Matter: Creating an Evaluative Community 14. Reaching Out and Reaching In: Investigating Community Impact of a University Outreach Program (Susan Erikson, University of Iowa) 15. Probing Impacts: Voices of Community (Mallika Bose, Pennsylvania State University, Jim Wilson, Danville Business Association) 16. The Semester Ends but the Community Challenges Do Not: A Legacy to Continue the Work in East Harlem (Martin et al, Pratt Institute) 17. Life Before/During/Between/After the Service-learning Design Studios (Jeff Hou, University of Washington) Bibliography
Mallika Bose is Associate Professor of landscape architecture at Penn State University, USA. She was the Director of the Hamer Center for Community Design from 2008-2012. Motivated by her interest in issues of equity/justice and how social structures are spatially embedded, she pursues research on built environment and active living/healthy eating, public scholarship and community-engaged design and planning.
Paula Horrigan is Associate Professor of landscape architecture at Cornell University, USA. Her teaching and research focuses on placemaking, participatory design and the pedagogies and practices of civic engagement that encourage university-community reciprocity and enable community-based problem solving. She leads the Rust to Green NY Action Research Project whereby university and community partners work together on fostering a narrative of resilience and sustainability in New York’s Rust.
Cheryl Doble is Associate Professor Emeritus in the department of landscape architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, USA. She is the founding director of the college’s Center for Community Design Research, which facilitates the development of academic/community partnerships that support collaborative community-based design and research projects.
Sigmund C. Shipp is Associate Professor in the department of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College, New York,USA. He is the director of the undergraduate urban studies program. His research has involved a study of urban renewal, worker-owned cooperatives, and the black church and college community development corporations. His recent research has focused on White poverty in America.