The Asheville DesignBuild Studio, a program of the Asheville Design Center, is a multi-disciplinary, hands-on, educational experience. Participants will have the opportunity to affect a lasting and positive impact on Asheville’s vibrant and diverse communities. Individuals will come together as a team, draw upon their wide range of design and technical disciplines to gather community input, define a project type, design and develop the concept, and build their design. The DesignBuild Studio addresses issues of social justice, community sustainability and good design, not simply by watching, but by doing.
This course will explore the process of developing a conceptual solution and translating it into a built space. Working with a local community, and drawing on a range of design and technical disciplines, participants will design, test, and build a public structure in Asheville, NC. Participants will explore how design can address issues of social justice and community sustainability by developing the knowledge and skills to define, generate, and explore conceptual solutions while integrating technical, financial, legal, and social constraints to complete a built project.
The Project: YWCA Outdoor Classroom & Edible Memorial Garden
The Asheville Design Center is excited to announce our Asheville DesignBuild project for Summer of 2014. ADC will be partnering with the YWCA of Asheville to build an outdoor classroom for children taking part in their after-school and summer camp programs. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA serves 6,000 families a year through programs that bridge gaps in education, earning power, health and wellness, and access to child care for low-income and minority members of our community.
Over 200 children come and go from the YWCA daily. Located in a residential neighborhood with nowhere to grow, the YWCA needs help to ensure efficient use of the outdoor space, parking lot and optimum traffic flow. We have identified an unused grassy area where our studio will construct an outdoor classroom, gathering spot, and fitness area. Transforming this space and re-routing all after-school pick up and drop off traffic to the back lot will help the YWCA with their traffic problem while providing an exciting outdoor space for their students.
This area is located at the top of a set of stairs (which we hope to cover) and leads to a back parking lot. Along this staircase, this summer’s class will also design and install edible memorial garden to honor Laurey Masterson, a local activist and business entrepreneur.
This summer’s DesignBuild Studio project offers students of all design disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, graphic design, interior design—an opportunity to significantly contribute to the design and delivery of this new community asset. Students will encouraged to engage YWCA members and children, in addition to surrounding community members, to better inform their design process. Students will also have the opportunity to confer with the design team at Mathews Architecture, the firm responsible for the YWCA’s recent renovations and additions (and recipient of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Firm of the Year Award in 2011).
A PDF of the Student Application form is available here.
All forms can be mailed to:
Asheville Design Center
PO Box 1524
Asheville, NC 28802
All other inquiries can be directed to Chris Joyell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-782-7894).