This course explores the power of urban design to structure an equitable,
healthy, sustainable and gratifying context for the social lives
of its users. The objectives of the course are to design for people
and their real needs; to use form and structure to make “places;”
to understand the various schools of urban design thought and to
experiment with their adaptation to local circumstances; to provide
a particular site with evocative visions for a complex and dynamic
urbanism; and to enhance the economic, social, and ecological sustainability
of urban form, and of a selected site in particular.
The study area
for the studio will be the town of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway.
The intent of the studio will be to provide ideas and visions for
the community. Students in the combined studio involving planning
and landscape architecture students will conduct the visioning exercise,
working with citizens, elected officials and municipal staff for
the project involving 7 weeks from early September to mid-October.