Arch 698B: Advanced Design Research Studio

Point of Confluence

Through processes of social learning, learning through observation and interaction, learners can engage in collaborative problem-solving, feedback, and group reflection, providing space for the sharing as well as the hearing of other people’s perspectives. Designing and redesigning large landscape infrastructure, such as the Los Angeles river, is not an easy task. With many interests at hand, there are competing priorities and a lot to consider so we explored play and gaming as a method of engaging with the Frogtown community. Our driving goals were to facilitate thoughtful dialogue, consider the conditions that are needed in which to rebuild trust, and challenge typical landscape infrastructure-practices that operate too often in silos through a collaborative and playful approach. How could we create the conditions where social learning is possible?