ARCH 502A: Public Engagement

Instructor: Rob Berry

Public Engagements

Architecture is inherently public. Our work as architects necessarily engages with the concerns of the world around us. We do not (and cannot) work in isolation; rather, through our actions, we enter into an exchange with the interests and welfare of the common good.

Any act of architecture—building, drawing, idea—participates in an ongoing, collective set of political, social, and cultural conversations. These public engagements are broad and robust, difficult and complex. How does architecture effectively enter into such a dialogue? What role does architecture play in setting an agenda for these discussions? How do the disciplinary concerns of architecture converse with the diverse motives of culture at large?

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