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LARCH Summer Classes

LARCH 498B/598B Design Studio: Walking in the Anthropocene (6 credits)

Full Term: June 24 – August 5 2019

M/W/F 12:30-5:30pm, Gould 312

This interdisciplinary design studio investigates shifting ideas, spatial forms and public practices of pilgrimage—as sacred journey, scientific exploration, public protest and virtual inhabitation—in an era of climate change, political upheaval and social injustice. Whether a mundane kinetics, or an exalted journey, walking is a deeply foundational act, inscribed at the molecular level in our DNA, and embedded at varying scales in the environments we inhabit, navigate and shape. And in an era that privileges speed and efficiency, the slow landscapes of walking are deceptively subversive, that both witness the unseen and resist conformity, resignation and appropriation. Participants will be challenged to design their own catalytic urban pilgrimage, one that links existing sites, connects people, and builds social and natural capital in an age of crisis.

Course Instructor: Elizabeth Umbanhowar

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LARCH 498D/598D Fairy Tales of the City (4 credits)

Summer Intensive: June 24 – June 28 2019

9:00am-4:00pm, Gould Digital Commons

Explore urban theory, creative writing, illustration, and design. Inspired by the Blank Space Project Fairy Tales Competition, this course is a one week lab where you will write a 1,500 Fairy Tales and create five digital illustrations to accompany the story.

All experience levels and backgrounds encouraged to join. Course will be held in the UW College of Built Environments Digital Commons with access to all the resources and equipment you will need.

Course Instructors: Anca L. Szilágyi (author of “Daughters of the Air”) and Mackenzie Waller

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