Civic design is the use of design inquiry and making to address societal issues and contribute to our communal lives. The methods are open and participatory and strive to foster and sustain direct democracy and radical pluralism. Civic design spans formal and informal contexts and practices, and includes organizations, systems, environments, media and communications.
This journaling tool, based on a lesson created by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield for their GT 1000 course, is designed to introduce first year students to Georgia Tech’s efforts to create a sustainable campus community. Touring sites on campus, documenting the tour experience through journaling and photography, and considering the ways that sustainable design can impact the environment, equity, and economy will allow students opportunities to learn more about the ways effective sustainable design impacts both Georgia Tech and the wider Atlanta community.