College of Design

Healthcare Design of the Future

This active multidisciplinary class provides and introduction to healthcare and healthcare design, focusing on how to identify and evaluate opportunities for innovation; how to set up and analyze field studies; how to conduct multidisciplinary human-centered design projects, and how to express results in written and graphic form, including mock-ups.  Multidisciplinary teams work with healthcare partners such as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory Healthcare, to develop solutions to empower patients and families, and make healthcare safer and more effective.

Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

This course provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions.  The legal and historical context as well as substantive areas or urban planning are addressed. Tensions among economic, environmental, and equity results of public policies and private developments are examined.  Tools for involving stakeholders in planning decisions are surveyed.

Introduction to Land Use

Land use planning touches upon all the core areas of sustainable planning practice, from community development, environmental planning, and economic development, to transportation and mobility.  The course introduces the process of land use planning and shows how the plan document is prepared.  It also discussed the criteria for determining good plans and provides an overview of the tools used for implementing sustainable solutions.  We draw from recent experiences with neo-traditional planning, smart growth, climate sensitive design, and smart city debates.

Retrofitting Suburbia

The automobile-dependent nature of suburban development has negative impacts on economic, social, and environmental health and sustainability.  However, as an increasing number of suburban properties are aging they are providing opportunities to address a range of 21st Century challenges they were never designed for.

Drawing on Nature

Our research begins with  a series of direct observation drawing exercises focusing on gesture, proportion, scale, perspective, and composition, followed by studies of master draftsmen such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and da Vinci.  Their great skill as artists was a direct manifestation of their knowledge of plants, animals, scientific principles, and the human figure.  We then are joined by professors from the School of Biology and invited experts, who discuss our drawing observations and help direct our research agenda.

Water, Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Designing Sustainable Communities

A workshop focusing on collaborative design – involving architects, planners and engineers -  of sustainable stormwater solutions that contribute to community development. The project focus of the workshop will be within the Proctor Creek Watershed and the Georgia Tech Campus. The workshop includes invited lectures from Atlanta and nationally, seminars on critical topics, and student collaborative teams doing project designs and presentations. 

 

Tokyo Smart City Studio Project

The urban design studio provides learning opportunities of students from city planning, architecture, engineering and policy. It focuses on physical form of c ties and plan making of ecologically sound, resilient and sustainable communities. The course introduces methods of representation, design, evaluation and decision making processes shaping sustainable communities. Students learn skills of design and their link to values of sustainability such as diversity, equity, ecological performance and climate sensitivity. 

Design Build Women's Shelter Project

The School of Building Construction is partnering with CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and PADV (a non-profit organization, Partnership Against Domestic Violence) PADV operates shelters for battered women and their children.  Student teams will analyze all facets of the current midtown Atlanta shelter. Determining whether PADV should remain in the current Atlanta location and renovate, or sell this location and move to a new site, remaining in Fulton County. The student group will make its recommendations in a final presentation to the PADV Board in late 2016.

Race to Zero Student Design Competition

This independent study is dedicated to completing Georgia Tech’s entry to the US Department of Energy’s Race to Zero 2018 Student Design Competition. A team of students will ultimately produce a design for a net-zero ready building according to the DoE’s requirements and present this to industry experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado in late April 2018.

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