[ ARCH 372, LA 236/338, UP378 Spring 2003 ]






Week One

1/20, 1/22, 1/24

(ARCH: Design Wk)


ARCH studio selection

LA: introduction

UP: introduction

Lecture 1: Overview Presentation

Guest: Chad Thilborger,

            NTAC director

Visit ESLARP Office,

         326 Noble Hall

Reading (in reader; complete before class):

·        Kozol, Jonathan. “Life on the Mississippi: East St. Louis, Illinois,” Savage Inequalities (NY: Harper Perennial, 1991):  8-39.

·        Morrish, W. and Catherine Brown. Selections from Planning to Stay (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1994): 17-19, 91-95, 97-98, 100-108, 111-116.

·        The Remaking of Emerson Park: Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Activism and the Emerson Park Development Corporation, 1985-2002.  

Assign groups for Assignment 1

Week Two

1/27, 1/29, 1/31

Getting to Know ESL and the South End:

Develop individual composite analysis map


·        Draft SENDO revitalization plan

·        Kris Johnson’s report

Work on Assignment 1 in class

Class develops Code of Conduct

(planning students: 

read  Draft SENDO revitalization plan and Kris Johnson report prior to class)

Lecture 2:  Introduction to Neighborhood Planning/Design

Reading (book):

·        Brower, Sidney.  Good Neighborhoods (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1996): Intro, chapters 1, 2.

Assignment 1 Due/Discussion

Hand out Assignment 2: “My Neighborhood Is…”

Week Three

2/3, 2/5, 2/7

(Design Wk)

Prepare for Inventory Work Weekend:

·        develop flyer

·        prepare maps

·        develop strategy

SENDO meeting in ESL

Approximately 8 students will attend; the rest will work at school with remaining faculty.

Reading:  Brower, ch. 3-6

Be prepared for class discussion and in-class exercise

Assignment 2 Due; Discussion

(Students who go to ESL will discuss reading and Assignment 2 in van on trip)


Work Weekend:

·        Verify site analyses

·        Building footprints, street conditions, vegetation

·        Organizing and introductions

During Work Weekend: Assignment 3: sketches and diagrams during work weekend

Week Four

2/10, 2/12, 2/14

Debrief from work weekend

Finalize weekend inventory maps

Reading: Brower, ch. 7-11; discussion

Assign Groups for Good Neighborhood Study; begin work

Lecture 3:  Structural Forces Shaping the Neighborhood: Housing Policy, Economic Restructuring, and More.

Reading (in reader):

·        Conley, Dalton.  “Wealth Matters.” In Being Black and Living in the Red (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999):1-24.

·        Pyatok, Michael.  “Neighborhood Development in a Democratic City: Toward a ‘Real Urbanism.’” Arcade Fall 1996.

Work on Good Neighborhood Study

Turn in Sketchbooks

Week Five

2/17, 2/19, 2/21

(Design Wk)

Work on Good Neighborhood Study

Lecture 4: Urban Design and the Neighborhood

Reading (in reader): 

·        Bressi, Todd. “Planning the American Dream.” In The New Urbanism. Peter Katz, ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994): xxv-xlii.

·        Kaliski, John. “The Present City and the Practice of City Design.” In Everyday Urbanism. (NY: Monacelli Press, 1999): 88-109.

St. Louis Fieldtrip

·        Arch

·        Pruitt Igoe site

·        Forest Park

·        Neighborhoods

During Fieldtrip:
Assignment 4
: Sketching and Measuring

Prior to trip, read the following. We will discuss in vans on trip.

·        Jacobs, Allan. “Clues” and “Seeing Change” from Looking at Cities (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985):30-83, 99-107.

Week Six

2/24, 2/26, 2/28

Work on Good Neighborhoods Study

Lecture 5:  Housing as Home

Reading (in reader):

·        Rainwater, Lee. “Fear and the House-as-Haven in the Lower Class.” In People and Buildings. Robert Gutman, ed. (NY: Basic Books, 1972). pp. 299-313.

·        Pyatok, Michael.  “Martha Stewart vs. Studs Terkel? New Urbanism and Inner Cities Neighborhoods That Work.” Places (Winter 2000).

·        Jones, Tom; William Pettus; Michael Pyatok. Good Neighbors. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995). pp. 8-10, 13-18, 21, 24-26, 39-45.

Work on Good Neighborhood Study

In-class pin-up of work in progress

Week Seven

3/3, 3/5, 3/7

(ARCH: Design Wk)

Work on Good Neighborhoods Study

SENDO meeting in ESL:  Presentation of Good Neighborhoods

(some students will present in ESL, the rest will work in studio)

On-campus Review:  Good Neighborhoods

Assignment 5: Critique of Review

Present Process for Plan of South End; discuss goals, assign groups and responsibilities

Week Eight

3/10, 3/12, 3/14

Work on final plan

Lecture 6:  Community Organizing/ Community Design

Video: The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and his Legacy



·        Francis, Mark.  “Proactive Practice” Places 12, 2 (Winter 1999): 61-68.

·        Hood, Walter. “Opening Day Isn’t Everyday.” In Democratic Design in the Pacific Rim. Randolph Hester and Corrina Kweskin, eds. (Mendocino: Ridge Times Press, 1999): 116-123.

ESL Work Weekend

Those who go should complete Assignment 7 afterward.

Students who do not go will have class as usual; work on final plan

Week Nine

3/17, 3/19, 3/21

(Design Wk)

Work on final plan

In-class pin-up of work on Plan

Turn in Sketchbooks

Work on final plan


Enjoy your break

Enjoy your break

Enjoy your break

Week Ten

3/31, 4/2, 4/4

(NAAB m, w)

Work on final plan

SENDO meeting in ESL

Work on final plan

Week Eleven

4/7, 4/9, 4/11

(ARCH: Design Wk)

Work on final plan

Invited Faculty/practitioner review of work

ESL Work Weekend

Those who go should complete Assignment 7 afterward.

Students who do not go will have class as usual; work on final plan

Week Twelve

4/14, 4/16, 4/18

Work on final plan

In-class pin-up

Work on final plan

Week Thirteen

4/21, 4/23, 4/25 (Design Wk)

Work on final plan

Work on final plan

Final Plan Revisions

SATURDAY:  Tentative date for SENDO Open House and Review of FINAL Plan

Week Fourteen

4/28, 4/31, 5/2



Turn-in Final Plan

Week Fifteen

5/5, 5/7

(Design Wk)

Tentative Date for Presentation of Final Product to Campus

(planning students: please make every effort to attend; Arch design week schedule will not allow other day)

Final electronic and hard copies due

No class
LA: Sasaki Day

Arch: Awards Ceremony

No Class

Sketchbooks Due (complete)

Readings: Ordering / Making

Ordering (Required)

Brower, Sidney.  Good Neighborhoods (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1996).  All chapters?

            Available at bookstore.

Reader #1: Selected Readings

            Available at Notes and Quotes, Johnstowne Center at John Street/Fifth

Reader #2: The 2002 South End Revitalization Plan; Working Draft October 2002

            Available at Notes and Quotes.


The following books are HIGHLY recommended and on reserve in the Arch library.

Wekerle, Gerda and Carolyn Whitzman.  Safe Cities: Guidelines for Planning, Design and Management.  New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995.  chapters 1-3.

Jacobs, Allan.  Great Streets.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993.

Jones, Tom; William Pettus; Michael Pyatok. Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995).

Cooper Marcus, Clare and Wendy Sarkissian.  Housing as If People Mattered: Site Design Guidelines for Medium-Density Family Housing. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.

Cooper Marcus, Clare and Carolyn Francis.  People Places: Design Guidelines for Urban Open Space. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990.

Oppenheimer Dean, Andrea and Timothy Hursley.  Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency.  New York: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Brophy, Paul and Alice Shabecoff.  Careers in Community Development.  Washington: Island Press, 2001.

Blakely, Edward and Ted Bradshaw.  Planning Local Economic Development.  Third Edition.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2001.

Ferguson, Ronald F. and William T. Dickens, editor. Urban Problems and Community Development. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institute, 1999.

Clay, Grady. 1980. Close Up: How to Read the American City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Chase, John, Margaret Crawford, and John Kaliski.  Everyday Urbanism. New York: Monacelli Press, 1999.


East St Louis Action Research Project: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu

Sanborn maps:  Access via the library at http://www.library.uiuc.edu/rex/erefs/maps.htm

Census:  http://www.uscensus.info/census2000

Professional organizations, non-profits, research centers, etc.