LA 336/438 Spring 2010
The São Tomé Design Workshop and Seminar
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT + HISTORICAL RESEARCH + PARTICIPATORY PLANNING AND DESIGN + CULTURAL LANDSCAPE HISTORY + PLACE-BASED DESIGN + …
A fruitful collaboration has been growing for several years now between faculty and students from the University of Illinois and governmental and non-governmental organizations in São Tomé, an island nation off the coast of West Africa. This relationship is built on mutually beneficial engagement – students learning through projects that engage complex sites and real community concerns while also providing useful technical assistance and end-products that São Tomé officials and residents can use. This spring, we have a unique opportunity to send an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty to the island. Participants will travel to São Tomé during winter break and work will continue throughout the spring semester. Ongoing dialogue with our partners in São Tomé will be supported through web, blogs, and other means. Students not traveling but part of the follow-up studio or seminar will need to also stay informed via web and blogs.
This studio is made possible through support from the Community Informatics Initiative, the East St. Louis Action Research Project, and the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Course Information Sheet
1) Design alternatives for Independence Plaza and seawall / walk
2) Land use analysis and alternatives
3) Design alternatives for street vendors and street-side restaurants
4) Exploration into sites related to slavery and the slave trade
5) Theoretical explorations into issues of commemoration, memory, and public history.
6) Other projects may emerge based on discoveries while in São Tomé
Mid-Report of Sao Tome's Independence Plaza Designs
Final Student Designs
Last updated on 7/22/2011