This course explores the theory and practice of selected architects, artists, designers, and activists working to positively transform and shape their communities in creative manners. We will focus on initiatives defined as “social practice art” operating at the intersection of several disciplines to accomplish a “designed” element. For initiatives carried out in reality, we will center our attention on the understanding of site and site-specificity, intervention vs integration, and assess the resulting “design”. For theoretical initiatives that live as museum exhibitions, we will analyze the proposed project as well as the exhibition design. The course includes readings, class discussions and student presentations, meetings with local artists/activists, curators, and culminates with a design proposal with an interactive and participatory component for an exhibition that addresses the theme of this semester (mass incarceration in Louisiana) “Per-Sister: Mass Incarcerated Women in Louisiana” slated to open at the Newcomb Art Museum on January 2019.
All classes are suspended for the week of March 16. Starting the week of March 23, all classes will resume entirely online. Tulane School of Architecture (TuSA) remains open with most faculty and staff working remotely. Students can be granted access to work in the building only with prior approval from the school. At this time, we are not hosting admissions tours.
Please continue to check your Tulane email, Canvas, the TuSA COVID-19 FAQ, and the Tulane Emergency Management page for updates.
Tulane is working with students who have difficult personal circumstances that would make leaving campus a challenge or will face complications in online learning once they return home. In response, we have set up the Tulane Student Emergency Aid and Assistance Fund to address current student needs.