Destination Weekends

Once a semester students and faculty converge on different destination to study design for an immersive long weekend. Here are some of the destinations we'll visit for a long weekend of learning.

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    Appalachian Kentucky

    Appalachian Kentucky is known for coal mining, natural beauty, craft and folk art. It's also the most impoverished area in the United States. How can design empower people to adapt and thrive at a time of immense social change?

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      Spring 2020
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    Chicago, Illinois

    A mega-city where innovative public art and parks invite engagement though crime puts many citizens in daily danger. How can design find ways for cities to be safe for citizens regardless of socioeconomic status?

    • Visit
      Spring 2021
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    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Cincinnati is a city that is moving upward and there's a lot that can be learned from this shift. It prompts the question: how can a region use design to change its stars?

    • Visit
      Spring 2018
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    New Orleans, Louisiana

    An intensely multicultural city where tourism, natural disasters, and wars have marked its history and shaped its culture. How can design support the uniqueness of local cultures while still enabling economic progress?

    • Visit
      Spring 2019
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    Portland, Oregon

    A city with eco-friendly policies and a forward-thinking community. How can design facilitate eco-friendly attitudes and celebrate diverse lifestyles on a large scale?

    • Visit
      Fall 2019
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    San Francisco, California

    In San Francisco, startup and technological innovation has created challenges for residents. How can design support innovation but preserve access for those who may be displaced by socioeconomic change?

    • Visit
      Fall 2021
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    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    A city that’s over 400 years old with a consistent visual design, steeped in Native American culture. How can design mitigate colonialism and empower indigenous peoples?

    • Visit
      Fall 2018
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    Washington, D.C.

    The seat of Federal Government where culture, politics, and daily life coexist. How can design create a more equitable forum for how people govern?

    • Visit
      Spring 2022
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    Zion National Park, Utah

    A compressed National Park that has overcome logistical challenges while preserving the pristine landscape. How can design maintain ecological and cultural resources and still allow non-damaging access for all?

    • Visit
      Fall 2020