SFI12: Beneficiaries as partners.
Part 2 of 5
The first panel of the day was focused on Partnerships, and kicked off with a review of the SEED award winning Owe’neh Bupingeh project. Project architect Jamie Blosser shared some of the deep research that she did on what phases of the pueblo’s evolving history to preserve, which included documentation of oral histories from elders about the pueblo and GIS mapping with some of the pueblo’s youth.
site photo of Owe’neh Bupingeh project by Atkins Olshin Schade Architects
Next, Peru-based Jorge Alarcon shared the SEED award winning Escuela Ecologica. Alarcon emphasized the value of post-occupancy evaluations and of tracking student experience in new buildings vs the old ones. His American teammate Dan Shaw noted that drawing with the students was a key step in the design process, and a particularly effective way to overcome language barriers. Shaw also reinforced the value of including beneficiaries in design processes by saying: “Just being asked your opinion in a built environment project is empowering.”
Both teams expressed how happy they were to be able to pass skills on to the communities they were serving (and vice versa), particularly with local youth.
April 5’s daily design idea is Bell and Palleroni were right: there are so many non-physical benefits of design!
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