Urban Studies and Community Engagement in Ghana
UVA Today’s Jane Ford passes along the following item:
Students are immersed in the life of Cape Coast, Ghana with the U.Va. School of Architecture‘s “Community as Classroom” summer course. The goal of the program is for the students to investigate the cultural, social and spatial potentials of the urban landscape of Cape Coast through the engagement of community.
Nine students – six from U.Va., two from Pratt Institute and one from Columbia University in New York – are being led by U.Va. architecture professor and urban planner Maurice Cox and by U.Va. architecture grad Gina Haney, who has worked extensively in Ghana since 1996 on community-based planning initiatives.
Community-based planning engages local stakeholders to develop long-term economic development plan. Through this design studio-based course, students are developing interventions related to conservation and tourism initiatives associated with the area’s multifaceted history and culture by engaging various community members and organizations and their values with a goal of helping to create economic transformations.
They are chronicling their activities in the “Community as Classroom” blog.