The Urban Wilderness Project
This course was developed at the request of the Camping & Education Foundation (CEF), a local non-profit organization that aims at "bringing the woods to inner-city kids." Students worked directly with CEF experts to develop actionable strategies for engaging local inner-city children in outdoor leadership opportunities. Outcomes included youth program proposals and concepts for new facilities which were instrumental in gaining approval from the Cincinnati Park Board to establish a permanent presence in Burnet Woods.
Standard Textile Challenge
This Inquiry to Innovation course was conducted with corporate partner Standard Textile to support interdisciplinary teams of students in developing a new approach to addressing energy efficiency, privacy, and functionality for the windows of the future. A research and development engineer from the company led the teams through design and patenting processes to produce four proposals, two of which were selected for cash awards and further development.
Cincinnati Bell and BHDP on the Future of Work
In this trans-disciplinary course students addressed the changing social and professional needs of the modern workplace in the context of an ongoing revolution in technology which demands supportive settings for innovative knowledge-generating workers. The collaboration was initiated by corporate partners Cincinnati Bell and BHDP Architects to address concerns about future workforce development for a growing company and to define trends in the evolution of the workplace to position this architecture firm as a market leader in office design.