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Practice : Spring 2012
The Gateway Initiative capitalizes on the BAC’s lega cy of c ommunity engagement and service learning by forming invaluable partnerships b et ween students, c ommunity non-profits and design profe ssiona ls. The unique combination of skills learned through hands-on experience, combined with traditional classroom time, provides st udents with the ability to bec ome leaders , critical thinkers and innovators. Each Gate way Project is made up of a multidisciplinary team of students and one or more BAC faculty members. The tea ms vary in size, as projects vary in scope, and each team is formulated by members of the Practice Fac ulty considering the needs of the community client, while understanding that students learn from the project, a nd from eac h other. A cross- disciplinary approach en able s students from the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, L andscape Architecture, a nd Design Studies to work together to envision and to engage in problem-solving scenarios that students might not e xplore through studios or profe ssiona l environments. Since 2008, the Gate way Initiative has participated in doz ens of internationa l and national design competitions. Two student teams recently participated in t he Schoolde signer.com’s School Design c ompetition. Glenn Hoffman and David Eccle ston, Director of Practice Instruction, worked with students to satisf y the competi- tion’s goal of ele vating the overa ll quality of school de sign worldwide , by designing a K–5 elementa ry school that aligned student lea rning with raising environmenta l c onsciousne ss within the school c ommunity. A student tea m con sisting of Bachelor of Architecture students Jahim Basker ville, Delia Gott and David Han sen, with Bachelor of Design Study student Chris McIntosh, placed third in the NOMAS design competition, Building Community Through “The Mov ement.” The program c al led for the design of a transit village su rrounding an existing metro station in Atlanta that would highlight the neighbor- hood ’s e xtensive history surrounding the nation’s civil rights movement. The tea m’s third place winning design promoted strong c onnections with the neighborhood a nd city, while creating a sustainable ec onomic and environmenta l plan. While the Gate way Initiative ha s evolved, the number of interested community and municpal orga nizations ha s incre a sed. A cross-disciplinary approach enables students from the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Design Studies to work together. Gateway Initiative Urban Agriculture site Before Fair Housing Center Off Grid-Grid Building by Building Block by Block Communit y by Community PRACTICE 30 FEATURE] GATEWAY INITIATIVE