The Evolution of an Urban Design Curriculum in Landscape Architecture and a Community-Based Design Center

Frank Sleegers, John Robert Taylor


This study investigates the evolution of the urban design curriculum at UMass Amherst from 2008 to 2013 that was catalyzed through the genesis of a community-based  design center in Springfield, MA. Four key areas in the context of community service learning as engaged scholarship are assessed. The findings illustrate 1) a positive evolution of teaching quality as the studios engaged community service learning in urban contexts and 2) measurable physical and planning impacts at the municipal and non-profit level.

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