Building Community One Structure at a Time: A Partnership between Social Work and Landscape Architecture Students

Kenya M. Cistrunk, Elizabeth Tofte, Juriel Rogers


Experiential learning is invaluable when promoting interdisciplinary approaches to teaching complex issues. This article reports on a five-week collaboration between undergraduate students in social work and landscape architecture courses, project impetus being a common-reading text. Students (n=54) constructed three-dimensional models of children’s playgrounds and prepared academic posters describing restorative interventions based on their service-learning experiences with community partners. Projects were displayed at university-sponsored workshops. Participation in common reading programs has promising implications for interdisciplinary collaboration.


Community engagement, experiential learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, group work

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