Apparatus X: Designing an Architecture for Civic Engagement

May 13, 2015

How does formal and informal knowledge, professional training, and experience – embodied and transmitted through the architecture – get to communities in need in order to effect change? Perhaps the answer to this question requires design. Apparatus X is a mobile design/construction studio developed to facilitate the essentials of architectural activism: responsiveness, tools/transmission, and the establishment of relationships where knowledge sharing, design and engagement occur. Three physical spaces designed into the mobile unit are key to success: tooling workshop, design studio, and relatable space open to public. With a prepared physical presence, the activist architect can engage in design activities and tasks WITH the community rather than FOR the community.

Aaron Wertman (Pennsylvania State University)
Marcus Shaffer (Pennsylvania State University)
James Kalsbeek (Pennsylvania State University)
Presented at: 
2015 AIA / ACSA Intersections Symposium
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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