Course observation journal #5

Part 1: Worksite For my final course observation journal, I observed the “Arizona Farmers Market” in downtown Phoenix on a Saturday morning in the summer. This market is open every Saturday, year-round, and it is an open-air market where vendors, farmers and other businesses bring various agricultural and craft goods. I think this relates to…

Course observation journal #4

Part 1: Worksite I visited the “Tiny Gym” in Goodyear on Friday for my daughter’s gymnastics practice. At the tiny gym, there was a single instructor, with about a dozen toddlers practicing in the space. Each child was accompanied by at least one family member, with at least two adults accompanying about half of the…

Taliesen West: observation

The most obvious feature from Taliesin West that relates to the class, for me, is the use of the rocks from the surrounding desert (combined with concrete) that form the structural walls of the buildings. Wright was big into organic architecture that was contextualized by its place, and I think that speaks to me in…

Course observation journal #1

Week 1: Palomar Part 1: Worksite I visited Kyrene del “Palomar” this week, to shadow a student as part of my Design Initiatives team’s work with the Kyrene School District. For my time there, I followed a 7th grade student, we’ll call him Sam, and essentially participated in life as a 7th grader for the…

On Wicked Problems

Rittel and Webber (1973) coined the phrase “wicked problems” to describe the kinds of problems that people working in the social sector – particularly government policy planners – deal with, and how those problems are of a different nature and class than those problems that I was tasked to read “Dilemmas in a General Theory…

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