Monthly Archives: November 2011

Timeline

I have developed a proposed timeline for completing my thesis. The process formally started in Fall of 2011 with my enrollment in the pre-thesis course IDUS 763 and will end with my defense planned for August 2012. The timeline is still in draft format as it is subject to change through the process.

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Value Proposition

For citizen, politician and stakeholders of rust belt cities who wish to revitalize and rebuild their communities, this study will provide design solutions and recommendations for growth and opportunities for innovation.

We do this by partnering with citizen through the use of participatory design methods along with implementing scenario-planning tool to craft alternative futures with the goal of discovering opportunities and creating a vision for the future.

Unlike other research addressing rust belt revitalization, which often takes a singular focus and point of view, this study will use the concept of wicked problems as a theoretical framework and lens through which to view the issues in the rust belt communities. The research process, synthesis and analysis will take a holistic approach to finding solutions and empowering community members.

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Abstract – version 1.0

Many of the United States’ once booming industrial communities have been devastated by the migration of manufacturing out of the Northeast and Midwest. The cities of the US rust belt—spanning from Central New York State, through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois—are heading down the path to a bleak future. This thesis will focus on a case study of one such rust belt city, Utica, NY as a way to examine the unique past, present and future problems and opportunities of these communities. The concept of wicked problems will be used as a conceptual framework for the study and the research will take a holistic approach to framing issues and designing solutions. This study will use participatory design methods as a way of collecting data and employ scenario planning tools to craft alternative future scenarios. These scenarios will be the foundation for discovering design opportunities for the Utica area. The results of the study will include media-based narratives of alternative futures and recommendations and a timeline for implementation of design solutions.

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45-hour Review

I presented my thesis proposal to a panel of faculty for my 45-hour review…
I passed!

The 45-hour review is a presentation given by MFA students at SCAD to a panel of faculty. The review takes place at the mid-point of the student’s academic course work. The presentation focuses on the student’s thesis proposal and prospectus.

Presentation

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