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Thursday, October 15 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Public Interest Design: Case Studies from Academia LIMITED

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This article discusses pedagogical experiences and lessons learned from two public interest design projects accomplished in a design class at the University of Minnesota. Students gained disciplinary and civic benefits while problem solving for the calming room design for Bruce Vento elementary school in inner city St Paul and the mobile TV set for the Imprisoned Show dedicated to advocating for victims of human trafficking with the show producer in Minnesota. The author presents findings and hopes the article will serve as a model for designers and educators interested in community engagement. Overall, these pedagogical experiences illustrate numerous disciplinary and civic benefits of public interest design such as the opportunity to connect with community within the curriculum, application of design knowledge, empathy and the opportunity for reflection. The experience enriched students’ learning and offered them some practical experience of problem solving and critical thinking in real life settings. Students also gained hands-on experience in real life settings.

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Abimbola Asojo

Professor, University of Minnesota
Dr. Abimbola O. Asojo is a Professor at the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Doctorate from University of Oklahoma. She holds a Masters in Architecture: Computing and Design from University of East London, England and Masters and Bachelors in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Her teaching areas are lighting design; architecture design and human factors; computer modeling... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
01 - Rhythms Sheraton Hotel
  • CEU Hours 1
  • HSW/LU LU