Mingling Dispositions

Jesus Perez-Cortez
Madeline McGill
Sahr Qureishi

DSGN 410 / Fall 2020

The Green New Deal serves as a broader scope plan to dismantle the old and integrate the new, in a system that sees the unseen and acknowledges the unheard. This notion permeates the boundaries of broader topics and finds itself embedded within the everyday. How can we begin to bring forward theinvisible in order to create a context of understanding that dances between the architecture and the lived experience?

Mingling Dispositions is a discovery of the inter and disconnected experiences found revolving around food insecurity within and around the realm of secondary education. It's a narrative exploration and presentation of students and their daily itineraries and encounters. These encounters serve as a lens to understand the larger network of experiences. It is a conscious effort to bring hidden truths to visibility while creating a matrix of converging and diverging human experiences.

POST- STUDIO is a multidisciplinary collaborative studio between architecture and landscape architecture students exploring the relationship between land, justice, climate change, and policy. Post-Carbon, Post-Oil, Post-Spatial Disparity, Post-Anthropocene, Post- <insertproblematique>. The notion of "Post-" implies a future state. In this studio, students are asked to speculate on the future of ongoing current issues that are impacting our communities. One of the most significant national conversations surrounding these concerns is the Green New Deal (GND), which considers the state as an activist force to consider issues of global warming, economic inequalities, and systemic racism/sexism.
The GND is a reference to the New Deal (1933-1939), which was a “series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States responding to needs for relief, reform, and recovery from the Great Depression.” POST- Studio is a participant in the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) sponsored Green New Deal Superstudio, where academic design studios across the country explored critical themes outlined by the recent Green New Deal climate proposal.
Within this framework, the studio asks, what does it mean to be a design activist? And what is the relationship of architecture and land, and how do we, as stewards of the environment, critically respond to ongoing and contentious political discourse? Geographically, this studio focuses on historically redlined areas of Omaha. Through research and designing, students sought to explore the implications of a variety of salient issues considered as part of the Green New Deal, including lead contamination, food access, job training, and community resilience.