the URBAN STUDIO
 
 

designing with communities of color

Engage.

 
...advancing design thinking for equitable + sustainable urbanism.
— Our Mission
 
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Now Accepting Applications!

Applications for the 2019 Studio DC program are due August 15th, 2019.

 
 

Our Programs

Our programs are made up of 3 components. Studio DC, Studio South Central, and Studio Digital.

 

studio dc

The Studio DC project will engage 10 high school students 16+ years old in the transformative power of design thinking. Over a 10-week Saturday program, students will become experts in water quality issues impacting their family, neighbors, and friends. The multi-age, interdisciplinary program will be led by design professionals, college students of design, and a variety of volunteer professionals working to help create a more sustainable city. Unlike other youth programs that focus on tactical landscape maintenance and remediation, this program will expose participants to design thinking, the design process, and design careers.
 

Studio south central

The Studio South Central project has engaged 7 youth members between 13-24 years old in the transformative power of storytelling. Over a 7-week Saturday program, students will become experts in using a range of mediums to communicate ideas, which will prepare them for being effective and engaged youth leaders. The multi-age, interdisciplinary program hss been led by active and committed artists and entrepeneurs from South Central Los Angeles, college students of media, and a variety of volunteer professionals working to help create a more just neighborhood and city. This program is exposing participants to a range of mediums that can help communicate design ideas and be comfortable with design thinking, the design process, and design careers.

 
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We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers.
— Glenn Murcutt
 
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Imagine.

Science and history have proven time and again that it is possible to create cultural shifts that lead to systematic change. We aspire to transform how students think and solve problems by connecting them to the technology and design strategies that can help them shape their communities.

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Get Involved

Support our work. Inspiring the next generation of designers and community advocates.

 
 

Sign Up For a Program

Interested in participating in one of our programs…? Click below.

 

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