A course developed by Sara StevensAdam Rysanek, and Kees Lokman has been awarded an honorable mention at the ACSA Course Development Prize in Architecture, Climate Change, and Society.

“Changing Minds for a Changing Climate” proposes that design thinking has the potential to reframe the wicked problem of climate change. Co-taught by a historian, a landscape architect, and a building scientist, weekly structured debates pose provocations based on a set of historical and contemporary episodes and contested landscapes that position the designer in relation to societal change. Students assignments (Debate, Review, Conceive, and Impact) analyze case studies in order to reimagine the relationship between design and climate change. Divided into modules that highlight different perspectives, the class includes lectures, workshops, and collective assignments intended to produce a small exhibition.