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HT1223 - Black Culture / Black Aesthetics: Adapting 10 Principles of Black Design Aesthetic

Course Description
Course information and assignments provide opportunities for investigations within the built environment via a unique focus on the importance of visual language and cultural intervention upon project typologies of varying scales and work scope in response to considerations of social context, site, and program. Adapting 10 Principles of Black Design Aesthetic Investigation will allow the student to study the cultural and historical narratives of a people, as preserved through their architectural heritage and built urban landscapes and to learn to apply that knowledge in contemporary ways that are appropriate and meaningful. Process notation and illustration are critical during the course for each student to evaluate his or her understanding of the content and the materials presented each session.

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Course Outline - BRIEF

This course is designed as an introduction to principles I apply and the application of those principles in generating form and place making of environments.

- By considering these concepts, students will gain the knowledge required to recognize, define, and critique the current conditions of modern architecture, interior design, and urban design one might be better positioned to integrate meaningful elements of black cultural expression in your work.

- Challenges the romantic notion of Euro-centric, Western, values as universal without proper understanding of the legacy and contributions of people of African descent in building communities in Africa and worldwide.

- Will showcase built work and investigate some of the diverse ways in which African and black cultural design concepts have articulated a sense of visual identity within the constructed landscape

- Will evaluate the development of African design from a multi-disciplinary approach, utilizing conceptual and intuitive methodologies and strategies, discuss key theories and persons of impact both detrimental and salubrious.

- Will cover the impact of visual cultural identity in design in academia as well as in practice, in the urban design realm of place making, architecture form making and interior architecture, design, and decorating.

Course Objective

Students will learn to:

- Consider issues of race, culture, economy in the proposing and formulating contemporary design concepts for existing communities of color

- Relate to a variety of social and cultural norms

-Develop an understanding of how culture is a significant component in the development of form and spatial identity

Student Learning Outcomes

Interior designers have a global view and weigh design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio-economic, and cultural contexts.

- Raise student awareness of the social impact of design via multidisciplinary collaboration and direct engagement with local community-based businesses and institutions.

- Understand the importance of, and can analyze precedents to inform design solutions

- Gather appropriate and necessary information, research, evaluate, synthesize, and apply to design

- Generate multiple concepts and/or multiple design responses

- Students understand how design needs may vary in cultural and social groups with different economic means.

Earn a CPDI Africa GSACA Certificate in African Centered Architecture!

  • Complete 3 (three) On Demand / In Person or Video Conference Courses at CPDI Africa GSACA and earn a Certificate in African Centered Architecture.
  • Make sure you have completed and submitted any assignments or research required by the instructor. Some Instructors require instead a group virtual Office Hours meeting with their students, often scheduled to hold once a month.
  • Instructors are also available for additional knowledge sharing during their Office Hours, which are posted by the Instructor in the CANVAS classroom. Some Instructors are also available at your request for individual virtual meetings.
  • Contact your Instructor directly from within your CANVAS classroom, and for additional assistance contact the Registrar at,


$ 150

    Professor Jack Travis
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