As the Gateway Initiative enters its fifth semester, the Practice Department is excited to bring 17 new and continuing Gateway projects to the BAC community.
Our collection of diverse and exciting community partners builds on ongoing relationships with the Boston Redevelopment Authority [BRA], the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, the Roxbury Community Cultural Arts Center, the Division of Capital Asset Management, Department of Neighborhood Development, and internally at the BAC. Additionally, we're forging new relationships with organizations like the Friends of Cochituate State Park, Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, the Hosmer School, Transition House, Chestnut Hill Waterworks Museum, and the PJ Kennedy School. In collaboration with these community partners, our students learn through doing, by connecting with teaching firms, by developing robust research on real-world design problems, and through interdisciplinary teamwork.
As always, three threads run through and tie together our Fall 2012 Gateway projects, both to each other, and with past projects: the truly interdisciplinary nature of projects; the intentional, collegial collaboration among academic departments and the Practice Department to develop robust learning outcomes; and a continuing commitment to our students, clients, collaborative partners, and faculty to continue to build capacity through BAC's service learning incubator.
With the Gateway Initiative, the Practice Department continues to support and encourage service learning and community responsibility, developing designers who experience, engage, think, and do.