Fabricating Urbanism

Student: Erin Montwill

Design 10: 5th Year Studio with Professor Jane Clark

This urban design studio was offered as an alternative to the 5th year thesis studio. Erin rigorously pursued the idea that she could statically analyze a series of good and bad neighborhoods in Philadelphia to come up with a recipe for the perfect Philadelphia neighborhood. Over the course of a semester, she did such an immense amount of research and analysis that it was almost impossible to present her work in the 45 minutes she was given at her final review. She and I decided that she needed to design a graphic language that would clearly and visually code her ideas. This language would allow her to present many drawings that could be read in an instant. The clarity of her graphic work was the key to successfully communicating her ideas and having a meaningful and constructive review.