In Jordan Young’s Mutations of the American House course, students learn how the single family house has changed over time, the systems that have made it inaccessible to some and the ways in which the single family home has adapted to fit social, economic, ecological and technological needs of different generations. Students also actively engage with current housing-related issues through lectures and projects with community partner Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS).
In engaging with INHS, the students expand their own understanding of the real challenges that the local community faces. In creating the space for students to learn from and challenge conventional approaches to housing, they will be better equipped to develop novel and innovative approaches that better fit the needs of its users.
“In addition to better equipping students with the skills necessary to face the challenges outside of the classroom, I am interested in expanding on the ways in which course work can interface with communities in lasting and meaningful ways.” —Jordan Young