|IV Open Lab|
What is IV Open Lab?
Lead by UCSB professor Kim Yasuda, IVOpenLab is held Fridays 12-3:50 as a project-based, open lecture/lab/seminar/studio/research/learning/teaching environment. The lab is designed to situate participants and research into the Isla Vista community. Weekly Friday gatherings take place in IV, hosting different campus and community members who present, discuss and provide feedback on the range of Isla Vista issues and opportunities. In addition, students taking the course for credit are required to design outside research projects (individually or collaboratively) to present to the community groups at the end of the quarter.
Through the exploration of both public and private spaces in the community of Isla Vista, students and community participants research and propose concepts surrounding local development and stewardship, exploring a range of topics and models in urban planning as well as economic, environmental, cultural and social sustainability.
Students who take the course for UCSB credit develop and execute an IV-centered, "capstone" project, exploring their individual and collaborative research and/or production skills through meaningful and effective community dialogue and engagement.
Participants research a broad range of local history and sites in IV, including but not limited to: residential neighborhoods, housing, parks, parking lots, streets, county-owned buildings, community and education centers, co-ops and food/retail storefronts.
Those living in Isla Vista explore their own residential environments and neighborhood streets/parks as potential settings for research and work. Students also look at models for social programming, including event resource development, planning-execution, county/city ordinance process and other critical infrastructures that support off-site, public arts development.
Outcomes take many forms, from pop-up and public art installations, books, buildings, engineering projects, lighting, poetry, shows, furniture, films and festivals, to name a few. Students present their final projects at various times throughout the quarter in conjunction with other events hosted in Isla Vista. This past Fall, the students of IVOpenLab worked together to launch the successful, Isla Vista First Fridays (IVFF) pilot series, activating IV's public park spaces to host late night art and culture programs. This project continues through the remainder of the academic year.
What is Capstone-Based Project Research?