Flourishing Communities Collaborative (FC2) is an academic lab, committed to community engagement and social outreach. We engage in educating, leading, and serving by working with the community in a range of different settings. We are a multi-disciplinary laboratory whose vision is to leverage the resources at Georgia Tech for the city by building upon the strengths of its neighborhoods. We are guided by the question: How can people be key operators in inspiring and creating new ecological, equitable, and flourishing urban environments and spaces?
Our mission is to educate the leaders for tomorrow’s local and global landscape. We endeavor to:
Director, Julie Ju-Youn Kim AIA NCARB
Managing Director, W. Ennis Parker AIA
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FC2 seeks to lead and serve by:
We are committed to provide an excellent and unique educational experience grounded in design, technology, and professional practice. FC2 seeks to enhance leadership capacity while producing sustainable and creative projects.
We see the Flourishing Communities Collaborative as an innovative 21st century educational model blending the academy and practice.
FC2 is fundamentally rooted in community engagement, social outreach, and education. We offer a platform for students to learn alongside faculty and professionals, much like a teaching hospital. Our students learn the valuable skill of creative listening which leads to creative thinking and making. By bringing the resources we have at Tech to underserved and under resourced communities, we support neighborhoods by providing design services and bringing realizable ideas to them. We engage in educating, leading, and serving by doing urban community projects.
Our outreach efforts are offered via design studios and workshop seminars so our students can earn course credit while gaining invaluable experience working with a larger community. We look forward to establishing internships for students to earn AXP credit while building critical skills in practice.
The specific role of the non-faculty practitioners is to manage, design, and mentor as a consulting professional partner. Paramount to the objectives of our proposal, practitioners help students develop and hone their abilities in clear communication and effective collaboration. These valuable skills build our students’ capacities to be leaders in the profession.
Community involvement is critical. FC2 is committed to working with those communities who would otherwise not have access to professional design services. Past community groups include Better Living Together, and, most recently, the First United Methodist Church in College Park.
Fall 2019: College Park First United Methodist Church
Instructor: Julie Ju-Youn Kim AIA NCARB
Collaborators: W. Ennis Parker AIA (GT); Kyle Reis (Cooper Carry); Cherie Ong (Good Places); and EJ Lee (Good Places)
The class studies the College Park First United Methodist Church property and adjacent site with a focus on pre-design, programming, site analysis, conceptual cost estimating, and initial architectural concept. A team of graduate students in the Schools of Architecture and Building Construction, in collaboration with the College Park First United Methodist Church, Good Places, and Cooper Carry Architects, examined the church campus and adjacent site. Students engaged in a series of creative listening sessions followed up with presentations to the client.
Spring 2019: Social Resilience: Community Center/Post-Disaster Neighborhood Support
Co-instructors: Julie Ju-Youn Kim AIA NCARB and Stuart Romm AIA LEED AP BD+C
This undergraduate architectural design studio explores collaborative work process, simulating professional practice. Students from the Schools of Architecture and Building Construction worked together with a team of faculty and consultants on an international design competition. This partnership leverages cross-disciplinary exposure for our students as they gain first-hand knowledge and experience about holistic design practices.
Spring 2018: Better Living Together – Affordable and Inclusive Housing
Instructor: Julie Ju-Youn Kim AIA NCARB
Better Living Together (BLT) consists of a diverse group of parents, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities in the greater Atlanta area. BLT came together to address a critical need for affordable housing solutions that includes people with intellectual developmental disabilities (I/DD). The BLT Decatur subgroup has engaged with a variety of individuals and groups in Decatur, including seniors, city workers, and residents that also seek affordable housing options.
Spring 2016: Low-Barrier Homeless Shelter
Co-instructors: W. Ennis Parker AIA and Stuart Romm AIA LEED AP BD+C
As a Serve-Learn-Sustain public service pathway course, a team of Georgia Tech Building Construction, Architecture, and Planning students worked with HomeAid Atlanta to turn an abandoned warehouse into a low barrier shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. This graduate level course is a cross-disciplinary workshop collaborating with prominent industry partners to research best practices, create architectural drawings, and deliver a program management plan for the project.