Reimagining Cities - Design Thinking + Tactical Urbanism

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Aug 28

Reimagining Cities – Design Thinking + Tactical Urbanism

August 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Make a mark on your city

Are you an artist, designer, engineer, and creative looking to augment their talent with digital skills to make a mark on your city? Then this course is for you!

This course will help you to:

Solve problems using critical and design thinking and scientific reasoning.

  • Ideate solutions for complex challenges using design thinking and rapid prototyping.

Create strategies that can be implemented to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

  • Research and respond to various social, urban, and infrastructural forces to support their design projects.

Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

  • Design using industry-standard CAD/CAM software and harness advanced manufacturing to build their final projects.

Course Overview

This course teaches the principles of design thinking, advanced manufacturing, and rapid prototyping in the context of shaping public spaces. Ideally suited for artists, designers, engineers, and creatives looking to augment their talent with digital skills to make a mark on their city. The students will learn fundamental design concepts and CAD/CAM techniques and how to apply them to solve urban challenges with alternative creative solutions. At the end of the course, the students will be able to develop and build a three-dimensional prototype of their designs.


If you are a Miami Dade College degree-seeking student currently enrolled in a for-credit course, email Miriam Kohel at to obtain a discounted price.

Course Structure (Lab Hours – Recommended, Fridays: 5-8 p.m)

Week 1: Intro day. Class expectations, software setup, rules, overview, a tour of Makers Lab. Tactical Urbanism Lecture + Project Intro

Lab Hours: Illustrator Workshop

Week 2: Site Visit/Data Collection (Meet in Wynwood)

Lab Hours: Laser Cutting Workshop

Week 3: Design Thinking Charrette Presentation/Tactical Urbanism Precedence

Lab Hours: Fusion360 Slicer Tutorial

Week 4: Materials & Techniques

Lab Hours: Designing for CNC Tutorial

Week 5: Design Concept Presentations + Prototype Due / Critique

Lab Hours: Prototype Development

Week 6: Renderings & Diagram Development

Lab Hours: Project Build

Week 7: Project Build

Lab Hours: Project Build

Week 8: Final Presentations

Lab Hours: Set Up Presentations

Class Structure (180 mins)

Students go over content at home before coming to class

15 mins – Progress check from the previous class
45 mins – Lecture
30 mins – Exercise
15 mins – Break
35 mins – Technical Skill Building
35 mins – Challenge / Project Building
5 mins – Cataloging progress in Sketchbooks
5 mins closure & next steps (Online material to go over before next class, and homework)

In partnership with Moonlighter

Last day to register is August 27!


August 28, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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