The Graduate School of Design will begin a new program next semester to allow students to gain practical experience in their fields of study.
The "Urban Field Service" will be the first program in Design School history to give students a chance to work outside the University. It will be open to advanced students from all three departments of the Design School and the Urban Planning Program. Students will work on community planning, architectural design, and landscape architecture under the supervision of professionals in three of four projects around Boston.
The director of the new program, Chester W. Hartman '57, assistant professor of City planning, said the Madison Park Area in Roxbury might be the site for one of the planning projects. "I do not want the projects to be limited to just those poverty areas where people assume the need for aid in planning," he said.
Hartman said there has been general discontent in the Design School over the relevancy of learning accomplished only through models in the studio. "I hope this will help to solve the problems facing the more socially and politically aware students in the field," he said.