This document lays out the two types of work that the students undertook over the course of six months: the creation of overarching planning guidelines and the development of architectural proposals for specific sites in Paradise.
The planning work was a group effort lasting about five weeks. In small teams at first, the students did research on the town, as well as some historical planning precedents. Later, they came together to establish explicit goals and an armature for the town’s reconstruction.
Following the initial phase, the students – working alone – chose project sites and building types, which they then began to develop in “comprehensive” fashion: integrating various systems – structures, environmental response, and materials – into their designs. They continued this work for the remainder of the two quarters, about 15 weeks in all.
Macdonald, Kent, "Paradise Redux" (2019). Project Description and Assignments. 1.