In the end, the fellows said, the community groups appreciated the recommendations. In fact, some of these ideas continue to be developed as components of the real-world projects.
Within days the city was working with the Upper Middle Branch group to develop their “outfall labs” concept. (Patel continues to develop the project as part of the course, F&ES 888a/ARCH 4226: Ecological Urban Design
Amber Collett, who is now working as a teaching fellow for the course, also continues to work with Harlem Park leaders to hone her group’s project. Working on the ground in Baltimore, she said, offered a valuable forum to apply theories discussed in the classroom to the community design space.
“It was a big decision for me to leave my job and come back to school, and I only have two years — I want to make the most of it,” she said. “ESI seemed like an incredible opportunity to connect the work I was doing before school with what I’m learning at Yale, and, ultimately, to what I hope to do afterwards.”