Studio Experience: City and Regional Planning

Studio Experience: City and Regional Planning


The studio experience is a real-world
application that you work on a real project with real clients, and you have that opportunity to work on a project for an extended period
of time. The goal of the studio is to provide a comprehensive vision for the future of the Morse Road corridor. So we took the three issues that they sort of pinpointed during community meetings: inactivity, livability, and safety. We use qualitative analysis, quantitative
analysis, community outreach and engagement process, and then finally, and then finally, a design charrette, in order to produce this long term vision for the corridor. It’s extremely
helpful when people come into the classroom,
whether they are from the community, whether they’re professionals in the planning field, everything they contribute affects the way we view the project. The first outreach program we did was we met with community and it was all the stakeholders, so we
met with them and they told us what their needs were. Hearing from people in the community
changed our total vision because, initially,
what we thought going into the meeting is something totally different, well not
completely different, but different than what we we came out of the meeting with, so what their core assets were as far as community center, where they go after
work, you know things that are important to
them within the community. It gave a better indication of where we should focus and what we should focus on instead of
what we think we should focus on. We brought professionals in that would
help guide, so we had a whole day where we just sat down at tables and we just started drawing,
envisioning, trying to incorporate those ideas of safety, lighting, access to parks, schools, and all of this and we just sat down just starting belting out ideas. It was a pretty fun process. The final presentation was an opportunity for us as a studio to present our final project and our final
document. The vision started small, but it, basically, the more information we found
out from people who live there in our own research, it built into something bigger and something a little more cohesive as
far as a design concept. We just, we try to give them a good image of where they can go and we gave them short term things, things that
they could start tomorrow, and then we gave them things that it would take 20-30 years down
the road to really achieve those goals. The steps we go
through in the studio are the same that you would go through if some developer put out a request for a proposal. So you get that job experience and can hopefully utilize them in an interview to land a job. Biggest thing is we’ve gone out there and talked to professionals and that alone, we start networking ourselves, they remember our faces, they remember what projects we’ve worked on. I’ve gotten a lot of experience from it, this
been one of my best experiences in the program. In the Morse Road Studio, students and
faculty were really working on a vision from one particular community about how it was going to develop over time, in terms of the urban form, how it’s going to look, how it’s going to feel. Studios, though, have lots of
different topics. We could have a studio about
transportation, about making a district green, about the
economic viability of a particular piece of property, about land use decisions. It’s about
envisioning a future in many different areas for many different kinds of people.

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