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|Community Design Workshop in West Columbus, Fall 2012|
Service-learning courses help students understand the ways in which their design decisions shape and are shaped by societal values. Service-learning courses promote engagement and reflection, activities central to beneficial and sustainable university/community relationships. A key component of service learning is structured reflection. Therefore, a key part of this course was student’s reflections on their work and experiences.
As part of the outreach and engagement component students and faculty held design workshops and outreach activities in the community. The design workshops were open to the general public and their participation was crucial. The main objective of the community design workshops were to get to know local citizens, their needs and concerns, and future views for the neighborhood.
The objectives of the community outreach and design workshops included (1) obtaining local perspectives of sustainable development,
(2) providing vehicles for public participation in the planning and design process, (3) identifying design elements that contribute to enhancing
the quality of life, and (4) educating and informing local interests about the program. The design workshops provided opportunities for participation by members of the local community, and it was intended to be an extensive exercise in participative planning and design.
The class first investigated the larger urban context(s) of the neighborhood through precedent studies, data collection, mapping studies, and analysis; based on the investigations, the class focused on a design plan for the revitalization of the proposed study area and strategic locations. The group investigations were guided by readings in urban studies community participation, geography, sociology, ecology, design, and economics. Seminar guest lecturers included community leader, landscape architects, architects, urban designers, nonprofit t organizers, public artists, and city officials.
The studio project was dived into five different phases and each phase builds upon those that precede it. The intention was to provide proposals that offer opportunities to reinvigorate the area in a way that reinforces the existing neighborhood; suggesting standards for future development:
Phase I: Visual Survey, Analysis and Asset Mapping
Phase II: Analysis and Mapping: Secondary Source Information and Trends Analysis
Phase III: Community Design Charrette,
Phase IV: Urban Precedents and Concept Plan and Identity Formation
Phase V: Programming, Planning and Design Strategies for Implementation
This Book summarizes the projects that students and faculty in the community design studio Larch 4960/CRP 4910 undertook during the fall semester of 2012. We acknowledge all those all those who have participated in the development of this community project “Creating Sustainable Strategies for West Columbus.” Without their vision, dedication, and valuable time this publication would not been possible. This publication was produced in a spirit of collaboration and team work by members of the Landscape Architecture and City And Regional Planning undergraduate programs and faculty at the Knowlton School of Architecture.
-- Community Design Studio , Fall 2012
Final Report PDF : This publication is made possible through funding from The Weston Vision Board Members. (Click image to access report )
The Three Networks: (click on maps to see larger version)
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Trail Spine + Safe Street Corridors
The first goal represents the flexibility that the trail should provide for everyone who uses it. Whether it is the avid cyclist traveling along the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, or the casual rider moving across town, the pedestrian using the trail for exercise, or the business person traveling to work, this trail should be user friendly for all. This is accomplished through the two-part path system that incorporates various path materials. The first, a paved section, offering cyclists and pedestrians a smooth hardened trail surface. The second, a softer and more permeable surface, offering a place for users who want a softer surface to walk or run on.
Team Members: Joshua Carlson and Daniel Schmitkons
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Camp Chase Green Network
Team Members: Derek Kuryla and Adam Mitocky
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West Columbus Land Use Strategies
Team Members: Matt Bond and Chris Laster
The landscape architecture team would like to thank the residents of South Linden who aided in our study of the neighborhood. We also want to thank The Office of Outreach and Engagement at OSU and The Columbus Foundation for its support in funding this publication.
Final Report PDF link: Graphics Team: Justin Barker, Annie Bergelin and Justin Robbins
Note: This section is still under construction more content will be added
|Weinland Park Context, Fall 2010|
Weinland Park represents a community of approximately 4,700 (2008) individuals, and 950 families (50% female headed), residing in an area east by southeast of the Ohio State University. It is quite a heterogeneous community in that it includes a substantial University-linked population as well as a local, predominantly African American, community. Connected with economic decline and divestment, Weinland Park has experienced a 30% population loss from 1970-2008, a decrease in homeownership (8% in 2008), and an increase in vacancy (25% in 2008). In general, the community population is quite mobile and youthful, with fully 43% being between ages 15 and 29, and an additional 25% under age 15. High levels of transience have had detrimental effects on local-school systems, have allowed for the establishment of illegal drug markets and gang activity, instilled fear of crime among residents, and reduced the likelihood that informal social control would operate. Indeed, Weinland Park has a violent crime rate many times higher than the larger Columbus community. The Weinland Park community does not rank well with regard to social and economic indicators. Compared to the Columbus community, those in Weinland Park are less likely to access health services. Further, they are more likely to be unemployed, living below the poverty level, and receiving welfare benefit ts; and they are less likely to have graduated from high school. Additionally, elementary and high school students are less likely to excel in school. This typically disadvantaged population represents the population component at the core of revitalization and research efforts.
The goals for our studio was to thoroughly research and understand the neighborhood of Weinland Park and its context, and then, based on this understanding, envisions alternative design scenarios for the site interface and its residents. While large-scale urban design and planning issues were examined, this studio emphasized physical and social aspects of urban design, and culminated in proposals for specific c site plans and design details that relate back to overall strategic design and planning ideas including but not limited to four themes: (1) open space and recreation, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) access to fresh food, and (4) green infrastructure.
|Video assessment and introduction by Thomas Heban MLA|
DESIGN WORKSHOP AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The class organized a design workshop (charrette) that provided an opportunity for participation by members of the local community, and it was intended to be an extensive exercise in participative planning and design.
“Weinland Park Community Design Workshop: Designing for People and Place” Design Workshop for the Weinland Park neighborhood
The Ohio State University Landscape Architecture Team of graduate landscape architecture students led by Professor Jesus J. Lara held a design workshop for the Weinland Park Neighborhood and was facilitated by Professor Deborah Georg. The design workshop took place at the Schoenbaum Family Center on Saturday October 30th, from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
The design workshop was open to the general public and their participation is crucial. The main objective of the landscape architecture team was to get to know local citizens, their needs and concerns, and future views for the neighborhood. The design workshop resulted in a preliminary vision for the future of the neighborhood. Target areas include but are not limited to four themes: (1) open space and recreation, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) access to fresh food, and (4) green infrastructure.
The objectives of the design workshop included (1) obtaining local perspectives of sustainable development, (2) providing vehicles for public participation in the planning and design process, (3) identifying design elements that contribute to enhancing the quality of life, and (4) educating and informing local interests about the program. The design workshop provides an opportunity for participation by members of the local community, and it is intended to be an extensive exercise in participative planning. The purpose is primarily to gather information from groups of people whose ideas and opinions would be valuable to the process of establishing design guidelines. The design workshop is an excellent tool for gathering information during the design process.
Following the design workshop, the team returned to Ohio State University to refine and further develop the design proposals. It is expected that the final workshop proposal would be significantly altered and improved; it still would represent the original intentions conceived in Weinland Park. Throughout the remaining academic quarter, the continuously evolving proposals were reviewed by the Weinland Park civic association, local residents, developers, professional designers and academics in order to ensure the highest possible quality. This finished document represents a summary of the complete design proposal and intends to be a useful tool for the residents of Weinland Park.
SCOPE OF WORK
As part of the design process for Weinland Park Strategic Neighborhood Vision it is crucial to learn about the area’s physical form and visual character, the Landscape Architecture team has begun by researching the way people understand the structure, identity, and appearance of Weinland Park through a Visual Survey/Asset Mapping, in addition there will be small group discussion with members of the local community. The purpose of these small group discussions is primarily to gather information from local groups of people whose ideas and opinions would be valuable to the process of establishing design guidelines. .
Weinland Park neighborhood plan:
Methodology: interviews and small group discussion
Note: (Given the available data from previous surveys, the nature of the interview questions and group discussion during the meeting with the community meeting will focus on the design specifics of: individual residents, landowners/stakeholders, and getting ideas that will contribute to the development of themes/concepts for the Strategic Neighborhood Plan).
Sample Interview Questions: (more questions will be added after a class group discussion, but the number of questions will not exceed 4 to 6 in order to allow time for interactive group discussion and encourage participants to draw their ideas).
Participatory Resource Mapping
Methodology: Sketch mapping and subsequent transfer to topographic map
Staged resource mapping has its roots in cognitive mapping, participatory research methods and new development in geographic information systems. It is a method that allows community members to identify, locate and classify past and present resource occurrence, distribution, use, tenure and access, and to reveal the significance the participants attach to them.
SUMMARY: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
This Book summarizes the projects that students and faculty in the graduated landscape architecture studio Larch 750 undertook during the autumn quarter of 2010. We acknowledge all those all those who have participated in the development of this community project "Designing for People and Place." Without their vision, dedication, and valuable time this publication would not been possible. This publication was produced in a spirit of collaboration and team work by members of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Team and faculty at the Knowlton School of Architecture.
The landscape architecture team would like to thank the residents and business owners of Weinland Park who aided in our study of the neighborhood. We also want to thank The Columbus Foundation for its support in funding this publication.
Final Report PDF link: Graphics Team: Nick Gotthardt, Jamie Pujol, Jack Rosenberger, Sarah Von Lehman
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The strategic visioning of the Morse Road has been a rewarding and challenging educational exercise. It has taught us the importance of qualitative observation, qualitative research, community outreach and engagement, and fi nally synthesizing information to create a comprehensive vision. We learned how to work in teams, communicate effectively and complete tasks in a deadline based setting. We also gained experience with writing, graphics and public presentation of materials.
It has been rewarding to get to know members of the Northland Community. We would like to thank the Northland residents and Helping Hands for welcoming us to the neighborhood. We would also like to thank United Way of Central Ohio and The Columbus Foundation for
being great supporters of the Northland community and our student studio.
Authors + Graphic Designers: Brian Kinninger + Nicki Martin
-- Community Design Studio , Spring 2014
Final Report PDF : This publication is made possible through funding from The Columbus Foundation and United Way of Central Ohio(Click image to access report )
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|Linden Community 2015||Morse Corridor 2014|
West Columbus 2012
|Linden Village 2011|
|Weinland Park 2010|
Community Design Studio Generated Reports:
To meet our course objectives, the class engaged in a parallel process called service-learning with our community partners in Weinland Park. Service learning helped students to "gain a deeper understanding of course objectives in the context of civic life." In addition, the class organized a design workshop (charrette) that provided an opportunity for participation by members of the local community, and it was intended to be an extensive exercise in participative planning and design. The purpose was primarily to gather information from groups of people whose ideas and opinions would be valuable to the process of establishing design guidelines.