Design Connect Presentations May 2nd

Design Connect is excited to announce its Spring 2014 Final Student Presentations on Friday, May 2nd. The Cornell University student organization, which primarily consists of members from the City and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Real Estate departments, aims to connect students and local communities through participatory design and planning projects. By engaging directly with community partners, student teams develop public-interest projects from initial ideas into conceptual designs. Students and participants from four Upstate NY municipalities have been hard at work on a diverse project portfolio, which ranges from designing a community trail to visualizing new development scenarios. Design Connect not only provides students with real-world experience, but it helps communities envision projects that local municipalities often do not have the capacity to take on. Because projects involve extensive public input, community members can put their stamp on the planning and design process from start to finish. Students translate community ideas into visuals each semester at community meetings and the Final Student Presentations event. Spring 2014 projects include:Aurora, NYProject Manager: Gabriel Halili, gch63@cornell.eduStudents are working with officials and residents in the Village of Aurora to conceptualize a community trail that incorporates both natural and historic landmarks. Freeville, NYProject Manager: Taru Ruchi, ft97@cornell.eduBuilding upon a community outreach phase from last fall, students are utilizing stakeholder input to design a park and bus shelter on Railroad St. The design aims to incorporate the Village of Freeville’s railroad history. Waterloo, NYProject Manager: Hobum Moon, hm432@cornell.eduTeam members are assessing a portion of village waterfront property, gathering data, and reviewing sustainable development and design options to enhance the greater Waterloo community.Trumansburg, NYProject Manager: Mujahid Powell, mdp95@cornell.eduBased on current and alternative zoning specifications, students are conducting feasibility analyses on environmentally and socially responsible ways of expanding the Village of Trumansburg’s tax base. If your community is interested in partnering with Design Connect on a planning and design project, we would love to hear from you. Please contact designconnectcornell@gmail.com or visit www.designconnectcornell.com for more information.Design Connect invites the public to attend its Final Presentation of Student Work on Friday, May 2nd at 6 PM in Cornell’s Milstein Hall. Because food and refreshments will be provided, please R.S.V.P. to designconnectcornell@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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