ESLARP East St. Louis Action Research Project
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Research

LA 338/Arch 372 Collaborative Studio, 2000

Master planning and community design in two different Illinois cities

 
    youth activities         revitalization employment
community center
cultural resources   livability


Class Products
Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four
Part One
Research - 1
Part Two
Research - 2
Part Three
Site Analysis and Massing
Part Four
Final Designs
Site Context ESL presentation Questions for residents

Links EGRETS Old map archive
movies by Jassen Site A video Site A environs Site B video

Since 1990 ESLARP has completed several master planning studies in partnership with neighborhood action groups in East St. Louis.  This semester we focus on the Alta Sita neighborhood and on siting and green space development issues associated with housing plans at scales ranging from neighborhood-wide strategic plans to green space design associated with particular housing layouts.

Our goal is to communicate creative, feasible and responsible solutions to the constraints of existing site and neighborhood conditions, in order to achieve the best quality of life for future residents.


Collaborators:
Architecture 372, Prof. Kathryn Anthony, School of Architecture
Landscape Architecture 338, Prof. Brian Orland, Department of Landscape Architecture

All studio work will be conducted in interdisciplinary groups of Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.  You may not choose your projects within the studio at this time - that will be done after some preliminary exercises and at the discretion of the instructors.
Class meets 1:30-5:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - Room 325/319 Temple Buell Hall.
Note:  The new start time is to accommodate a change in Architecture's class schedule.


1.    East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP)

Since 1990 ESLARP has completed several master planning studies in partnership with neighborhood action groups in East St. Louis, most recently an Emerson Park Development Corporation (EPDC) initiative to site 200 new housing units to take advantage of a new light rail station starting construction in Emerson Park. (ESLARP Update here), and in Alta Sita, LA338-Spring '99

LA338-Spring '99 focused on the siting and green space development issues associated with housing plans at scales ranging from city-wide strategic plans to green space design associated with particular housing layouts.  Our proposal this semester is to focus on the Alta Sita neighborhood and on housing scale proposals to illustrate the various options available to citizens both in making appropriate responses to the constraints of existing site and neighborhood conditions, and in achieving satisfying and enhanced quality of life for future residents.  We will focus on sustainability as a design guide and generator.  LA341 has this semester used CITYGreen, an extension of ArcView, to make comprehensive analyses of environmental beenfits of green development (/la/LA341-F99/notes/p11cgex.htm).  This class will build on that preliminary work.  All work will be produced and presented electronically via a class web-page.


2.    University of Illinois-Springfield COPC

UI-S has a project very similar to ESLARP, but no School of Architecture or Department of Landscape Architecture.  We have been asked to work with them on developing a proposed "image" for an 18-block area in Springfield.  They have collected comprehensive neighborhood data and are looking for a highly visual and evocative image of what this once-vibrant meighborhood could become.

This will be a small team of probably only four total, with an RA assigned as project liaison.  Work will invlove traditional as well as new media such as extensive Photoshop use.  We anticipate developing a web-page and illustrated brochure as part of this project.


Grade:

70% on group design work
30% on in-class participation.

Evaluation:

A, B, C, etc letter grades with +/-.

Refer to the departmental guidelines on the outline page for detailed explanations but we regard good work as "B" work. "A" is reserved for truly outstanding work, "C" is adequate and "D" is below our expectations for you.

Attendance:

... is critical.  Unexcused absences will earn a  5% deduction from your grade for each one.


LA338/ARCH372, Spring 2000
 

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