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

Alta Sita Physical Context

Planning and Design for Neighborhood Quality of Life

Existing Land Uses, surveyed February, 1999
Map courtesy Team C

Virginia Place and adjacent neighborhoods -- open suburban sense-of-place
Photos Robert Selby

Poss Summer Studio Project - pavilion for Virginia Park
Virginia Park Photos Jeffrey Poss

Mix of housing types - new, old; single and multi-family

Mix of housing conditions - delapidated and active re-modelling

Adjoining industrial complex - some active, some abandoned

Outreach and Neighborhood Condition Survey


Citizen interaction and input into the design process

Part One/Two

Background research, Principles of 
Neighborhood Physical Planning and Design -- Work as Teams

Background research, prototype design solutions based on the research, and world-wide web interface.

The class has worked as teams -- equally staffed with students from the two programs. 
Topics were assigned from the following list - one per group:

Defensibility - perceptions of personal safety/community safety
Liveability - the walkable neighborhood, new urbanism
Legibility - wayfinding and sense of place, paths, nodes, edges
Sustainability - minimizing use of fossil resources, renewability
Cultural identity - historic and significant place/structures
Urban ecology - runoff mitigation, wildlife habitat, reclamation
Environmental equity - polluting sites, access to work
Power and poverty - municipal boundaries, ownership
Community organizing - issue identification, mobilization
Environmental education - activism, curriculum, comm. gardening

Link to Part One/Two web pages

Part Three

Planning and Design for Neighborhood Quality of Life:

Project Master Planning -- 
Work as Teams

Operating principles

Project Definition statement

This project statement will become part of the semester project but you will be free to change the details later as you find new opportunities or have to abandon some of your initial ideas. Candidate project types -- refine, amend or substitute other proposals through discussion with the instructors.

Link to Part Three web pages