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

Part One

Planning and Design for Neighborhood Quality of Life:
Theoretical and practical perspectives

SITE VISIT: Fri Jan 29

Part One:

Background research, Principles of Neighborhood Physical Planning and Design  
Two weeks, 10% of final grade
Week 1.   
Jan 20-Jan 22
Wed Jan 20: Course Introduction  
Background research  
Two weeks, 10% of final grade.
Fri Jan 22: ESL database orientation  
325 Buell Hall, 1::00pm.   
Abhijeet Chavan, 244-6076   
Deanna Koenigs, 333-2939
Week 2. 
Jan 25-Jan 29
Wed Jan 273:00pm   
Project definition and program
Fri Jan 29-Sat/SunSite Visit:     
Depart Temple Buell Hall, 7:00am, return 7:00pm. Saturday or 3:00pm Sunday   
Various sites in East St. Louis.
Week 3. 
Feb 1-Feb 5
Wed Feb 3: Background research due - Presentation boards and posted to FirstClass  
Introduction to Project Definition phase.   
One week, 5% of final grade.

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

Two weeks, 10% of final grade.

The semester's work can be described as a nested set of projects at different scales.  However, the scope and focus of the individual projects has not been defined.  The object of this first phase is to conduct background research, write project definition statements, and develop a timeline/program for the semester work.

We will divide the class into teams -- equally staffed with students from the different programs.  We recommend you consider dividing the responsibilities for this phase of the project.

ASSIGNMENT #1: Background Research

The East St. Louis Action Research Project and the EGRETS map database are excellent tools for helping you start to define your project.  There are numerous other sources of information from Agencies such as the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (US and IL EPA.)  Each semester we commence a project the information landscape has changed dramatically.  Using Internet and Library resources conduct an extensive survey of information germane to your topic.  All the information you gather must be available to the whole class in electronic format.  References to books, articles etc. must be complete and in Chicago Manual of Style format.  Internet references must be provided with accurate URL addresses.  We will discuss format in class but my expectation is that the database you create will go on-line as part of this web site.

We will assign topics 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
Do these things: Include: Wed Feb 3: Background research due - Presentation boards and posted to FirstClass.

SITE VISIT: Fri Jan 29

You will visit East St. Louis and a variety of sites together with UP 378 and Arch 374 students.