EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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February, 2000

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LA 338/ARCH 372 SPRING CLASS

This joint studio with architecture and landscape design students is working on two different projects, the ESLARP and Illnios-Springfeild COPC. The primary focus of the group working for ESLARP would be on the Alta Sita neighborhood and on housing scale proposals for the citizens with appropriate responses to the constraints of existing site and neighborhood conditions. The group working for Springfeild COPC would developing a proposed "image" for an 21 block area in Springfield.

 

RENEWAL OF FUNDING TO NTAC

The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center in East St. Louis is happy to announce their recent award of $120,000 from the East St. Louis Enterprise Community and $30,000 from St. Clair County. These funds for the year 2000 will help the NTAC continue providing high-quality technical assistance to the over 60 partnering non-profit organizations in Alorton, Brooklyn, Centreville, East St.Louis and Washington Park. Many thanks go out to the dozens of individual residents who supported our efforts though their letters of support, phone calls and encouraging words. Also, many thanks to St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department, the Enterprise Community Steering committee and CDBG for their confidence in the NTAC and their ongoing support of community development in their confidence in the NTAC and their ongoing support of community development in the East St. Louis metro area.

 

ESLARP ASSISTS SPRINGFIELD PROJECT

ESLARP, Landscape Architecture and Architecture studio (LA 338/Arch 372: Collaborative Studio) has been hired as consultants for the Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) at the University of Illinois at Springfield this semester. The Springfield COPC is interested in learning about our participatory approach and have requested that we work in a small 21 block neighborhood on the Near East side of Springfield. Student group has completed the neighborhood condition survey and have attended a neighborhood meeting. We are currently planning a major outreach effort and a resident survey with assistance of U of I Springfield students.

A daylong neighborhood Workshop will be conducted with activities ranging for cognitive mapping exercise to developing design ideas for addressing neighborhood crime and identity issues. Later, the students will develop a design proposal for implementation in the neighborhood. The student will participate in monthly meetings with the residents and get feed back on their work throughout the semester.

 

 

ESLARP FEATURES IN PUBLICATIONS

Town & Gown: Making Research Serve Communities Needs By Miriam Axel-Lute Shelterforce Magazine - November/December, 1999 Research is often seen as an elite activity, but across the country community groups are learning to use it as a tool for neighborhood change, often radically shifting their relationships with academia in the process.

http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/108/axellute.html

Center in East St. Louis COPC Central Newsletter - Fall 1999 The universities and colleges involvement, the COPC(community outreach partnership centers)is being recognized as an essential catalyst in economic development and increased neighborhood investment

http://www.oup.org/pubs/copcfall99.pdf

 

ESLARP IN PORTO ALEGRE AND SAO PAULO

This fall Ken Reardon was invited to participate in an unique north-south conference in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, Brazil which brought together citizen activists, professional planners and progressive municipal officials involved in participatory approaches to community planning and design. Read a more detailed account at:

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Document author(s) : Nidhi Tomar, Deanna Koenigs
Last modified: 8 February 2000, Nidhi Tomar
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