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Friday: The students of ARCH372/LA338 gave presentations to the neighborhood residents during the lunch hour. Then the students and staff divided and worked on various different projects like the landscaping of the Bride if Christ, downloading software and trouble shooting at EPDC Youth Build and cleaning up the farmers market.
Saturday: Again students and staff divide in groups and worked on different projects. Brian with some students completed the landscape work at Bride of Christ and then did clean up at Virginia Park. Varkki worked on expanding the NTAC network and fixing computers. Others worked on the Smoke-out project at the Emerson park.
Some images from the work weekend
Eslarp's annual retreat happened on 27th April at the Anita Purves Nature Centre. All participants were asked to complete the SWOT or the strength, weakness, opportunities and threats for the ESLARP project.. The results of these individual SWOT's were combined into broad headings that made the structure of the agenda for the retreat.
One decision that came out of this early SWOT was that we needed to focus on concerns for the near future and hold off on long-term decisions at this point due to time constraints.
The focus of the class this semester was on the Alta Sita neighborhood of East St. Louis and an east-side neighborhood in Springfield.
Five student groups worked on elderly housing projects in Alta Sita while the one group working in Springfield had a broad approach to Neighborhood revitalization as the goal for their final project.
The Alta Sita groups' final designs can be seen at:
While each group came up with a different design solution all projects reflects the main concerns expressed by residents such as:
Please visit the sites above to see the design proposals and learn how they reflect residents' needs for elderly housing.
The Springfield team had a very different assignment than the rest of the class in that their scope of work was much broader. The result of this groups' work is therefore a master plan for the neighborhood and designs for the following areas:
Due to the broad scope of this groups work the details of the designs are not as developed but the final product gives residents an overall vision to work towards in their neighborhood.
A farewell gathering was organized at the City of New Orleans bar as a farewell to Prof. Kenneth Reardon who is leaving the University of Illinois and ESLARP project to join the Cornell University. Prof. Kenneth Reardon was one of the founding members of ESLARP.
Prof. Varkki George, who works with the East St. Louis project recently received the campus award for innovation in undergraduate instruction using educational technologies.
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Document author: Nidhi Tomar
Last modified: 6 April 2000, Nidhi Tomar