Students in the School of Architecture Master of Urban Design program will present at the Civic By Design Forum on July 12, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at Levine Museum of the New South. The students, under the direction of Assistant Professor Ming Chun-Lee, will present proposals on "Building a TRUE College Town through a Complementary 'Town/Gown' Relationship." The event is free and open to the public.
The “college town” - a quintessentially American ideal city form - can provide a high quality of life, both for students of college-age and for faculty, alumni, and retirees who choose to live in these towns. The underlying physical fabric of the town where a college or university resides ought to consist of a set of physical components suitable in supporting “place-making,” which in turn transforms both the town itself and the campus it hosts together into a livable place for all. But what are those components necessary to build a long-lasting town/gown relationship that is beneficiary to both sides?
The Civic By Design Forum on July 12 will present
1. An overview of Charlotte’s University City as a testing ground for the potential role(s) of a student-centered local economy in sustainable urban development;
2. Presentations of proposals focused on envisioning student/community retail centers that would be the “student place” to hang out, socialize, etc.;
3. A discussion on why these centers would have to be welcoming to and supportive of the general community for them to be viable; and
4. Urban design strategies that could transform the University City area into a true college town.
For more information about Civic By Design, please visit the website.