The Integral City Studio is a collaborative project between the New School Urban Collaborative (Parsons design and Milano Graduate Finance Lab students) and Elsewhere, an experimental, living museum and artist residency program in downtown Greensboro, NC. Over the last decade, downtown Greensboro has experienced community vitalization through grassroots and city-led planning, infrastructure, and urban programming initiatives.
This past year, students from our Urban Design, Integrated Design, Interior Design and Architectural Design programs travelled to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Integral City Studio. Over the course of the studio, students engaged with the community through research of cultural hubs and public programming and collaborated with Elsewhere to propose different urban models designed to strengthen connectivity and social connections. Below are some highlights from the studio, from research to design phases.
Research Phase: Students divided into 4 groups and researched Greensboro’s history, keeping in mind factors such as: population and economic shifts, transportation, public space and the different types of buildings that make up the city.
Social Mapping of cultural institutions.
Design Ideas and Proposals: After meeting with city residents and employees, the groups used various media to create proposals geared towards the revitalization of Greensboro’s downtown population.
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