CED Faculty are involved in a wide variety of Outreach activities as part of their classes, studios and research. Read below to learn how they are engaging their students in efforts that benefit a variety of community partners.
Tanyard Creek Chew Crew, Athens, GA
Professor Eric MacDonald, MLA student Zach Richardson
The Tanyard Creek Chew Crew is a student-led effort to test the potential of prescribed goat grazing as a sustainable alternative to conventional methods of invasive plant management, and to advance the University of Georgia’s goal of creating a sustainable learning environment. Beginning in Spring 2012, the project improved the ecological function and aesthetic quality of a section of Tanyard Creek, a degraded urban stream corridor within the university campus. The Chew Crew also generated public interest in stream restoration, promoted scholarly interest in the value of ruminants as agents for invasive plant removal, and engaged the university community in the process of improving the stream’s condition.
Food Cart Festival, Athens, GA
Professor Eric MacDonald, Professor Pratt Cassity
An outgrowth of the CED’s CounterSPACE project, the street food festival was designed to raise awareness of the many benefits of mobile food vending for the Athens community. CED “Ideas of Community” students partnered with Law School students in the Land Use Law Clinic to analyze ordinances and work with businesses to promote local food production through designing and executing a Food Cart Festival in downtown Athens. Professor Pratt Cassity led a design charrette with the students to plan the layout of a city block for the festival, including truck bays, welcome gates, planters and raised tables out of reclaimed materials. Following the successful event, editorials and articles circulated discussing the opportunity for food carts in Athens, the role they play economically, and how local ordinances might be rewritten to allow for more food carts in Athens.
Creative Enterprises Garden Master Plan, Lawrenceville GA
Professor Katherine Melcher, LAND 6040
Creative Enterprises, Inc. is a non-profit that focuses on employment assistance for people with disabilities. Job training opportunities are also onsite, including a thrift store, animal shelter, greenhouse, and workshop—all housed in a number of disconnected buildings. Assistant Professor Katherine Melcher took the project on in her “Community and Place” graduate studio, providing a master plan to Creative Enterprises in 2011, and following up with ideas for site improvements in 2013. The results include healing gardens, an outdoor art wall, and accessible design strategies, such as new sidewalks, raised planters and exercise spaces.
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YourTown workshops are produced by the University of Georgia College of Environment & Design under contract with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Additional funds are provided by the Southern Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Humanities Council, and the College of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia.
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CAPPA, a Community Approach to Planning Prince Avenue, was formed as a vehicle to gather information about the users and uses of Athens’s historic Prince Avenue — what works and what doesn’t; what it has now, had then and might have in the future. A diverse population of stakeholders was included in the process and possible design solutions were presented in a visual format to stimulate public comment and/or action.
After months of data collection and public input, over 200 volunteers including design professionals, community leaders, UGA faculty, staff and students, ACC staff and ordinary folks spent hundreds of man-hours in a three-day design charrette led by CED’s Center for Community Design & Preservation converting those facts, opinions and wishes into a series of visual representations.
The images created during the CAPPA process gave graphic expression to the public’s aspirations for the future of Prince Avenue. They are organized by Charrette Team as dictated by the issues facing Prince Avenue according to over 600 responses to our questionnaires — Landscape, Historic Resources, Diversity of Uses (Planning), Urban Design and Transportation.