Students and Faculty Collaborate on Redesign for Cleveland Park
viewer.pngCOMMUNITY BOOKLET - CURA REPORT.jpgLast semester Ariah Fine of the Cleveland Neighborhood Association partnered with a team of faculty and students from the Landscape Architecture Department to encourage community members who use Cleveland Park in Minneapolis to envision a new design for the space. Professor Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture, Head) and MLA students Amber Hill and Coal Dorius worked to engage the community around this vision. While working as a Center for Urban and Regional Affairs research assistant, Hill also produced a booklet with research and findings about the process and outcomes of the project.

The first stage of the process involved studying current constraints and opportunities offered by the park space. During the second stage, three parties were hosted for community members at Cleveland Park, where surveys and interviews were conducted for general information, opinions, and feedback. Design ideas were drawn from the information gathered during these community conversations and used in the final proposal

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This semester, Professor Dave Pitt's (Landscape Architecture) class, Creating Landscape Space, will use Cleveland Park and the adjacent development at Penn and Lowery Avenues as study sites for their class project. "A very important part of the syllabus in this course," explained Pitt, "is for students to learn that there is a real world containing real people with whom the design process must be a collaborative process if the ideas generated are to have any lasting value."

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