Students at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design have redesigned the Shippingport neighborhood incorporating a variety of new paradigms of urban form meant to serve as inspiration for what’s possible when revitalizing the city. The project was formally unveiled at the end of May at the 21C Museum Hotel where students, professors, and Museum Plaza architect Joshua Prince-Ramus held a critique for interested community members.
Now, the grand model of Shippingport incorporating the student’s proposals will be back on display beginning this Friday, August 28 at the Urban Design Studio on Third Street near Muhammad Ali Boulevard. A reception is planned at the UDS where students and faculty will be on hand to discuss the Shippingport proposal and other new student work.
The event marks the 10th anniversary of the Urban Design Studio, a partnership between UK’s College of Design and U of L’s Department of Urban & Public Affairs. The UDS is currently undergoing a rebranding campaign and plans more interaction with the community through events and displays.
The project is the result of a year long study of the Shippingport neighborhood. Here’s some background on the program and the student proposals from the University of Kentucky:
In fall 2008, students analyzed and made strategic design proposals for the Shippingport area intended to stimulate economic development and bring much-needed jobs. Proposals included developing a complex of business incubators and needed vocational schools, including a culinary school with a restaurant; developing a centralized hospitality complex served by light rail that would tie together the many entertainment “events” hosted by the city; creating a network of pocket parks that connect to the existing Olmsted Park system; and developing a new Green Ford Motor Company Campus where a new line of hybrid and electric products would be designed, developed and built. This past spring, students developed these proposals into design proposals.
For more information about the proposals from the students, Archinect has an interview with architect and studio professor Julien de Smedt of Copenhagen discussing the approach and influences that formed the proposal. We’ll discuss some of the project’s components in more detail later. After the click, I compiled a gallery of photos taken at the May critique at 21C. Be sure to check out the exhibit at the Urban Design Studio if you missed the first showing.