Building a TRUE college town – from the students’ perspective

collegetownwebHow can we transform University City into College Town? Students in UNC Charlotte’s Master of Urban Design Program spent their spring 2016 semester exploring ways to create places near campus where both students and the broader community will want to “hang out.” Get details tonight, July 12, at 5:30 pm – at the Levine Museum of the New South.

The students are guests of the museum’s monthly Civic By Design Forum, created more than a decade ago to get people talking to each other about civic design issues that are shaping Charlotte’s history today.

Under the direction of UNC Charlotte Assistant Professor Ming-Chun Lee of the School of Architecture, students have examined the potential for future urban growth near the main UNC Charlotte campus and ways to shape that growth so that it serves both students and the thousands of people who live and work nearby.

University City Partners and local designers, including members of the Shook Kelly firm, provided support for the students’ research.

 

What you will hear

Tuesday’s program will include:

  • An overview of University City as a testing ground for the potential role of a student-centered economy in sustainable urban development.
  • Proposals for student/community retail centers that would be the “student place” to “hang out” and socialize.
  • A discussion on the importance of having centers that also welcome and support the general community.

 

Urban design strategies needed to create University City’s College Town

Among the students’ ideas to help achieve their goals:

  • Increase connectivity around campus and between campus and nearby.
  • Create Urban areas that bring retail, culture and a higher quality of life to both students and the surrounding community’s members.

Can student work help shape University City? Lee says that it’s rare for a city to take a student group’s ideas and implement them – but there are some examples. For instance, Seattle incorporated several ideas generated by urban-design students at the University of Washington when the city revised its South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan.

 

Forum details

  • Time and date: 5:30-6:30 pm today, Tuesday, July 12.
  • Location: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. in uptown Charlotte. Directions
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Free parking is available at the Seventh Street Station parking deck, next to the museum (get your parking ticket validated at the museum). Directions
  • Learn more: civicbydesign.com

0 Comments


Receive Up to Date News


Receive Economic Development News


View Past Newsletters


View Post by Category


Press Releases

Meet Jordan Harris

This month, UCP welcomed Jordan Harris as the Director of Community Development and Outreach. With over a decade of community relations experience in various roles, most recently serving as the associate director of community relations at UNC Charlotte. In her new...

We’re Back…with a Vision!

University City Vision Plan – Connecting: People. Places. Nature. The growth and development being realized in University City is nothing short of transformational.  Major investments in transportation and mobility infrastructure, thousands of new rooftops, new...

University City launches Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadow

By Azania Herron University City Partners, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens and North Carolina Native Plant Society have partnered to install Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadows, a community native plant project in University City. On April...

New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

University City Partners announces the opening of University City Farmers Market on Oct. 3 around the lake at The Shoppes at University Place. Shoppers will find fresh local produce, food preparation programs and live entertainment. Open every Saturday in October The...

University City Wine Fest to Offer Socially Distanced Activities

New This Year: Wine on the Water and a Boutique Dining Experience.  Greystar University City Wine Fest will return this fall at multiple locations around the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. The fourth annual festival will take place from September...

Where Will They Play?

We need more parks now – YOU CAN HELP A crisis caused by Charlotte’s explosive growth and government inaction threatens one of the most important assets of every truly livable city – public parks.   A recent nationwide study revealed that Charlotte has the least...

Meet our new intern, Haley Chilcott

Haley Chilcott is our new Marketing Communications Intern here at University City Partners. Haley is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation...

Processing...
Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.
Recieve Our University City Newsletter!
Why not have the latest news come right to your inbox?
ErrorHere