Tuesday, August 4, 2015

2016 studio course seeking clients for creative placemaking

By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Urban design and landscape architecture -- that is, the shaping of design of outdoor spaces -- can make a big impact on your creative placemaking efforts.

If you are interested in free or low-cost landscape architecture or urban design strategies, please consider becoming a client for an upcoming studio course of the Rutgers University Landscape Architecture program.  The course runs from January through May 2016, and this offer is available to communities within 90 minutes of travel to New Brunswick, NJ.

Free urban design support will be available to several communities that begin community coaching by January 2016.  Community coaching is a unique 6-9 month program that helps communities build sustainable plans and leadership for creative placemaking. Through this program, Creative Teams in New Jersey and Louisiana have developed several projects, changed local laws, attracted new investment, and created new partnerships.

The communities will receive support on a first come-first served basis. The number of clients depends on the number of students in the course.

Communities that want other landscape architecture or urban design services can receive them for a reasonable fee.

Please note that while students in the studio course will be expected to respond to their clients' requests and interests, they will be given the freedom to present their ideas as they see fit. Clients can get additional services after the studio course for a reasonable fee.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact the studio course instructor, NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez.