CNU Illinois and Students for New Urbanism Host Pop-Up Design Studio

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CNU Illinois and the Illinois Chapter of Students for New Urbanism hosted a successful Pop-up Urban Design Studio last week in Chicago. The studio gave students the opportunity to experience a peer-led charrette followed by collaboration with professional designers and planners. The selected site for re-design was a brownfield site in Rockford, Illinois. The site was located near part of the Rockford University campus, on an old industrial site along the Rock River. In groups of 3-5, students took two hours to come together and brainstorm what would be the best future use for the site in question.  

The teams came up with some outstanding ideas: a new hotel, new facilities for Rockford University, riverfront parkland, and space for student-created startup businesses.  All of these proposals were then critiqued in a salon style review in which teams could share their ideas, learn from each other, and get feedback from professionals.    


The studio proved to be a valuable learning experience, and a great way for students from multiple schools, programs, and knowledge bases to connect.  Thanks to all students, board members, and professionals for making the event a success, and thank you to Open Books Literacy Center for hosting the event!


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