Spring 2019 CityStudioSTL Student Awards

Students in Inclusion and Neighborhood Resilience [v 2.0] Fox Park Studio with community partners.

Posted by Liz Kramer July 22, 2019

In spring 2019, two groups of students received funding to continue a project with a community partner in the St. Louis region that they began in a Sam Fox School course.

Fox Park Fieldhouse and Grounds
Project by Rachel Bennett, Kyle Kapaun, Megan Folkmann
In spring 2019, architecture students Bennett, Kapaun, and Folkmann in associate professor Catalina Freixas’s Inclusion and Neighborhood Resilience [v 2.0] Fox Park studio and worked with DeSales Community Housing Corporation to make conceptual proposals for potential housing and public space surrounding Fox Park in South St. Louis. After the semester concluded, a team of students decided to address an original request from DeSales to develop ideas for the Fox Park Field House. They will collect feedback from the community in person and through written surveys to help determine programs that would be desirable in the space, and create some potential options to support further development and fundraising for the building. They will engage regularly with the neighborhood association and DeSales.

Griot Museum of Black History Object Commercials
Project by Lauren McDaniel and Natia Kapanadze
Building on their work from Visualizing Ecological Processes, a fall 2018 studio taught by assistant professor Eric Ellingsen, landscape architecture students McDaniel and Kapanadze will screen commercials for objects in the Griot Museum of Black History’s collection. Students created these commercials with the goal of treating the objects like a “legend,” connecting each item’s material ecology with social ecologies and cultural geographies. In fall 2019, the students plan events to attract new audiences to see the artifacts held in the Griot Museum.

About CityStudioSTL

CityStudioSTL is an initiative inspired by Design for Excellence, the Sam Fox School’s 10-year strategic plan. Originally offered in partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Gina and Bill Wischmeyer, BA69/MArch71, this program has supported a series of community engagement and outreach projects in the city of St. Louis over the past several years. More information is available here>> 

About CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants

CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants are open to all teaching faculty affiliated with the Sam Fox School. Funding may support existing community-engaged courses, adding a component of community-engaged teaching to an existing course, or developing and executing a new community-engaged course. Students must be involved in socially engaged and collaborative work with a St. Louis-based partner. Grant applications are due in the mid-fall and mid-spring semesters. More information is available here>>