Connective Corridor design adds a charrette

SU, SUNY-ESF students collaborate with community members on design competition to bring key section of Connective Corridor to life

A group of Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) students will spend three days working around the clock on design proposals for a competition that aims to bring a key section of the Connective Corridor to life.

Students will form teams and collaborate with community members March 18 to 20 to propose ways to liven and enrich the streetscape of the Corridor that runs on East Genesee Street from the intersection at Irving Avenue to Interstate 81. The competition, "Change Your View," takes the form of a charrette, an intense period of time when students work together to solve a specific problem.

The winning design concept (or concepts) will be implemented this summer and will be exhibited to the public on Thursday, March 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Syracuse Center for the Performing Arts, 728-730 E. Genesee St. The exhibition coincides with Th3: A City-Wide Art Open, which is held on the third Thursday of each month.

More than 40 students from SU and SUNY-ESF will participate in the charrette, including those from five schools and colleges at SU: the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), the School of Architecture, the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Law and the School of Education. The students will work under the supervision of Michael McAllister, director of VPA's newly formed Center for Multidisciplinary Design, whose mission is to encourage students from various disciplines to find fresh solutions to real-world problems by working at the intersection of their diverse perspectives.

"This project is important because it offers students and community members a rare chance to collaborate in a concentrated effort to impact their own environment," McAllister said, "The charrette is also a unique opportunity for students from many different disciplines to work side by side. This effort helps move Syracuse University to the forefront of multidisciplinary education and will help us learn the pros and cons of multidisciplinary education as we shape our new center."

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