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An Architecture of Urban Revitalization5/16/14, 5:00pm
Marywood University’s graduating Bachelors of Architecture fifth year students will present their final projects from the course “An Architecture of Urban Revitalization.” This is their capstone studio course which examined urban conditions and how architecture can integrate into a neighborhood to help build community, economy, and opportunities.
For the project students studied six blocks on Cedar Avenue in Scranton’s South Side, focusing on three underutilized sites: an infill site at 409 Cedar Avenue, an adaptive reuse site of the old Penn Security Bank Building at 526 Cedar Avenue, and a corner site at 804 Cedar Avenue where the Avenue jogs at Birch Street. Through research and working with a local charity focusing on revitalizing South Side the students identified three major programmatic needs in the area: a branch library, an arts incubator, and a youth center. After conducting a neighborhood-wide site analysis students developed their own designs following zoning ordinances and code.
Their work shows how new life and promise can be created in a neighborhood by designing with care and consideration to existing conditions while recognizing unmet needs of a community. All student projects will be displayed for the public beginning May 16th with an opening from 5:00-7:00 PM at Lackawanna Heritage Valley headquarters, 213 S. 7th Avenue. The exhibition stays open for regular business hours through June 6th.