Architecture Students Assist in Revitalizing South Scranton

Published on Fri, May 09, 2014

The first graduating class of fifth-year Bachelor of Architecture students will present their final projects from the course, "An Architecture of Urban Revitalization." The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, May 16, 5-7 p.m., at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Association headquarters, 213 South 7th Avenue, Scranton. The show will remain on view through June 6, 6-9 p.m., for First Friday events. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

"An Architecture of Urban Revitalization" is the architecture students' capstone studio course, which examines 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 at the old Penn Security Bank Building at 526 Cedar Avenue, and a corner site at 804 Cedar Avenue.

Through research and working with local charities 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 codes.

The Cedar Avenue corridor is currently the focus of a number of revitalization projects through the Elm Street project, the United Neighborhood Centers, and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Association.

For more information, visit the Architecture Department website, or call Miguel Salve, assistant professor of architecture, at (570) 961-4536.