In May 2013, a group of multidisciplinary final year masters’ students were selected to work collaboratively on an issue in one of the contexts of the Community Design and Research Center (CDRC) and Appalachian Prosperity Project (APP)’s research areas.

2013 Appalachia Postgraduate Design Institute Fellows

 

In May 2013, a group of multidisciplinary final year masters’ students were selected to work collaboratively on an issue in one of the contexts of the Community Design and Research Center (CDRC) and Appalachian Prosperity Project (APP)’s research areas.

 BACKGROUND
In May 2013, a group of multidisciplinary final year masters’ students were selected to work collaboratively on an issue in one of the contexts of the Community Design and Research Center (CDRC) and Appalachian Prosperity Project (APP)’s research areas. Led by a faculty mentor, the team was charged with developing immediate strategies for solutions using a cross-disciplinary lens. The 2013 team worked in partnership with the Town of Appalachia, Virginia, to produce a downtown revitalization design incorporating a cultural landscape that includes a new rails-to-trails initiative and historic preservation.

Objectives

  1. Work collaboratively with Appalachia Rails-to-Trails Committee Members to:
    1. Create a conceptual plan for connecting the trailhead of the future Powell River Trail through the Town of Appalachia to the future Riverview Park.
    2. Propose alternative design and programming scenarios for the trailhead of the future Powell River Trail.
  2. Develop projections of economic impact of the Powell River Trail.
  3. Compile a range of ideas that build directly on the Powell River Trail and extend its reach to further the development and prosperity of the Town of Appalachia.

PARTICIPANTS
The 2013 Fellows and their disciplines and specialties were:
Rosalyn Keesee, Urban and Environmental Planning/Special Needs Access
Ryan Lewandowski, Architecture/Advanced Technology Applications
Lucas Lyons, Urban and Environmental Planning/Community Participation
James Moore, Landscape Architecture/Public Space
Abigail Bucher Ness, Urban and Environmental Planning/GIS
Elizabeth Russell, Urban and Environmental Planning/Historic Preservation

 

Payton May (Urban and Environmental Planning, 2014), Sarah Schramm (Landscape Architecture, 2014) and Julia Triman (Urban and Environmental Planning, 2014) also joined the group and provided support.

ADVISORS
Melissa Goldman, Fabrication Facilities Manager, UVa School of Architecture
Suzanne Morse Moomaw, Director, Community Design and Research Center
Nancy Takahashi, Faculty Mentor, Landscape Architecture