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Design comes to the urban frontier

new ISU design outreach centers

An old boiler plant in a Sioux City back alley is now the Iowa State University Design West Studio. A renovated historical building in downtown Perry with decor made from old corncribs is the Town/Craft Center. With these new outreach centers ISU Extension is taking design to the urban frontier. No textbook example or experiment in a locked-up laboratory, rather, both centers allow Iowa State students to gain real-world design experience in partnership with Iowa communities.

The projects bring together local partners, College of Design student outreach and ISU Extension Community and Economic Development programming -- uniting state-of-the-art design, out-of-the-box thinking and a vision for Iowa’s future. ISU Design West is an outreach center for urban design, historic preservation and community development. Town/Craft focuses on generating and testing new ideas and concepts for small town and neighborhood development and economic renewal.

To learn more about ISU Design West, contact Susan Fey, susanfey@iastate.edu. For more information about Town/Craft, contact Alan Vandehaar, alanv@iastate.edu.

This article appeared in August 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter