Extension News

Design for the urban frontier

Town/Craft Center in Perry


This article is from the Summer 2007 edition of the Extension Connection newsletter.

Iowa State University Extension is taking design to the urban frontier — with two new outreach centers for urban design, one in downtown Perry and the other in downtown Sioux City. The projects bring together Iowa State College of Design student outreach and ISU Extension Community and Economic Development programming.

Town/Craft in Perry focuses on generating and testing new ideas and concepts for small town and neighborhood development and economic renewal. This design studio in a refurbished historical building incorporates sustainable pieces of Iowa’s past, such as corncrib walls, desk drawers and window blinds. For more information contact Alan Vandehaar, alanv@iastate.edu.

The Sioux City Design Studio is an outreach center for urban design, historic preservation and community development. It’s located in a 100-year-old former steam-boiler plant, with a four-story smokestack, in an alley behind a historic district. To learn more, contact Susan Fey, susanfey@iastate.edu.

Both projects allow Iowa State students to gain real-world design experience in partnership with Iowa communities.

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Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu